Category:American Broadcasting Company television specials
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The following 74 pages are in this category, out of 74 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular – Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular is a Thanksgiving television special with American singer Lady Gaga and the Muppets. The 90-minute program aired on ABC on November 28,2013, with guest stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elton John and RuPaul and it was the second Gaga Thanksgiving special on ABC, after A Very Gaga Thanksgiving in 2011. The singer had previously collaborated with the Muppets on media appearances, the special featured songs from Gagas third studio album, Artpop, and duets with the guest stars. Critics gave the mixed reviews, with some praising Gaga for being relatable in the show. Other reviewers were disappointed with its lack of ideas, other than as a promotion for Artpop. It had lower ratings than other Thanksgiving specials, with a total of 3.62 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the adult age 18–49 demographic. Announcer Tom Kane explains to Pepe the King Prawn that the special is being filmed for Lady Gaga, after Statler and Waldorfs review of the performance, Kristen Bell asks for Gagas autograph. This annoys Miss Piggy who was planning her own finale and enlists the Muppets to hold auditions, Gaga performs Applause, followed by Bennie and the Jets and Artpop with Elton John. After discussing ideas for the finale, Gaga performs Manicure and the Muppets talk about the most inappropriate gifts they ever received, Kermit the Frog joins Gaga in a duet of Gypsy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt duets on Baby, Its Cold Outside. Kermits friendship with Gaga angers Miss Piggy, after a performance of Fashion, by Gaga and RuPaul, Miss Piggy bemoans the attention paid to the singer. Although she dreams of singing Santa Baby, she is upstaged in her dream by Youthful Praise, after a trailer for the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted, Gaga asks Miss Piggy to suggest a finale and reprises Applause with the Muppets. In October 2013, the American Broadcasting Company announced a 90-minute special entitled Lady Gaga and it was the second Thanksgiving television special on ABC by Gaga, after A Very Gaga Thanksgiving in 2011. The singer collaborated with the Muppets for the special, which aired on November 28,2013, I was so excited when ABC called me about doing a holiday special this year. I knew it just wouldnt be a night of laughter. Cant wait to see the gang again, and I hope Miss Piggys still not mad about Kermit, were just friends, Gaga said about the special. Guest stars included Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elton John and RuPaul, with an appearance by Kristen Bell, Gaga performed several songs from her third studio album, Artpop. It was confirmed that holiday classics like Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells would be performed by the Muppets, a promotional tie-in with the special was the trailer for Muppets Most Wanted, in which Gaga made a cameo appearance. Kory Grow of Rolling Stone called the special a fitting move for the singer, since she was releasing Artpop and the Muppets frequently collaborated with celebrities
2. John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together – John Denver and the Muppets, A Christmas Together is a 1979 Christmas television special starring Jim Hensons Muppets and singer/songwriter John Denver. The special first aired December 5,1979 on ABC, the special has never been released in any standard home media video format and there are currently no plans to release it. The special opens with Denver and the Muppets singing The Twelve Days of Christmas, during the discussion of her number, Miss Piggy confronts Denver in her dressing room about their presumably mutual attraction. Miss Piggy, as a doll named Fifi, sings I Will Wait for You to Denver, the program concludes with Denver reciting the story of Jesus birth and joining the Muppets to sing Stille Nacht/Silent Night while the children in the audience join in. Better known is the album of the same name, which featured 13 tracks of traditional Christmas carols. All releases of the album contain a different recording of The Twelve Days of Christmas than that featured in the TV special, a sheet music edition was also released containing most of the songs and musical scores from the special. This is the listing for the full version of the soundtrack. - bass guitar, arranger Glen D
3. Live Aid – Live Aid was a dual-venue concert held on 13 July 1985, and an ongoing music-based fundraising initiative. The original event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the jukebox, the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in countries, such as the Soviet Union, Japan, Austria, Australia. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time, the 1985 Live Aid concert was conceived as a follow-on to the successful charity single Do They Know Its Christmas. Which was also the brainchild of Geldof and Ure, in October 1984, images of millions of people starving to death in Ethiopia were shown in the UK in Michael Buerks BBC News reports on the 1984 famine. Bob Geldof saw the report, and called Midge Ure from Ultravox, in the hope of raising money for famine relief. Geldof then contacted colleagues in the industry and persuaded them to record the single under the title Band Aid for free. On 25 November 1984, the song was recorded at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, Geldof then set his sights on staging a huge concert to raise further funds. The idea to stage a charity concert to raise funds for Ethiopia originally came from Boy George. George and Culture Club drummer Jon Moss had taken part in the recording of Do They Know Its Christmas, and in December 1984 Culture Club were undertaking a tour of the UK, which culminated in six nights at Wembley Arena. George was so overcome by the occasion he told Geldof that they should consider organising a benefit concert and its a logical progression from the record, but the point is you dont just talk about it, you go ahead and do it. It was clear from the interview that Geldof had already had the idea to hold a dual venue concert and how the concerts should be structured, The show should be as big as is humanly possible. Theres no point just 5,000 fans turning up at Wembley, we need to have Wembley linked with Madison Square Gardens and it would be great for Duran to play three or four numbers at Wembley and then flick to Madison Square where Springsteen would be playing. While hes on, the Wembley stage could be ready for the next British act like the Thompsons or whoever. In that way lots of acts could be featured and the rights, tickets. Its not an idea, and certainly one worth exploiting. Among those involved in organising Live Aid were Harvey Goldsmith, who was responsible for the Wembley Stadium concert, and Bill Graham, the concert grew in scope, as more acts were added on both sides of the Atlantic
4. Once Upon a Wheel – Once Upon a Wheel is a 1971 ABC television documentary on the history of auto racing. It was hosted by Paul Newman and was directed and produced by David Winters, a racing enthusiast, Newman narrated this hour-long documentary on the history of auto racing. Joining Newman was Mario Andretti, Kirk Douglas, Hugh Downs, Dean Martin, Cesar Romero, Dick Smothers, TV Guide featured an article on the program as well as Newman on the cover in the April 17,1971 issue. The film was released to video by Monterey Media. Coca-Cola bottlers sponsored the show, and Mr. Newman appeared in magazine ads, the show was released theatrically in Europe, with additional footage. The Italian title was I Giganti del Brivido, and Vertigo Sobre Ruedas in Spanish, the director, David Winters has stated it was Paul Newmans impression of the finished product that encouraged the extended version. Spectacular. Paul Newman and celebs performed for director David Winters with joie de la cause, a poetic study of man and machines. Incredible effect. Most exciting. -Hollywood Reporter Dazzlingly brilliant. Exciting…Moving Most Exciting show ever, a Special TV Special -TV Guide The Woodstock of racing. it is very touching. it is entertaining. it has a balletic sense of it. Incredible. Ormstein, Bill, Winters-Rosen Triple Budgets, Hollywood Reporter,17, Nov,1970, home video listing on commercial website ASIN B0002IQNHE Overview on New York Times Website Once Upon a Wheel at the Internet Movie Database
5. Rudolph's Shiny New Year – Rudolphs Shiny New Year is a 1976 Christmas/New Years stop motion animated television special and a sequel to the 1964 special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The special premiered on ABC on December 10,1976, Three years later, it was also aired on TV Asahi in Japan on December 24,1979 under the Japanese dub title 赤鼻のトナカイ ルドルフ物語. Santa sends Rudolph out to find him, an evil vulture called Eon the Terrible is supposed to live for exactly one Eon after which he will turn into ice and snow and disintegrate. As his particular Eon will end January 1 of the New Year, he plans to kidnap Happy to keep the year from ending and stop time, sent to assist in this journey are some agents of Father Time including General Ticker, The Great Quarter-Past-Five, and Big Ben. Upon arrival in the Archipelagos, Rudolph first travels to the belonging to a caveman named One Million B. C. O. M. inhabits an island anachronistically inhabited with friendly dinosaurs and other prehistoric, as Rudolph and his friends search for Happy, they repeatedly encounter Eon. After other off-screen visits to the islands of 4000 B. C, meanwhile, Happy managed to befriend the Three Bears, but becomes saddened when he removes his hat and exposing his big ears to them, causing him to leave again. The group then travels to the island of 1776, which reflects Colonial America and is ruled over by Sev who resembles Benjamin Franklin. Following Happys seeming rejection on the Island of 1776, Eon kidnaps him, the group now leaves the Archipelego in pursuit. Catching up to Eon, they attempt to rescue the baby, however, Eon thwarts them by sending an avalanche down on the group and trapping them inside giant snowballs. Managing to melt his way free using his nose, Rudolph climbs up to Eons nest where he finds Happy, Rudolph shows Happy his nose and tells him his own story of being bullied because of his nonconformity before asking Happy to let him see his ears. Happy does so, and Rudolph, like everyone else before him, Happy once again gets upset, but Rudolph explains that the sight of Happys ears had made him feel so wonderful that he had to laugh out loud, just like it had done with everyone else. With this declaration, Happy shouts out with joy, but causes Eon to awaken, Rudolph quickly tells Happy to take off his hat and leave it off for good. At the sight of Happys large ears, Eon bursts into laughter which sends him tumbling down the side of the mountain. Rudolph realizes that Eon is now so full of warmth and happiness that it would be impossible for him to turn to ice, with Santas help, they return to Father Times castle with Happy just in time for the beginning of the new year, which is designated Nineteen-Wonderful. After the celebration, everyone wishes Happy a happy new year and Rudolph proclaims to the viewers that it may be shiny,4000 BC, Rudolph mentions that all its inhabitants wanted to do was built pyramids. 1023, Represented as an island filled with fairytale characters. The year 1023 is said to be all the well-known fairy tales
6. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (film) – Santa Claus Is Comin to Town is a 1970 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The film stars Fred Astaire as the narrator S. D, Kluger, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle/Santa Claus, Keenan Wynn as the Winter Warlock, and Paul Frees in various roles. The film tells the story of how Santa Claus and several Claus-related Christmas traditions came to be and it is based on the hit Christmas song of the same name, which was introduced on radio by Eddie Cantor in 1934, and the story of Saint Nicholas. The special was created in Japan using stop motion animation called Animagic, in all the characters are made out of wood and plastic. Kluger the mailman is introduced after a newsreel prologue, telling how children around the world are preparing for Christmas, when his snowmobile/mail truck breaks down, he tells the story of Santa Claus, answering the childrens letters to Santa. The story begins in the city of Sombertown, ruled by the ill-tempered Burgermeister Meisterburger. A baby arrives on his doorstep with a tag reading Claus. He instead orders his lawkeeper Grimsley to take the baby to the Orphan Asylum, led by Tanta Kringle, the elf queen, they adopt the baby and name him “Kris”. A few years later, Kris hopes to restore the Kringle family as The First Toymakers to the King, when Kris is old enough, he volunteers to deliver the elves toys to Sombertown. Unfortunately, the Burgermeister has outlawed all toys in the town, on his way to Sombertown, Kris meets a lost penguin whom he names Topper as they evade the Winter Warlock who vows to catch him the next time he passes. In the town, he offers toys to two children washing their stockings by a water fountain and he is stopped by Miss Jessica, their lovely schoolteacher, but she softens toward Kris when he offers her a china doll as a peace offering. As Kris gives more toys, the Burgermeister arrives to arrest the children and he at first happily plays with it, but Grimsley reminds him hes breaking his own law, leading to Burgermeister ordering Kris capture. As Kris and Topper return to the Kringles, the Winter Warlock captures them with the help of his Tree Monsters Willy Willow and Peter Pine. But when Kris gives him a toy train as a present in exchange for having his Tree Monsters release him, to repay him, he re-unites Kris with Jessica, who informs him that the Burgermeister has destroyed all the toys and the children now want new ones. When the Burgermeister hears that Kris means to bring more toys, but Kris enters by the chimneys where the children hung their stockings to dry by the fire where Kris hid the toys. Thereafter Burgermeister sets a trap for Kris as he makes another delivery, and thus captures the Kringles, Topper, with the reindeers help, the Kringles, Kris, Topper, and Winter escape. After months as an outlaw, Kris returns to the woods, after Tanta suggests that he return to his birth name Claus for safety, Kris marries Jessica. After the ceremony on December 24, the travels to the North Pole to build their own castle
7. Alice Cooper: The Nightmare – Alice Cooper, The Nightmare was a conceptual television special showcasing the music of the Welcome To My Nightmare album by Alice Cooper. It originally broadcast in North America on April 25,1975 by ABC, in the TV special, Alice Cooper stars as Steven who is trapped in a nightmare he cant wake up from and tries to escape. Vincent Price also appears throughout the special, starring as the Spirit of the Nightmare, the special features the Welcome To My Nightmare album in its entirety, with the addition of the song Ballad of Dwight Fry from the Alice Cooper album Love It to Death. In 1983 the TV special was released on VHS and Betamax home video in the US and it has not yet been issued on domestic Blu-ray or DVD. This special won an Emmy in 1976 for Outstanding Achievement in Video Tape Editing for a Special and its home video release gained a Grammy Awards nomination for Best Video Album in 1984. When it was originally broadcast on television in 1975, the lyrics to Only Women Bleed were slightly changed, a portion of this version is featured on the Alice Cooper, Prime Cuts video, which was initially released in 1991. Welcome to My Nightmare Devils Food Some Folks Only Women Bleed Cold Ethyl The Black Widow Years Ago Department of Youth Years Ago Steven The Awakening Ballad of Dwight Fry Escape The Awakening
8. Benji's Very Own Christmas Story – Benjis Very Own Christmas Story is a 1978 American Christmas television special featuring Benji the dog and is one of two such Benji specials to have been nominated for an Emmy Award. Patsy Garrett and Cynthia Smith reprise their roles as Mary. The special was broadcast on ABC on December 7,1978, Mary and Cindy from the Benji films are on a promotional tour in Switzerland and are asked to be grand marshalls of a Christmas parade in Zermatt. Due to a broken leg Kris Kringle is sending his elves out to deliver presents, with help from Mary and Cindy, Kringle realizes the true meaning of Christmas and performs a musical number showing how Saint Nicholas appears all over the world. Benjean as Benji Patsy Garrett as Mary Cynthia Smith as Cindy Chapman Ron Moody as Kris Kringle, actress Cynthia Smith was nominated for a Youth in Film Award in 1979 for her performance. The other nominations in her category were Patsy Kensit for Hanover Street, Brooke Shields for Just You and Me, Kid, Mariel Hemingway for Manhattan, the winner was Diane Lane for A Little Romance. The film was nominated in the category of Best TV Series or Special Featuring Youth. Also nominated in the category were The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie. Official web site of Benji and Joe Camp Benjis Very Own Christmas Story at the Internet Movie Database Benjis Very Own Christmas Story at AllMovie Benjis Very Own Christmas Story at Rotten Tomatoes
9. Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue – The show was produced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and Southern Star Productions, and was animated overseas by Wang Film Productions Co. Ltd. The plot chronicles the exploits of Michael, a teenager who is using marijuana and his younger sister, Corey, is worried about him because he started acting differently. When her piggy bank goes missing, her cartoon tie-in toys come to life to help her find it, in Coreys bedroom, an unseen person steals her piggy bank from her dresser. The theft is witnessed by Papa Smurf, who emerges from a Smurfs comic book with the other Smurfs, the cartoon characters track down the thief and discover that it is Coreys big brother, Michael. Simon opens a box under Michaels bed and identifies its contents as marijuana, meanwhile, Corey expresses her concerns about Michaels change in behavior. He storms out of the house, the cartoon characters quickly realize that something must be done about his addiction and they set off, leaving Pooh behind to look after Corey. At the arcade, Michael smokes pot with his old friends and Smoke and they run out and are chased into an alleyway by a policeman. The policeman is revealed to be Bugs Bunny wearing a policemans hat. Bugs traps Smoke in a garbage can and uses a machine to see when. Meanwhile, at home, Corey and Michaels parents are concern about their sons behavior, Pooh then approaches her and questions her about Michael, which she responds saying she doesnt want to get Michael into trouble, Pooh however tries to reason with her. Inside a Hall of Mirrors, ALF shows Michael his reflection of how he is today, then his reflection if he not stop taking drugs. When Michael insists that he could if he wants to. Corey and Pooh re-enter Michaels room and find his marijuana box, Smoke appears and throws Pooh inside a cabinet and tempts Corey to try the drug. Corey reasons that if she does what Michael does, then maybe they could have fun together, Michael comes back into his bedroom, just in time to stop Corey from using the drugs herself. He tells her that he never wants to see her end up like him and she advises him to talk about his problems to their parents and to her. Smoke tries to him otherwise, but Michael throws him out of the window. While in a truck, Smoke vows to return saying can bet on it. The various characters owners allowed the use of the characters for free because of the public aspect of the special
10. A Charlie Brown Valentine – A Charlie Brown Valentine is an animated television special, based on characters from the Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts. It features the Peanuts characters during the leading up to Valentines Day. A Charlie Brown Valentine was the first Peanuts special to be produced after the death of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz in 2000, the bulk of the music score is classic melodies composed by Vince Guaraldi, some tunes which had only been utilized once. Other more notable tunes, such as Charlie Brown theme, Peppermint Patty, all themes were performed by David Benoit. She also does not resemble the Heather version in any way and this special begins with Charlie Brown sitting on a bench at lunch, trying to get the nerve to talk to the Little Red Haired Girl, but of course, chickening out. He says he feels silly to chicken out, because he knows he is the type of person she would like and he says I may not be the greatest guy who ever lived, but after all, who is. Im just a type of guy who never gets to meet little red haired girls. Just then, the Little Red Haired Girl walks by, Charlie Brown notices it, picks it up, and sees it has teethmarks in it. He realizes, this means she nibbles on her pencil, and is human. Later that day, Charlie Brown buys a box of chocolates for the Little Red Haired Girl. The next day, Marcie is seen making a Valentines card for Charlie Brown, later that day, Marcie goes over to Charlie Browns house to ask him if he likes her, and all Charlie Brown says is, Do I what. Later, Charlie Brown receives a letter saying I know you like me, Charlie Brown gets very excited thinking its from the Little Red Haired Girl, but Peppermint Patty yells at him, telling him That letter was from me. She leaves Charlie Brown standing there, saying I do, and the next day Marcie calls Charlie Brown to ask him if he likes her, and he gets confused again. Charlie Brown buys the Little Red Haired Girl a valentine, and he tells Snoopy to pretend to be the little Red Haired Girl while he practices delivering the valentine. When Charlie Brown knocks on his door, Snoopy answers with a wig on, Charlie Brown still doesnt know what to do about the Little Red Haired Girl. Linus suggests Charlie Brown should invite her to the school Valentines Day dance, Charlie Brown agrees, but first asks Linus to talk to her to find out if she likes him. Linus goes over and asks her if she likes Charlie Brown, however, the Little Red Haired girl has no idea there was a kid in their class named Charlie Brown. Later, in class, Charlie Brown tries to impress the Little Red Haired Girl by winking at her, however, before she can notice him, the teacher sends Charlie Brown to the nurse because she thinks he is winking because his eye hurts him
11. Cher... Special – Special is a one-off television special by American singer/actress Cher that was broadcast on ABC on April 3,1978 at 9,00 pm ET/PT and was recorded at ABC Studios in Burbank, California. Special was a success for ABC and it was ranked among the Top 10 most watched programs of the week. In the fall of 1978, it was honored with a technical Emmy Award for Best Achievement in Lighting Direction, the show features Dolly Parton, Rod Stewart and The Tubes. As the show begins, there is a spotlight on the floor, I thought I asked you not to mess up my record albums. Cher steps into the spotlight, made up to look like a version of herself with her hair in pigtails. The young Cher sits on the floor and tells her mother that she is upset because she is not blonde and she says all the pretty girls have blonde hair. Her mother tells her daughter that she is beautiful and someday she will realize just how special she really is. Cher tells her mother that she try to understand and explains that she got into the record albums so that she could learn the songs from West Side Story for school. When her mother asks Cher what part she is going to play, Cher replies, Cher stands up, looks directly at the camera, and says, Ladies and gentlemen, for tonight’s entertainment, I am proud to present West Side Story. I will be playing all the parts, for the next fifteen minutes, Cher sings and dances to a medley of songs from the musical, playing both male and female characters. Laverne, Chers most famous character from the days of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. The final segment is a big production number with a medley of songs performed by Cher, Dolly Parton, Cher. Special concludes with Cher saying, Momma, Im still here. Ive got the hair, the same bumpy nose and vampire teeth. But you were right, I feel better about myself now, then Chers nine-year-old daughter Chastity asks, Mom, have you been into my records again. Cher says, my children Chastity and Elijah both have blonde hair, I guess they dont have the advantages of having black hair, but nobody told them it was going to be easy. Then she sings When You Wish upon a Star, as the final credits roll by, Chers young son Elijah Blue Allman comes out and sits on her lap. The performance is a duel between the forces of good and evil to determine where Cher will spend eternity. Dolly Parton is dressed in white and, with a team of brightly clad singers, portrays an angel, while The Tubes, dressed in black leather, songs performed include Smoke and Mondo Bondage, People Get Ready, and My Sweet Lord