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The Paley Center Salutes NBC's 90th Anniversary
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"The Paley Center Salutes NBC's 90th Anniversary"

Sunday, February 19 at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC

         From “The Golden Girls” and “Cheers” to “Friends” and “The Office” … from “SNL” and “Hill Street Blues” to “The Voice” and “This Is Us,” from Jack to Johnny to Jay to Jimmy, the rich and prolific history of NBC will be celebrated Sunday, Feb. 19 from 8-11 p.m. 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 “Cheers” before moving on to “Frasier” — tying the record for the longest-running (non-animated) character on television at 20 years with James Arness from “Gunsmoke.”

Today Show crew

"Today": Photo by Andrew Eccles/NBC

         For nine decades NBC has brought the American public a huge array of personalities, characters, programs, news and sporting events. 

The Paley Center Salutes NBC's 90th Anniversary
Huntley-Brinkley: Photo by NBC
         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, Noah Wyle, Rob Lowe, Blake Shelton, William Shatner, Jennifer Lopez, Bob Costas, Al Michaels and superproducer Dick Wolf.

The Paley Center Salutes NBC's 90th Anniversary
Bonanza: Photo by NBC
         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 special’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.