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    Smash

    Smash

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    NBC (ended 2013)
    Smash is a musical drama on NBC that is set within the world of musical theater and Broadway, that looks at what goes into the making of a stage show and the lives of those involved, as they strive to reach their goals.moreless
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    The Midnight Special

    The Midnight Special

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    NBC (ended 1981)
    Welcome to The Midnight Special guide at TV.com. The Midnight Special was a late-night rock music series airing Friday nights (or, to be more exact, early Saturday mornings). On most NBC affiliates, The Midnight Special followed "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson."

    For its first 8 seasons, The Midnight Special's time slot was from 1:00am to 2:30am. But when Johnny Carson cut "The Tonight Show" down from 90 to 60 minutes, The Midnight Special was moved up to the 12:30am-2:00am time slot.

    NBC aired The Midnight Special's pilot on August 19, 1972. The pilot was presented as a 90-minute special encouraging young people to vote in the upcoming Presidential election. On February 2, 1973, The Midnight Special premiered as a weekly series. For most of its run, a different guest host was featured every week. (An exception to this was from July 1975 through March 1976 when Helen Reddy was the regular host.) Wolfman Jack, fresh from his role in "American Graffiti," was the series' announcer and a frequent guest host.

    Around 1978, at the height of the Disco craze, the set was modified to resemble a Disco nightclub, complete with a platform dance floor. Wolfman Jack stood behind an elevated DJ booth. But by Fall 1979, as the genre's popularity waned, the disco set was gone.

    During its last few seasons, The Midnight Special received criticism for not giving enough attention to the punk & new wave music of the late-1970s to early 1980s. While a few punk/new wave acts were presented (either as live guests or in music videos), the majority of musical guests continued to be MOR or disco acts.

    Beginning April 11, 1980, The Midnight Special faced competition from ABC's "Fridays," a "Saturday Night Live" comedy series. Fridays' musical guests were often more cutting edge than those seen on The Midnight Special.

    In May 1981, NBC replaced The Midnight Special with "SCTV Network 90," an expanded version of "Second City TV," previously a syndicated 30-minute series.moreless
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    California Dreams

    California Dreams

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    NBC (ended 1997)
    California Dreams is a show about a group of high school teens that form their own band, The California Dreams. The show follows the group through their problems in high school as well as their problems in trying to score a record deal. The theme song to California Dreams is an original song performed by the season's current bandmates. The lyrics are as follows:

    Surf dudes with attitudes (Kinda groovy) Laid back moods Sky above, sand below (Good vibrations) Feelin' mellow Won't give it up Don't wanna stop Don't wake me up Don't wake me up if I'm dreamin' California dreams Just let me lay here in the sun Until my dream is done

    All actors sang their own songs in each and every episode, with the exception of Jay Anthony Franke (Jake) and Aaron Jackson (Mark), whose characters were voiced by Barry Coffing and Zachary Throne.moreless
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    State Trooper

    State Trooper

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    NBC (ended 1959)
    Investigator Rod Blake of the Nevada State police works with the county sheriffs to catch the bad guys.
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    The Perry Como Show

    The Perry Como Show

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    NBC (ended 1963)
    Welcome to The Perry Como Show guide at TV.com. Perry Como's first series, "The Chesterfield Supper Club" ran on NBC from December 24,1948 through June 4, 1950 after his success on the radio program of the same name. Due to Perry's popularity the series was renamed, "The Perry Como Show," and aired on CBS from October 2, 1950 through June 24, 1955. He moved back to NBC on September 12, 1955 when he took over "The Kraft Music Hall." The Kraft series lasted through June 12, 1963. From 1963 through 1967, Como continued his association with Kraft by doing "Kraft Music Hall" specials. He then did many holiday specials until 1993.moreless
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    Taylor Swift: Speak Now

    Taylor Swift: Speak Now

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    NBC
    Taylor Swift: Speak Now is an hour-long NBC event created for Thanksgiving 2010 that follows chart-topping country pop star Taylor Swift as she tours across the country in support of her latest album, Speak Now, and its smash-hit singles "Mine" and "Story of Us." Speak Now is Taylor Swift's third studio album, following her 2006 self-titled debut and 2008's acclaimed follow-up Fearless. Speak Now is an album about confessions , and Swift wrote all the songs on it over the past year. This documentary details both Swift's process in the studio as she tries to perfect each song and get the right recording, as well as her limited bi-coastal tour following the album's release and initial success. Watch as Swift plays her songs for intimate audiences of cheering fans on a sparkling New York rooftop after dark, or from the top of a tour bus on Hollywood Blvd on a sunny California day.moreless
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    The Roberta Quinlan Show

    The Roberta Quinlan Show

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    NBC (ended 1951)
    Welcome to The Roberta Quinlan Show guide at TV.com. Twice-weekly musical series that in its first year alternated with the The Morton Downey Show under the banner title The Mohawk Showroom. It was later also presented three nights a week.moreless
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    The Sing-Off

    The Sing-Off

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    NBC
    Vocal-only groups get a chance to compete for a recording contract from Sony Music in this NBC take-off on American Idol.
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    The Roger Miller Show

    The Roger Miller Show

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    NBC (ended 1967)
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    The Nat King Cole Show

    The Nat King Cole Show

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    NBC (ended 1957)
    In 1956, The Nat King Cole Show was a Variety Show starring African-American Nat King Cole. The show originally started as a fifteen minute show and went to become a thirty minute show. The show had no sponsors that were interested in a permanent relationship with the series. The show was sponsored by NBC. Broadcast History November 1956 - June 1957: Monday 7:30-7:45p July 1957 - September 1957: Tuesday 10:00-10:30p September 1957 - December 1957: Tuesday 7:30-8:00pmoreless
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    Kidd Video

    Kidd Video

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    NBC (ended 1986)
    One of the first Saturday Morning Cartoons inspired by the new MTV music channel, Kidd Video focused on a California teen band of four friends, Kidd, Carla, Whiz and Ash, and the adventures they have in an animated fantasy world called the Flipside, where the rules of physics and science don't exist and many are fans of their music.

    One day, as the show's opening goes, they were practicing in the Storage Unit as they usually do, and then an animated man, The Master Blaster, appeared in the mirror and he transported the band to the flipside. He was intending to imprision them for all eternity as his musical slaves, but a fairy named Glitter, who for some strange reason, gets super strong when she sneezes, saved them from this awful fate.

    Now, the band explores the Flipside and tries as hard as they can to get home, Whiz in particular, while avoiding Master Blaster and his cronies, the Copy Cats. moreless
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    The Sound of Music Live!

    The Sound of Music Live!

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    NBC
    NBC brings the classic special to life in this live broadcast.
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    The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show

    The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show

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    NBC (ended 1961)
    Welcome to The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show guide at TV.com. Hosted by Tennessee Ernie Ford, the likeable singer, comedian, entertainer received his own variety show sponsored by the Ford Motor Company which gave Ernie the venue to entertain millions with his informal friendly manner and talent. His music was a combination of gospel and country and western. His homespun catch phrase "Bless Their Little Pea Pickin' Hearts", endeared him to the nation. During the first season the choral group "The Voices of Walter Schumann" backed Ernie. During the remainder of the series "The Top Twenty" (consisting of Dick Beavers, Joanne Burgin, Howard Chitjean, Donna Cook, Irene Cummings, Chet Fisher, Dorothy Gill, John Guarnieri, Ken Harp, Deltra Kamsler, Don Kent, David McDaniel, Katy Nero, Ken Remo, Pat Rocco, Elaine Tavano Thompson, Tommy Traynor, Dick Wessler, Karen Wessler, Ted Wills) were Ernie's back-up group. Tennessee Ernie Ford topped the pop and country charts with "Sixteen Tons." He ended every show with a gospel number.moreless
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    Hit Me Baby One More Time

    Hit Me Baby One More Time

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    NBC (ended 2005)
    Veteran hit makers perform the songs that made them famous, as well as a cover of a popular contemporary song in this new competition. At the end of the show the audience picks their favorite! "Hit Me Baby One More Time" is based on the popular UK show of the same name. Hosted by Vernon Kay.moreless
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    Your Hit Parade

    Your Hit Parade

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    NBC (ended 1959)
    The top hits of the day were sung by the regulars on the show. The show moved from NBC to CBS during its final season. Then it was briefly revived by CBS in the summer of 1974. In addition to its cast of featured singers, the show also featured the Hit Parade Dancers, and The Hit Paraders (the show's choral group). While the show saw cast changes, over time, its best-remembered singers are Snooky Lanson (1950-1957), Dorothy Collins (1950-1957, 1958-1959), Russell Arms (1952-1957), and Gisele MacKenzie (1953-1957). In addition, Eileen Wilson starred from 1950-1952, June Valli was a star from 1952-1953, and Sue Bennett was featured from 1951-1952. The show's orchestra, from 1950-1957, was led by Raymond Scott. In 1957, a younger cast cast of singers took over for a year: Jill Corey, Alan Copeland, Virginia Gibson, and Tommy Leonetti. From 1958 to 1959, revamped again, the show starred Dorothy Collins and Johnny Desmond.moreless
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    Three Wishes for Jamie

    Three Wishes for Jamie

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    NBC (ended 1987)
    Ireland 1890's, Jamie McGrew (Stevan Rimkus) is granted three wishes by Una the Fairy Queen.
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    The Dennis Day Show

    The Dennis Day Show

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    NBC (ended 1954)
    also called "The RCA Victor Show"
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    Bandstand

    Bandstand

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    NBC (ended 1956)
    daytime variety show
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    Ben Vereen... Comin' at Ya

    Ben Vereen... Comin' at Ya

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    NBC (ended 1975)
    Capitalizing on Ben Vereen's popularity in the Roots mini-series, NBC offered the star his own summer variety show. The show featured comedy sketches, musical numbers, and lots of dancing, spear-headed by Mr. Vereen himself.moreless
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    The Nashville Palace

    The Nashville Palace

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    NBC (ended 1982)
    The Nashville Palace was a musical variety show broadcast from Opryland USA in Nashville, Tennessee. A different guest host was featured each week.
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