or


[11/28/05 - 12:00 AM]
Harry Connick JR. to Front Toys for Tots Fund Drive During NBC's 8th Annual 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center,' November 30 (8-9 P.M. ET/PT)

[via press release from NBC]

HARRY CONNICK JR. TO FRONT TOYS FOR TOTS FUND DRIVE DURING NBC'S 8TH ANNUAL 'CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER,' NOVEMBER 30 (8-9 P.M. ET/PT)

HARRY CONNICK JR. TO HELP FRONT TOYS FOR TOTS FUND DRIVE FOR CHILDREN DISPLACED BY HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA DURING NBC'S 8TH ANNUAL 'CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER,' NOVEMBER 30 (8-9 P.M. ET/PT)

Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Regis Philbin, Brian Wilson, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Earth, Wind & Fire to Perform

Al Roker ("Today") and Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace") to Co-Host Holiday Special

NEW YORK - November 28, 2005 - New Orleans native Harry Connick Jr. ("Happy Elf" and "Will & Grace") to help front the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation fund drive to benefit the children displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita during NBC's 8th annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" spectacular, telecast live on Tuesday, Nov. 30 (8-9:00 p.m. ET/PT). Hosted by Al Roker ("Today") and Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace"), the 73rd tree-lighting extravaganza will feature performances by Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood ("American Idol"), Regis Philbin, Brian Wilson ("The Beach Boys"), the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

For the first time, NBC will partner with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to raise money for the children displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Connick Jr. and a few of the children personally affected by the disasters will be on hand to help front this effort, and funds raised will be used to purchase toys to be distributed to children whose lives were devastated by the storms. Donations can be made via the Toys for Tots Web site (www.toysfortots.org) or a toll-free number (866-IM4-TOYS) or (866-464-8697).

Performing from beautifully decorated stages located at the Top of the Rock and a rooftop overlooking New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral, to stages located beneath the iconic statue of Prometheus and in front of the majestic tree, each artist's powerful performance will exemplify the beauty and spirit of the holiday season.

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). Performances exclusive to the limited-market telecast include Goo Goo Dolls and Il Divo. 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 is a Norway Spruce belonging to Arnold Raquet of Wayne, N.J. Estimated to be between 60 and 70 years old, the tree weighs nine tons and is 74-feet high and 42-feet wide. It will be decked out with 30,000 colored bulbs lining five miles of wire. The tree will be crowned with a crystal star designed by Swarovski, which was unveiled last year. The star 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 -1/2 feet in diameter and 1-1/2 feet deep, making it the largest star to grace a Rockefeller tree.

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 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, Mike Mathis is event producer and Steve Grymes is producer/director.





  [november 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)
· WILL & GRACE (NBC)









[08/04/15 - 12:07 PM]
Disney's "Descendants" Powers Disney Channel to Primetime Sweep and Over 1-Year Highs
Disney Channel spins the numbers for the week of July 27-August 2.

[08/04/15 - 12:02 PM]
Casting News: "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" Gets Savage
Danish actor Casper Crump has been cast as the immortal Vandal Savage.

[08/04/15 - 11:26 AM]
Animal Planet Runs 12-Hour Marathon of Lion Programming, Dedicated to Cecil the Lion, On August 10 -- World Lion Day
Animal Planet's roaring about World Lion Day to honor the majestic lion - one of the most revered species on the planet - whose numbers are in decline.

[08/04/15 - 11:20 AM]
ABC Announces Kristen Bell Will Host "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown" Special, Airing November 30
The anniversary special will celebrate 50 years of the iconic classic that has brought joy and a television watching tradition at the holidays for generations of fans.

[08/04/15 - 11:07 AM]
"48 Hours: Fall from Grace" Is Saturday's #1 Program with Adults 25-54 and Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, August 1.

[08/04/15 - 10:37 AM]
Showtime(R) Sets World Television Premiere Date for "Prophet's Prey"
The film, due on Saturday, October 10, focuses on the tyrannical cult leader Warren Jeffs.

[08/04/15 - 10:37 AM]
FOX Sports Telecasts Premier Boxing Champions Under Multi-Year Media Rights Deal
FOX Sports 1 premieres "Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays," a new, live primetime boxing series on Tuesday, Sept. 8 (9:00 PM ET), which continues for a total of 21 shows through the end of June.

[08/04/15 - 10:32 AM]
The Jackson Family Legacy Lives on in New Series, "The Jacksons: Next Generation," Premiering October 2nd on Lifetime
The series focuses on the third generation of the famed Jackson family - Taj, Taryll and TJ - Tito Jackson's sons and nephews of the famed Jackson 5.

[08/04/15 - 10:11 AM]
Video: El Rey Network and Miramax(R) Release Robert Rodriguez Featurette from Season Two of the Supernatural Crime Saga "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series"
Rodriguez gives viewers an exclusive glimpse at the new season.

[08/04/15 - 10:04 AM]
"Drunk History" Season 3 Premieres Tuesday, September 1 at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central
Tony Hale, Greg Kinnear, Justin Long, Christopher Meloni, Stephen Merchant and Jason Ritter guest star in the season opener.

[08/04/15 - 09:32 AM]
ABC Family Starts Production on Drama Pilot "Stay" and Announces Full Cast
Skeet Ulrich will portray Shane Brenner, a recently widowed father who has mysteriously packed up his daughters to move them across country, but is stranded by a storm at a mysterious old hotel.

[08/04/15 - 09:03 AM]
American Pharoah's Victory in Haskell Invitational on NBC Is Most-Watched Summer Race in 13 Years
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, August 2.

[08/04/15 - 08:51 AM]
NBC Sweeps Monday in All Key Measures Among the Big 4, Wins 6 of 6 Half-Hours in Adults 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, August 3.

[08/04/15 - 08:35 AM]
ABC's "Bachelor in Paradise" Monday Debut Surges by Double Digits From Its Sunday Premiere in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Monday, August 3.

[08/04/15 - 08:20 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Charts with "American Ninja Warrior"
The Peacock nearly doubles its closest competitor among adults 18-49.