“The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary” airs tonight from 8-11PM ET (on NBC, of course). Kelsey Grammer hosts the three-hour special. It celebrates nine decades of the National Broadcasting Company. Founded in 1926 as a radio network by the Radio Corporation of America, NBC began experimenting with television two years later.
I doubt tonight’s special will even mention NBC’s earliest forays into TV. In fact, I’ll be very surprised if it spends much time on pre-1960s television.
Newly recorded interviews will feature many of NBC’s biggest names and most popular personalities, including Ted Danson, Tina Fey, Debra Messing, Amy Poehler, Noah Wyle, Rob Lowe, Blake Shelton, William Shatner, Jennifer Lopez, Bob Costas, Al Michaels and superproducer Dick Wolf.
Iconic shows to be showcased include Emmy-winning dramas such as “Hill Street Blues,” “The West Wing,” “L.A. Law” and “ER,” as well as Emmy-winning comedies “The Monkees,” “Get Smart,” “Cheers,” “The Cosby Show,” “The Golden Girls,” “Seinfeld,” “Frasier,” “Will & Grace,” “Friends,” “The Office” and “30 Rock.”
Among the show’s additional highlights will be memorable moments from “The Tonight Show,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Today,” “Meet the Press,” “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and “The Wiz Live!,” among many others.
Based on the above, expect tonight to focus heavily on the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.
By my count, this is NBC’s sixth anniversary special:
- “The First Fifty Years” (Sunday, November 21st, 1976)
- “The First Fifty Years-A Closer Look” (Sunday, October 23rd, 1977)
- “The First Fifty Years-A Closer Look (Part II)” (Tuesday, January 31st, 1978)
- “NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration” (Monday, May 12th, 1986)
- “NBC 75th Anniversary Special” (Sunday, May 5th, 2002)
- “The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary” (Sunday, February 19th, 2017)
You can find a complete list of network anniversary specials here.
Will you be watching “The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary” tonight? What shows do you hope to see included? Hit the comments with your hopes and expectations–and your reactions.