“The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary” has been submitted by the peacock network for Emmy consideration on the TV academy’s FYC website, Gold Derby has learned exclusively. While the Emmy site is updated frequently, as of this writing it’s one of only a handful of Best Informational Series Or Special contenders available for voters to watch on their laptops, tablets and phones in an effort to begin the awards conversation.
The three-hour primetime special aired Sunday, February 19 on NBC, hosted by five-time Emmy champ Kelsey Grammer. Grammer was the absolute perfect choice to act as the program’s ringleader, since he took home four Best Comedy Actor Emmys for playing Frasier Crane on NBC’s “Frasier” (1994, 1995, 1998, 2004), a role that first originated on the network’s “Cheers” back in 1984.
Among the hundreds of series that are featured in the groundbreaking NBC special are “The Tonight Show,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Today,” “The West Wing,” “ER,” “Cheers,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends” and “30 Rock.” There are also over 60 new interviews with current and past peacock celebs, including Betty White, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Lynch and Jennifer Lopez.
“We’re so pleased to have the Paley Center paying tribute to NBC on its 90th birthday,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “Founded in 1926 by RCA, NBC is one of this country’s most significant cultural legacies. The list of iconic stars and programs over the years is mind-boggling, and thanks to Kelsey Grammer — one of the best — for coming back home to host this special.”
As an Emmy player, NBC has amassed a whopping 26 awards for Best Comedy Series (including five for “Frasier,” four for “Cheers” and three for “30 Rock”) and another 21 trophies for Best Drama Series (including four-time champs “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law” and “The West Wing”). At last year’s Emmys, NBC won big for “The Voice” (Best Reality-Competition Program and Best Lighting Design), “Saturday Night Live” (acting champs Kate McKinnon, Tina Fey & Amy Poehler and Best Hairstyling) and “The Wiz Live” (Best Costumes).
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