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    The Primetime Emmy Awards

    The Primetime Emmy Awards

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    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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    Gruden's QB Camp

    Gruden's QB Camp

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    Former NFL head coach and current Monday Night Football announcer, Jon Gruden, works with prospective professional players by evaluating their game and helping them run through drills in this unique and innovative program on ESPN.moreless
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    Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards

    Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards

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    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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    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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    CMA Awards

    CMA Awards

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    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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    The Academy Awards

    The Academy Awards

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    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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    Super Bowl

    Super Bowl

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    The Super Bowl is the biggest football game of the year. Each year since 1967 two teams battle it out on the gridiron for the NFL's most prized possession, the Lombardi Trophy, which was named after legendary Green Bay coach Vince Lombardi, the winner of the first two Super Bowls.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the record for most Super Bowl victories with six. The Dallas Cowboys have the most appearances in The Super Bowl with eight.

    Four teams have never made it to the Super Bowl; they are the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans.moreless
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    MTV Movie Awards

    MTV Movie Awards

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    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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    Ultimate Fighting Championship

    Ultimate Fighting Championship

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    The UFC showcases the most elite mixed martial arts fighters in the world, combining aspects of wrestling, BBJ, Muay Thai, boxing, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo and various other disciplines of martial arts to present a unique blend of competition.moreless
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    The Grammy Awards

    The Grammy Awards

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    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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    Teen Choice Awards

    Teen Choice Awards

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    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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    The Daytime Emmy Awards

    The Daytime Emmy Awards

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    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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    BCS National Championship

    BCS National Championship

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    BCS National Championship is the last bowl game of the annual Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and is intended to determine the National Champion of the **** Division I Football. Since 1998, The two participants are the two highest ranked football teams at the end of the college football season, currently determined by averaging the results of the final weekly USA Today Coaches' Poll, Harris Interactive Poll of media, former players and coaches, and the average of six participating Computer rankings. The BCS National Championship is rotated amongst 4 different venue and locations. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (Orange Bowl). The Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana (Sugar Bowl). And finally the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Fiesta Bowl). Though immersed in controversy, the BCS National Championship game is the most coveted sport of any sport in college athletics.moreless
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    World's Strongest Man

    World's Strongest Man

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    Starting in 1977 with The Hulk's Lou Ferrigno competing, The World's Strongest Man is an event held once a year, it brings champion strongmen from around the globe to compete against each other.moreless
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    The TeenNick HALO Awards

    The TeenNick HALO Awards

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    This awards show featuring kids giving back to the Earth with the host Nick Cannon. The stars give out awards rather than receive them.
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    MLS Cup

    MLS Cup

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    The MLS cup is the annual championship game of Major League Soccer.
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    America's Secret Slang

    America's Secret Slang

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    Examining the origins of American slang words and phrases.
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    The X Factor (New Zealand)

    The X Factor (New Zealand)

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    The X Factor New Zealand is the latest version of the popular singing competition franchise.
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    BET Hip Hop Awards

    BET Hip Hop Awards

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    BET Hip Hop Awards are Black Entertainment Television's annual awards show that honor the best in hip hop for the year. The awards began in 2006, first being held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Host Katt Williams kicked off the awards, hosting again in 2007. Other hosts have included Mike Epps and T-Pain. The show gives away awards in a multitude of categories, including Lyricist of the Year, Rookie of the Year, DJ of the Year, CD of the Year, and the Hustler of the Year. One of the most prestigious awards is the I Am Hip Hop award, which honors people who have changed the face of the music and culture. With honorees like KRS-One and Russell Simmons, the show pays homage to hip hop's history. The show brings together the best of hip hop, with legendary moments and performances. Performers have included Kanye West, T.I., Nas, Plies, Young Jeezy, Lil' Wayne, Q-Tip, and many other huge names. Tune in and see who receives the honors in the past year of rap on the BET Hip Hop Awards.moreless
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    Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials

    Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials

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    Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials is an annual special event from CBS Online that invites viewers to revisit their favorite commercials from that year's Super Bowl and cast their vote online, allowing fans all over the country to help decide which of the hilarious advertisements deserves to go down in history as that year's best Super Bowl commercial. The Super Bowl has always been the biggest football event of the year, but for years now it's also been a much-anticipated source of the best commercials on television. These companies pay over two and a half million dollars for these thirty-second spots, a suitably high price considering these short ads will reach over ninety million viewers. As a result of the hefty price tag and enormous audience, these companies put all their effort into making the absolute best and most memorable advertisements they can. Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials is a fun video series that replays the most-loved ads from the Super Bowl and lets viewers decide which ones deserve to go down in history.moreless
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