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    MTV Unplugged

    MTV Unplugged

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    MTV - Music Television
    The idea of Unplugged is that bands perform only acoustical and without any electronically devices. So this term usually only applies to music bands or performers that usually don't perform unplugged. Many performers fought with a performance the judgment that they actually can't play and computers and machines produce the entire sound. The origin of the idea isn't absolutely clear. There are only concerts in the unplugged style, but who really invented it, is unclear. The first concert you could describe as unplugged was Elvis Presley's concert in 1968 today known as the 68 Comeback Special. As inventors Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora get named, because they performed with only with two guitars at the MTV Music Awards in 1989 the tracks Wanted Dead Or Alive und Livin' On A Prayer. So the Unplugged series started soon later in 1989. Jules Shear hosted the first season, with was produced as 30 minute short "concerts", in an absolute simple way. The artists sitting in a half circle, maybe some background musicians behind them and playing their music in a small location, styled almost like a café. The second season was basically the same concept, but the duration now changes and MTV Unplugged leaves the US for the first time and goes to the UK. Also there isn't any host from now on. The bands announce themselves. The third season was the last one really organized as season. The ending of this season with the session of Bruce Springsteen also change the image of the series, because he performs plugged instead of unplugged. Season four starts with a big surprise: The first session with no English speaking band: Roxette! Season four already takes on the character this series will have in all other seasons from now on. It isn't a series anymore it's an idea. All sessions are a project to fallow this idea. In this context MTV invites comedians for the Spoken Word I session. A basically non musical session, but season four ends with a big bang. The Nirvana unplugged session makes this show part of music history. Nirvana doesn't perform a completely unplugged session, because Kurt Cobain uses some electronic sampler in the background. The discussion if this performance can be counted as unplugged doesn't hurt the success in any way. In season five, MTV Latin America starts recoding performances in the US starting with episode eight of this season. MTV US also airs these sessions. Season six and seven are basically the same like season five – they write the story of the show even further. With season eight the seasons aren't organized in the usual TV year rhythm anymore. Instead of the summer till summer schedule and the fact that it isn't a series anymore, the schedule now works similar to the usual calendar from 1.1 till 12.31. In 1998 the big break comes. MTV only produces one session and the series is basically dead. In 1999 the show is basically reborn, because now every characteristics of a series were now gone and every single session is a project by its own and is produced and released as such. Season 11 in 2000 features only one session again, basically because the time spirit works against the show concepts – the IT boom and the ultimate believe in the new millennium makes this show look spare. The first year in the new millennium the show starts over once more. More globally than ever the show starts with three Latin American performances before two US performances fallow and the year ends over in Asia, but visited Europe first. From now on the number of sessions produced in one year goes down dramatically. Season 13 features only three sessions, season 14 and 15 only one. In 2005 the show comes back form Europe to the US after three years absence with one other big performance. This time it's Alicia Keys who gives the show a new boost. ------------------------------------------- Notes to this show guide: Seasons: 1-8 are numbered as regular seasons. 9+ are organized annually, because of this shows character. Episodes: Numbered according to the original air dates (where ever that was). The show: The show isn't only the US series, since this is a global series since the beginning. Many episodes helped to build up MTV stations in many countries, sessions where produced. So this guide lists all sessions, not only the US ones. So the guide has more seasons and episodes than can be found in other guides. So don't be confused about that.moreless
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    The Academy Awards

    The Academy Awards

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    ABC
    Since its inception in 1929, The Academy Awards has become the event of the year for film followers worldwide. A celebration of all things cinematic, the presentation of the iconic gold Oscar statuettes to members of the film community for excellence during the year represents the highest honor in filmmaking. The Oscars is one of the only awards ceremonies that've never been cancelled.moreless
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    The Primetime Emmy Awards

    The Primetime Emmy Awards

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    CBS
    Once a year, television's royalty gathers together for a ceremony honoring the best of the best of primetime TV. Shows, actors, and writers are all given a chance to take home a coveted Emmy statue--but in order to win, they must pass the mysterious and rigorous selection process of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Millions of people tune in to watch each year's ceremony and find out if their favorite shows and actors have been recognized or ignored, and the results can often make or break a series or career. The Emmy statue, depicting a winged woman holding an atom, was developed in 1948 by Louis McManus. The statue is meant to signify the arts, through the female figure, and the sciences, through the atom. The name for the award is taken from "Immy," a slang term for "image orthicon tube," an ingredient of many early television cameras. Since the figure is female, "Emmy" seemed more suitable to the Academy.moreless
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    Penn & Teller: Fool Us

    Penn & Teller: Fool Us

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    The CW
    Magicians perform in front of a crowd to see if they can fool well-known illusionists Penn and Teller (who'll be hidden in the audience). If they can, they win a five star trip to Las Vegas where they'll perform alongside Penn & Teller. The one-off 90 minute pilot broadcast in January 2011 led to an eight part series being commissioned later in the same year for broadcast on UK TV network ITV. In June 2012 it was announced that the series had been cancelled. Repeated in the US on The CW and garnering decent ratings, a second season was commissioned for broadcast in 2015.moreless
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    US Open

    US Open

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    US Open
    The US Open is the fourth and final event of the tennis Grand Slam. The players are competing for nearly $20,000,000 in prize money at the event held in Flushing, New York annually. Andy Murray and Serena Williams are the reigning men's and women's champions. USA Network was previously the cable home of this event in America. ESPN2 currently airs matches along with broadcast partner CBS.moreless
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    Academy of Country Music Awards

    Academy of Country Music Awards

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    The superstars of Hollywood and Music gather together every year to celebrate the biggest accomplishments of the year in Country Music.
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    MTV Movie Awards

    MTV Movie Awards

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    MTV - Music Television
    Summer starts off with a blast with Premiering in 1992, the MTV Movie Awards is known for its unorthodox categories like Best Kiss, film spoofs, and fan voting. Always chock full of celebrities and top musical acts, the MTV Movie Awards honor the so-called popcorn movies that do not necessarily fare well with the critics, but are hugely successful with young audiences.moreless
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    MTV Video Music Awards

    MTV Video Music Awards

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    MTV - Music Television
    Since 1984, MTV has had an awards show for the year's top and new pop music videos. Now known as the VMA's, it was traditionally held on the first Thursday of September on the East or West coast. But since 9/11, it has been moved to the previous week. Every year there is atleast 1 host and performances by the nominees and newer artists.moreless
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    The Daytime Emmy Awards

    The Daytime Emmy Awards

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    CBS
    The Daytime Emmy Awards debuted as its own award show in 1974 with only three categories: The Top Soap, The Top Actress, and The Top Actor. Since then daytime television has grown into a major small screen force, and The Daytime Emmy Awards has become the most highly-anticipated event of the year for fans and professionals alike.moreless
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    The Grammy Awards

    The Grammy Awards

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    CBS
    In similar fashion to their film equivalent (The Academy Awards), The Grammys is an awards show that honors the achievements of the members of the professional music recording industry through a voting system. The members of the Recording Academy vote on who they think is most deserving of an award in 108 categories as specified by the academy. Each year the awards are presented during a live telecast that was begun in 1971 by ABC, but has since been televised by CBS after they bought it in 1973. They were initially known as the Gramophone Awards this is because the trophy itself is a golden gramophone but later they became the Grammys.moreless
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    CMA Awards

    CMA Awards

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    ABC
    Since their inception in 1967, the CMA Awards have been country music's most anticipated night of the year. The hottest stars in America's most popular music genre turn out annually to see who will be named the top talent in categories such as Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of Year, Musical Event of the Year and many more. Outstanding performances and top notch entertainment make this awards show a not-to-be-missed tradition for the country music follower.moreless
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    Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards

    Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards

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    Nickelodeon
    In 1987, Nickelodeon created the first national poll of kids' choices for their favorites in pop culture. This grew into Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards. Every year the event continues to grow with the media dubbing the event the "mini-Oscars". In 2006, more than 25 million kids cast their ballots.moreless
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    Battle of the Network Stars

    Battle of the Network Stars

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    ABC (ended 2003)
    Battle of the Network Stars pits celebrities from the three major networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS against each other in team events. The events include relay races in swimming and track, a closest to the hole golf contest, a baseball throwing competition with a celebrity in a dunk tank, a bicycle relay, volleyball match and an obstacle course. The finale in each show is a tug-of-war. The teams are awarded points based on their finish. First place gets 100 points, second place receives 75 points and third getting 50 points. Each member of the team that finishes first based on total points after the events are completed receives $20,000.moreless
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    The Oakley Arctic Challenge

    The Oakley Arctic Challenge

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    Fuel TV
    Every year the best snowboarders in the world come together to compete in one of the most highly recognized events in snowboarding, The Arctic Challenge. Founded by legendary snowboarder Terje Haakonsen, this event is a week of record-breaking air and picture perfect-competition moments.moreless
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    Puppy Bowl

    Puppy Bowl

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    Animal Planet
    Forget the human players, what Superbowl viewers really get riled up about is this exciting Animal Planet show. Airing for three hours alongside the big game, this is a battle of cuteness as several baby breeds take to the field.moreless
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    Strikeforce

    Strikeforce

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    Showtime (ended 2013)
    Strikeforce is a Mixed Martial Arts promotion that currently airs events on Showtime. Cards usually consist of 4-5 fights. The final event took place on January 12, 2013.
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    Snow Bride

    Snow Bride

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    Hallmark Channel (TV Movie 2013)
    Katrina Law plays Greta Kaine, a Los Angeles tabloid reporter always in search of the next piece of juicy gossip. She thrives on unearthing juicy gossip amongst the rich and famous. When a rumor starts that one of the late senator Tannehill’s two sons might proposing marriage at the family’s Big Bear compound, Greta goes under cover to get the scoop.moreless
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    World Series of Poker

    World Series of Poker

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    ESPN
    The World Series of Poker is the Super Bowl of poker. It consists of over 55 events and as of 2007 is broadcast on the ESPN cable network.
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    Teen Choice Awards

    Teen Choice Awards

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    FOX
    Teen icons take to the stage to accept superstar status in this FOX awards show. Celebrity hosts and award presenters share the spotlight with winners from film, television, music, sports and fashion worlds in a variety of creative categories.moreless
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    Stand Up To Cancer

    Stand Up To Cancer

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    CBS
    Celebrities gather together to man the phone in this important tele-a-thon event. Join the fight!
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