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    Glee

    Glee

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    FOX (ended 2015)
    Glee is a musical comedy that depicts Will Schuester's (Matthew Morrison) efforts to save McKinley High's Glee Club from cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). Glee's musical numbers, underdog characters, and rousing soundtracks have all helped make Glee a runaway pop-culture hit. It is created by Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck) and is a Golden Globe-winning Fox musical comedy. The series won 6 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) - The Power of Madonna, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Neil Patrick Harris: Dream On, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Jane Lynch, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Pilot - Director's Cut, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Gwyneth Paltrow.moreless
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    The Ed Sullivan Show

    The Ed Sullivan Show

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    CBS (ended 1971)
    This long-running variety series premiered on June 20, 1948 with the title Toast of the Town. (The Toast of the Town link covers the first 8 seasons of Ed Sullivan.)

    The series was re-titled The Ed Sullivan Show on September 25, 1955 (the beginning of the 9th season). Although the name had changed, it remained the same variety show with "something for everyone." There continued to be a diverse guest line-up which included singers, musicians, actors, dancers, comedians, circus acts, plate spinners and acrobats.

    But now there was now a new type of guest: the rock 'n' roll performer. While Ed booked a few rock 'n' roll acts on "Toast of the Town," these performers became even more prominent on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

    One of the most famous rock 'n' roll acts was, of course, Elvis Presley. Ed had at first scoffed at the idea of booking Elvis, who had already appeared on "Stage Show," "The Milton Berle Show" and "The Steve Allen Show" amid much controversy. But as Elvis' popularity grew, Ed relented and booked him for three appearances.

    Then there were the famous Beatles appearances. Legend has it that Ed booked the Beatles without hearing even a note of their music. While visiting England, Sullivan happened to be at Heathrow Airport on October 31, 1963 when the Beatles' plane arrived. The British press and hundreds of fans were there to greet them. Upon seeing all the frenzy, Ed signed the band to appear on his show. Beatlemania was already in full swing when the Beatles arrived at New York's JFK airport on February 7, 1964. On February 9, the Beatles made their "Ed Sullivan" debut. The Beatles' three 1964 Sullivan appearances were among the highest rated TV programs of the 1960's.

    In 1967, Ed's NYC studio, Studio 50, was officially re-titled "The Ed Sullivan Theater." The ratings of The Ed Sullivan Show began to drop in 1968. CBS cancelled the series in 1971. The final new show aired on March 28, 1971 which was followed by several weeks of reruns. The series' network run ended on June 6, 1971 (which was a repeat of the February 7, 1971 show). At the time of the cancellation, CBS did not give The Ed Sullivan Show the sendoff that it deserved. Instead of ending with a tribute show focusing on all the great moments of the past 23 years, the show quietly went off the air. But in the 33 years since the series was cancelled, CBS has aired numerous tribute shows giving the series the recognition it deserves.

    Syndicated, cable TV and PBS repeats:

    In 1980, a "Best of Sullivan" series hosted by John Byner appeared in syndication. Each episode was an edited 30-minute version of the original 1-hour shows. This version has not been broadcast since the 1980's.

    Around 1992, a new "Best of Ed Sullivan" series was syndicated. These were 30-minute edited versions of the original shows (but often with clips from other episodes added). This version later appeared on the TV Land cable network (1996-1998).

    From 2001 through 2004, PBS stations across the U.S. aired edited versions of The Ed Sullivan Show (usually with two 30-minute programs shown back-to-back). These were produced by WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh.
    --The first PBS season (2001-02) consisted of the 1990s shows that were edited for commercial TV. To fill in the commercial breaks, WQED added new intros by Shirley Jones.
    --For the 2002-03 PBS season, WQED publicized a new package of 76 Sullivan shows. (These do not have Shirley Jones.) Ten of these shows have not been seen since their original broadcasts. The other 66 were previously shown in the 1990s but were slightly re-edited with a few "missing" performances restored. This group of Sullivan shows continued into the 2003-04 season.

    A different series, titled "Ed Sullivan's Rock 'N' Roll Classics," first appeared in the 1990's on VH1 (in the US). This version features rock and pop music clips taken from various Ed Sullivan episodes and is currently available on DVD.

    For information about The Ed Sullivan Show and Toast of the Town, contact:
    SOFA Entertainment
    9121 W. Sunset Blvd.
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Sofa Home Entertainment SOFA Entertainment owns the right to every Ed Sullivan Show and Toast of the Town episode.

    And thanks to Historic Films for their on-line database. Their website has been very helpful in verifying guest lists and other information.moreless
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    MTV Cribs

    MTV Cribs

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2008)
    Welcome to MTV Cribs, the most exciting way to peep into your favourite celebrity homes without getting slapped with a restraining order.
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    Nashville

    Nashville

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    CMT - Country Music Television
    Connie Britton stars as aging country star Rayna James as she embarks on a tour with up coming starlet Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). Things heat up as Juliette tries to take Rayna's place at the top of the country music charts.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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    American Bandstand

    American Bandstand

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    ABC (ended 1989)
    "American Bandstand" brought rock 'n' roll music into millions of households and showed Americans how to do the latest dance steps. Dick Clark, "America's Oldest Teenager" hosted the series for most of its run.
    Regular Bandstand segments were "The Spotlight Dance," "Rate-A-Record" and The "American Bandstand" Top 10 Countdown. "The Spotlight Dance" featured 2 or more couples dancing to a softer tune. "Rate-A-Record" had teenage contestants rate and comment on a record played on the show. The "American Bandstand Top Ten" was a countdown of the Top 10 hits of the day.
    "American Bandstand" began as a local Philadelphia show called "Bandstand," which made its debut October 13, 1952 on WFIL-TV Channel 6.
    The series was retitled "American Bandstand" on August 5, 1957 when ABC began broadcasting it nationwide. For its first 6 seasons, "American Bandstand" aired Mondays through Fridays.
    Two major changes took place during the 1963-64 season. On September 7, 1963, it became a once-a-week series airing Saturday afternoons. A few months later on February 8, 1964, production of the show moved from Philadelphia, PA to its new home in Los Angeles, CA.
    Despite these changes, American Bandstand's fans remained loyal to the series, as it continued to present the latest music and dances. It even inspired another long-running dance show, "Soul Train."
    American Bandstand's long association with ABC ended on September 5, 1987. Two weeks later, on September 19, 1987, the series returned in first-run syndication. On April 8, 1989, American Bandstand made another move, this time to the USA cable network. It also featured a new host, David Hirsch. This version lasted only 6 months with the final show airing on October 7, 1989. In 1995, VH-1 began showing vintage episodes of American Bandstand. These edited 30-minute reruns featured many of the stars that the show helped make famous.
    "Bandstand" Air Dates (local Philadelphia show)
    (1) "Bob Horn's Bandstand" (hosted by Bob Horn) October 13, 1952 - July 6, 1956
    (2) "Bandstand" (hosted by Dick Clark) July 9, 1956 - August 2, 1957
    "American Bandstand" Air Dates
    Weekday Afternoon shows (ABC-TV network, Monday-Friday) August 5, 1957 - August 30, 1963
    Broadcast times:
    August 5-November 15, 1957 - AB aired from 3:00 to 4:30pm.
    November 18, 1957-October 10, 1958 - AB was split into 2 shows airing from 3:00 to 3:30pm and from 4:00 to 5:00pm. AB was split up by the game show Who Do You Trust?
    October 13, 1958-September 29, 1961 - one show airing from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.
    October 2, 1961-September 28, 1962 - from 4:00 to 4:50pm*
    October 1, 1962-August 30, 1963 - from 4:00 to 4:30pm
    Note: *From October 2, 1961 through September 28, 1962, AB was followed by "American Newsstand," a current affairs program produced by ABC News.
    Nighttime shows (ABC network, Monday nights 7:30-8:00pm) In addition to the weekday shows, American Bandstand had a 13-week (October 7 - December 30, 1957) Prime-time run. (Note: This shouldn't be confused with "The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show", which ran from February 15, 1958 to September 10, 1960.)
    Saturday Afternoon shows (abc-TV network) September 7, 1963 - September 6, 1986
    During these 23 years, the air times varied anywhere between 12:30 and 2:30pm on Saturdays (sometimes earlier on the West Coast). Most of these shows were an hour long. (Some episodes were shortened for sporting events.)
    On AB's Last Season on ABC-TV, it aired from 12:30 to 1:00pm (from September 13, 1986 through September 5, 1987).
    Syndicated American Bandstand episodes ran from September 19, 1987 to August 27, 1988 (times varied by city). This version was syndicated by LBS Communications. (According to some sources the syndicated series ran through April 1, 1989. But we haven't been able to find any AB listings beyond August 27, 1988.)
    USA Cable Network (Saturday afternoons) From April 8 to October 7, 1989, AB was aired from 12noon to 1:00pm. David Hirsch was the host of this final version.moreless
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    That Metal Show

    That Metal Show

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    VH1 Classic
    That Metal Show is a classic VH1 series in it's 6th season where viewers are gives the opportunity to get to know their favorite metal artists.
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    Imagination Movers

    Imagination Movers

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    Disney Channel
    Playhouse Disney has begun production on a new preschool series called Imagination Movers, featuring the New Orleans-based music group of the same name. The series will focus on encouraging young viewers to utilize creative problem solving skills.moreless
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    Lip Sync Battle

    Lip Sync Battle

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    Spike TV
    In each episode two celebrities choose two songs to lip sync to. Winner gets bragging rights and LSB Championship Belt. Theme song: 20th Century Boy (T. Rex)
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    Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits

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    PBS
    Austin City Limits has established a reputation for showcasing great live musical performances. The show's studio allows for intimate and engaging performances by independent, mainstream, critically acclaimed, and popular artists. The show was originally created to display the emerging talents of the alternative country music scene in Austin, TX in the 1970s. Soon, however, the show branched out to include all types of music: alt country, pop rock, bluegrass and zydeco are just a few. Many television historians attribute MTV, CMT and VH1'a success to the contributions of this groundbreaking musical series. On Wednesday, November 12th, 2003; President Bush presented ACL with the National Medal of the Arts. ACL was the first television show (ever) to win the award.moreless
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    Later... with Jools Holland

    Later... with Jools Holland

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    BBC Two
    Later... with Jools Holland has become the show for music fans and performers. The eclectic mix of music and artists makes Later... unique and compelling viewing for any music fan. The show is currently airing it's 35th series.moreless
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    Grand Ole Opry

    Grand Ole Opry

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    (ended 2011)
    Week after week, Opry Live welcomes an impressive lineup of Country Music's finest performers, from the legends to bright and shining newcomers. Get a front seat view from your own living room every Saturday night at 9 pm on Great American Country! Encore performances on Sunday and Tuesday. Broadcast History:
    • The Nashville Network (TNN) from 1985-2001 (now Spike TV) as Grand Ole Opry
    • Country Music Television (CMT) from 2001-2003 as Grand Ole Opry
    • Great American Country (GAC) from 2003-2011 as Opry Live Broadcast at 8 pm E/P until August 2008 when it moved forward an hour to 9 pm E/P Opry Live ended as a weekly series in 2008, but GAC broadcast a number of specials through 2011. In May 2012 GAC premiered Noteworthy at the Opry, a program described as "the next chapter in the Grand Ole Opry's television presence," that ended this show's storied run. Conventions for this guide: The Grand Ole Opry/Opry Live television show is performances cherry-picked from the full show that occurs live in Nashville. One of the performers is designated host for the evening there, and you may hear them called that throughout the broadcast. For purposes of this guide, and to avoid confusion, the television presenters are named hosts and the show hosts are labeled co-hosts.moreless
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    The Voice Australia

    The Voice Australia

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    Channel Nine
    The Voice Australia is a reality show where singers are chosen to teams based on talent alone.
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    Stars in Their Eyes Kids

    Stars in Their Eyes Kids

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    ITV (ended 2006)
    Welcome to the Stars In Their Eyes Kids Guide at TV.com. Stars In Their Eyes Kidswas a show that let children get their 15 minutes of fame performing as their favourite musical act. Each week one child gets picked by the audienceout of the five who have performed to progress to the live final where all of the finalists sing for the public's votes. The series originated from a kids special in the original Star In Their Eyes series in 2001 and was initially presented by Matthew Kelly before Cat Deeley took on presenting duties from the second series onward. moreless
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    Celtic Woman

    Celtic Woman

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    PBS
    Celtic Woman, an all-female musical ensemble, was conceived and created by Sharon Browne. The idea behind the group was to fuse Celtic music with and dance with the structure of a popular female music groups like the Spice Girls and Pussycat Dolls. With over 6 million albums sold, Celtic Woman has achieved success rarely found Celtic musicians. The group was taped for PBS on September 15, 2004 in Dublin, Ireland. After this first-ever American performance for Celtic Woman, their album reached #1 on Billboard's world music chart. The special, which is credited for immensely growing the group's popularity, was taped in front of a sold-out audience. After the success of the first taping, Celtic Woman taped a second special for PBS filmed in County Meath, Ireland following the release of their Celtic Woman: A New Journey album. Having undergone various transformations as a group, Celtic Woman currently exists as Chloe Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Lisa Lambe, and Mairead Nesbitt.moreless
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    Hull High

    Hull High

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    NBC (ended 1990)
    Hull High was an hour-long show incorporating music into the storylines. The show lasted just under four months.
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    Muppets Tonight

    Muppets Tonight

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    ABC (ended 1998)
    "Muppets Tonight!" was a short lived new version of the classic 'The Muppet Show', that hoped to appeal to a new generation. This series continued with several traditions that the original series did. Each episode revolved around a celebrity guest and there were new Muppet skits throughout the show. New Muppets are introduced throughout the series who would later appear in the newer Muppet films. The show itself gains a new host as Kermit the Frog passes the torch to a new Muppet named Clifford who hosts the show. In February 2004, Disney Enterprises bought two major Jim Henson properties: the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House. "Muppets Tonight!" premiered its first 10 episodes on ABC. The remaining episodes aired on the Disney Channel until the show's cancellation. Theme Song Kermit: It's Muppets Tonight with our very special guest star(s), (guest star's name(s))! YAY! OW! Clifford: If you're a human being, take a break from the race. Take a load off your feet. Wipe the look of your face. We got a lot to do, And we'll do it for you, where everybody takes your place. Muppets Tonight! Chorus: You're gonna see something better to see. Clifford: Tonight's the night! Chorus: You're gonna live with the memories. Clifford: We got a show for you. Guaranteed brand-new. All: Where here come the Muppets Tonight! Clifford: Yeah! (whistle) All: We got a show for you. Guaranteed brand-new! Where here come the Muppets. Here come the Muppets! HERE COME THE MUPPETS TONIGHT!!!moreless
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    Tony Orlando And Dawn

    Tony Orlando And Dawn

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    CBS (ended 1976)
    Welcome to the Tony Orlando And Dawn guide at TV.com.
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    The Big Show

    The Big Show

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    NBC (ended 1980)
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    The Leslie Uggams Show

    The Leslie Uggams Show

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    CBS (ended 1969)
    The Leslie Uggams Show took over the time slot of the controversial--and cancelled--Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. This was the first variety show headed by an African-American since The Nat "King" Cole Show in the 1950s. The series boasted an integrated cast and crew which was, and still is, a rarity in network television.
    A memorable feature of the series was a recurring sketch called "Sugar Hill" about a blue-collar family. Uggams and her construction worker husband lived with her mom, brother and hippie sister.
    Tossed against Bonanza, the show didn't stand much of a ratings chance. It aired for half of a season, before being replaced by The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.moreless
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