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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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    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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    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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    I Love the ‘80s: 3D

    I Love the ‘80s: 3D

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    VH1 (ended 2005)
    VH1 brings you another installment of the hit nostalgia show, “I Love the ‘80s”, only this time you get to relive the totally radical decade with certain segments in 3-D! Gnarly, dude! The show will start in 1980 and span the decade through 1989 covering such topics as fashions, fads, trends, music, and television.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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Academy of Country Music Awards

    Academy of Country Music Awards

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    CBS
    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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    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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    Ultimate Fighting Championship

    Ultimate Fighting Championship

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    HDNet
    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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    Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

    Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

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    NBC (Holiday Event 2010)
    NBC and Macy's team up for a night of fireworks and live performances from the biggest music stars.
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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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    World's Strongest Man

    World's Strongest Man

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    BBC
    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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    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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    Allstate Sugar Bowl

    Allstate Sugar Bowl

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    FOX Sports
    FOX Sports and the 2008 Bowl Championship Series bring you the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the Allstate National Championship Game - the final acts of arguably the most competitive, exciting and unpredictable college football season in recent memory. Also available are the prestigious AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and the exciting Best of Bowl Bash highlights package. Download the Season Pass and relive every moment of the full-length bowl games--including extended coverage of post-game celebrations and trophy presentations--as well as the Best of Bowl Bash highlights and the unforgettable game already coined as a classic: the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.moreless
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    Posse

    Posse

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    CMT - Country Music Television
    Posse: The Young Guns of PBR is a show following eight up and coming professional bull riders as the try to become the next PBR champion. They travel across America on the quest for glory, and eight-second ride, and a million dollars. These men in their 20s, on their own for the first time, struggle to balance their bull riding with their families, finances, relationships, and egos. The cast of characters includes Ryan Dirteater, 20, and Austin Meier, 22, both from Oklahoma, Skeeter Kingsolver, 24, nicknamed “the royal solution”, Brian Canter, 22, who was granted a rodeo scholarship to college, Kasey Hayes, who wears a mask from a serious past injury, Sean Williamson, for whom bull riding is not his first extreme sport, and married couple Shane Proctor and Jessi Mauney-Proctor, the Queen of wives and girlfriends of the PBR. Eight seconds is all it takes to make or break a career, and there’s no room for error in this sport. These bull riders will have to face the challenges and their personal dramas if they want to be champions.moreless
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