65th Emmy Awards to Honor 50th Anniversary of 1963 Television Milestones

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September 18th, 2013

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via press release:


Special Tribute To Feature Don Cheadle And A Performance By Carrie Underwood


            NoHo Arts District, Calif. – Sept. 18, 2013- The 65TH EMMY® AWARDS will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of two events that changed the face of our world during the live telecast on Sunday, Sept. 22, (8:00 PM, ET / 5:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.


Six-time Emmy nominee Don Cheadle will present a moving 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 fifteen minutes to a half hour, and the FCC approved the use of the remote control for home viewing.


The 65TH EMMY AWARDS are executive produced by Ken Ehrlich. Neil Patrick Harris is both host and producer, and the telecast is directed by Louis J. Horvitz for AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC in association with the Television Academy.

  • Joseph

    Although some historians claimed the Beatles’ arrival in the U.S. (and their first U.S. live TV appearance on Ed Sullivan) helped heal the nation’s mood after the Kennedy assassination, I’m not so sure it played that big a role.

    Time itself probably did more healing, although yes, John, Paul, George, and Ringo did help, especially among people who were under the age of 30.

  • Joseph

    Besides the JFK assassination, there were two other TV milestones in 1963: Live coverage of both the final Mercury space flight (flown by Gordon Cooper) in May (with hours upon hours of coverage), and in August, an all-day broadcast of the March On Washington, highlighted by Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

    Any retrospective on TV in 1963 must include these two events, as well as a rundown of hit entertainment shows premiering that year.


    Can understand paying homage to these two events, but question the selection of Cheadle & Underwood. Is Carrie going to do the Beatles? REALLY….

    However, being a mere lad of 10 for both these events, the impact has been LASTING (trust me).

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