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Emmy Awards to honor 50th anniversary of 1963 television milestones

by jmaloni


Thu, Sep 19th 2013 07:00 am

Special tribute to feature Don Cheadle and a performance by Carrie Underwood

The 65th Emmy Awards will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of two events that changed the face of the TV world during the live telecast on Sunday, Sept. 22, (8 p.m.), on the CBS Television Network.

Six-time Emmy nominee Don Cheadle will present a tribute to television's role in the assassination coverage of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, and then connect that event to the performance of the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" merely 80 days later, on Feb. 9, 1964. Both of these historic events are often mentioned together as two of the most significant television moments in history, and the segment on the Emmy telecast will explore the tie between them.

Following Cheadle's presentation, six-time Grammy Award-winning artist Carrie Underwood will honor the music of the era with a special performance.

"To have an opportunity to look back at a time that represented television's finest hour in a program that celebrates so many of this year's achievements is what makes the Emmys special," said Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich. "We are certain that viewers will enjoy this special tribute."

In addition to the previously mentioned events, 1963 marked the first year that more people got their news from television than from newspapers. It was at this time that network newscasts were expanded from 15 minutes to a half hour, and the FCC approved the use of the remote control for home viewing.

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