or


[11/29/04 - 12:00 AM]
U.S. Olympians to Light the World's Most Famous Tree on NBC's 7th Annual 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' (November 30, 8-9pm Et)

[via press release from NBC]

U.S. OLYMPIANS TO LIGHT THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS TREE ON NBC'S 7TH ANNUAL 'CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER' (NOVEMBER 30, 8-9PM ET)

AL ROKER AND NANCY O'DELL CO-HOST STAR-STUDDED SHOW FEATURING JESSICA SIMPSON, NICK LACHEY, HILARY DUFF, KENNY CHESNEY, CLAY AIKEN, CHRIS ISAAK, MICHAEL BUBLE, TONY BENNETT, VANESSA WILLIAMS, AND THE ROCK BAND CHICAGO

NEW YORK -- November 29, 2004 -- U.S. Olympians, past and present, will gather tomorrow night to light the world's most famous tree on NBC's 7th annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," (November 30, 8-9pm ET). The star-studded hour-long special will culminate with a surprise appearance by these Olympians as they prepare to flick the switch along with co-hosts Al Roker ("Today") and Nancy O'Dell ("Access Hollywood"). Olympic Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes will also skate to Vanessa William's stirring rendition of "Silver and Gold."

"As a native New Yorker and someone who came as a child to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree every season, I'm excited to be co-hosting the seventh annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree," says Al Roker. "Getting to do it with my Rose Parade partner, Nancy O'Dell, is like an early Christmas present."

"There is nothing that symbolizes the commencement of the holiday season more than the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree," says Nancy O'Dell. "I am honored to join my friend, Al, in celebrating what is sure to be an evening filled with tradition, spectacular performances and fun!"

The star-studded musical lineup for the special will include a mix of current hits and favorite holiday music with performances by Hilary Duff, Kenny Chesney, Clay Aiken, Tony Bennett, Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Chris Isaak, Michael Buble, Vanessa Williams, and The Radio City Rockettes. Legendary rock 'n roll band Chicago will be the special house band for both the local and national telecasts. Selection of songs and additional talent will be announced in the coming days.

Prior to the airing of the network special, WNBC, NBC's New York flagship station, will broadcast an additional live hour of the special (7-8 p.m. ET). WNBC has been the home to the Rockefeller Center tree lighting, working with co-owner of Rockefeller Center, Tishman Speyer Properties.

This year's tree, a Norwegian Spruce from Suffern, NY, is estimated to be 50-years old, weigh 9 tons, stand 71-feet high and 40-feet wide. For the first time in its 72-year history, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will be adorned with a crystal star. The star, designed by Swarovski, is adorned with 25,000 crystals and one million facets that will radiate over midtown Manhattan from its perch atop the 71-foot tree. The star measures 9 ?-feet in diameter and 1-1/2 feet deep, making it the largest star to grace the tree. The Swarovski star will be unveiled on Tuesday, November 16th, at the official star raising ceremony.

The tradition of the tree itself began in the Great Depression during the construction of the Rockefeller Center complex in 1931. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition began formally in 1933 when a tree was decked with 700 lights and placed in front of the then eight-month old RCA Building, which is now the GE Building. The Christmas tradition was enhanced in 1936 with the opening of the Rockefeller Plaza outdoor ice skating pond. NBC-TV televised the first tree lighting in 1951 on "The Kate Smith Show" and as part of the nationwide "Howdy Doody" television show from 1953-55.

Christmas trees in Rockefeller Center have ranged from 50-foot Pines to 100-foot Norway Spruces and have been viewed by approximately 2,500,000 spectators annually. The decorations and lighting effects have covered a variety of colors and schemes, including one year when the tree was painted silver.

"Christmas in Rockefeller Center" is produced for a national audience by WNBC and TWI, the television division of IMG (International Management Group). Steve Mayer and Adele Rifkin are executive producers, Bob Holmes is co-executive producer, Mike Mathis is event producer and Steve Grymes is Director.





  [november 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· ACCESS HOLLYWOOD (SYNDICATION)





[07/23/16 - 01:55 PM]
Video: "Lucifer" Comic-Con(R) 2016 Highlight Reel & Season 2 First Look
The highlight reel includes a sneak peek at some hot new, never-before-seen footage from Season 2.

[07/23/16 - 01:45 PM]
Video: Watch New Footage from the Upcoming Season of "Family Guy" That Just Screened at San Diego Comic-Con
Season 14 premieres Sunday, September 25 at 9:00/8:00c on FOX.

[07/23/16 - 01:08 PM]
Video: Nickelodeon World Premieres "Legends of the Hidden Temple" Trailer at San Diego Comic-Con 2016
The TV movie follows three siblings who break away from a lackluster tour in a jungle, finding themselves immersed in a high-stakes adventure comprised of obstacles that they must complete in order to escape alive.

[07/23/16 - 12:54 PM]
New Faces from Jane's Past Emerge for Season Two of "Blindspot"
Luke Mitchell and Michelle Hurd will be joining "Blindspot" as series regulars for season two.

[07/23/16 - 11:36 AM]
"The Vampire Diaries" to Conclude After Eight Seasons of Epic High-Stakes Drama
The panel concluded with a farewell video from the cast and producers, which featured an exclusive premiere of the new song "Changing Tides," by The Fray.

[07/22/16 - 07:12 PM]
Video: "iZOMBIE" Season 2 Highlight Reel Comic-Con(R) 2016
Cast and producers returned to San Diego for the third year in a row to give fans a taste of what is to come in the upcoming season.

[07/22/16 - 06:49 PM]
Video: "Vikings" - Season 4 Returns Comic-Con Full Trailer
Check out the full length trailer from this year's Sand Diego Comic-Con for the return of Season 4.

[07/22/16 - 06:00 PM]
Comedy Central and South Park Digital Studios Celebrate 20 Seasons of "South Park"
The historic 20th season premieres this fall on Wednesday, September 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

[07/22/16 - 04:49 PM]
It's Official: "Bates Motel" Will Close After Season 5
Additionally, Rihanna will appear as Marion Crane in the final season.

[07/22/16 - 04:18 PM]
Video: Starz Releases First Live Action Trailer for "American Gods"
Also, making a very special appearance was Kristin Chenoweth who graced the stage as it was announced she will star in the role of Easter.

[07/22/16 - 03:59 PM]
Gabriel Luna Joins "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." as Ghost Rider
"Season 4 will unquestionably be the series' biggest, most ambitious story yet, and it all begins with the introduction of one of our greatest legacy characters in Ghost Rider," said Jeph Loeb.

[07/22/16 - 03:45 PM]
Video: Watch Highlights from Thursday's "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Panel
"Let's Do the Time Warp Again" premieres Thursday, October 20 on FOX.

[07/22/16 - 03:40 PM]
Video: Everyone Is Singing After "Steven Universe" Musical Performance at San Diego Comic-Con
Fans were also treated to an exclusive sneak peek at a brand new episode "Beach City Drift."

[07/22/16 - 01:32 PM]
Video: "The 100" Season 3 Highlight Reel Comic-Con(R) 2016
The sizzle included an all-new voice over by series star Eliza Taylor teasing what fans can expect from the upcoming fourth season.

[07/22/16 - 01:24 PM]
AMC Announces "The Walking Dead" Season Seven Will Debut Sunday, October 23 at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT
Plus: check out the trailers for the new seasons of "The Walking Dead" and "Fear the Walking Dead."