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Must See TV Tonight: The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary


The Paley Center Salutes NBC's 90th Anniversary
                                                           Picture Credit: NBC.Com

Usually Sunday is a kind of ho -hum evening of television for me. But, now we have Homeland and, tonight, the premiere of The Good Fight with Christine Baranski. 

However, did you know that tonight NBC will be celebrating their 90th Anniversary with a Gala Special focusing on the iconic shows and stars responsible for making their network such an important force in the television industry? 

The 2-hour extravaganza, The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary, promises to be extremely entertaining special and a wonderful trip down memory lane. 

Here is the backstory, courtesy of NBC.Com:

“From “The Golden Girls” to “The Good Place,” from “The Rockford Files” to “This Is Us,” from Jack, to Johnny, to Jay, to Jimmy, the rich and prolific history of NBC will be celebrated Sunday, February 19 at 8/7c on “The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary.”

Five-time Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer will serve as host. Grammer is, of course, best known in television history as Frasier Crane, who was first introduced on NBC on “Wings” before moving on to “Cheers” and then “Frasier” – tying the record for the longest-running (non-animated) character on television at 20 years with James Arness from “Gunsmoke.”

For nine decades NBC has brought the American public a huge array of personalities, characters, programs, news and sporting events. Beginning with its first radio broadcast from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, NBC’s legacy is monumental and the special will take a look at it all – Must See TV, dramas, sitcoms, workplace sitcoms, late night, variety shows and specials, reality and game shows, news, sports and “Saturday Night Live.”

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.

“The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary” will be produced by Brad Lachman Productions in associated with The Paley Center. Maureen J. Reidy, Brad Lachman and Diane Lewis will executive produce. Bill Bracken will co-executive produce.


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.
“The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary” will be produced by Brad Lachman Productions in associated with The Paley Center. Maureen J. Reidy, Brad Lachman and Diane Lewis will executive produce. Bill Bracken will co-executive produce.”

This sounds absolutely wonderful, doesn’t it?  And, I can’t think of anyone better than the immensely talented Kelsey Grammar as host for this show.  

The special airs on Sunday, February 19th at 8:00 PM. Will you be watching?  I am intrigued by the interviews – hopefully we will learn something new and interesting about the behind the scenes machinations in the creation of these iconic shows. 


If you happen to watch, please add your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Congratulations NBC. Here’s to another 90 plus years. 

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

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