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A Paley Center for Media Special

A Paley Center for Media Special

  • Premiered: 
    December 13, 1994
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  • Network: Fox
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
  • Tags: television

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Plot Synopsis

Since 1994, The Paley Center for Media, formerly know as the Museum of Television & Radio, has presented a series of television specials that honor TV's seminal programs and performers by focusing on many memorable television moments and events in sitcoms, dramas, and reality television. Each special, typically 90 to 120 minutes in duration, has a different theme, including: "Science Fiction: A Journey Into the Unknown" (Dec 13, 1994 on Fox); "Classic Stand-Up Comedy on Television" (Sep 14, 1996 on NBC); "Behind the Laughs: The Untold Stories of Television's Favorite Comedies" (May 27, 1998 on Fox); "America's Teenagers: Growing Up on Television" (Jul 31, 1998 on ABC); "Influences: From Yesterday to Today" (Aug 27, 1999 on CBS); "The '70s: The Decade That Changed Television" (Sep 17, 2000 on ABC); "Breaking the News" (Aug 24, 2001 on CBS); "Great Women of Television Comedy" (Apr 15, 2003 on NBC); "The Funniest Families of Television Comedy" (Jul 19, 2004 on ABC); "Unforgettable Moments in Television Entertainment" (Aug 10, 2005 on NBC); "A Day in the Life of Television" (Sep 2, 2006 on CBS); "TV's Funniest Moments" (Jun 1, 2007 on Fox); "TV's All-Time Funniest" (May 9, 2008 on ABC); "TV's 50 Funniest Phrases" (May 26, 2009 on NBC); "TV's Greatest Surprises" (Jun 16, 2010 on CBS); "TV's Funniest Holiday Moments" (Nov 26, 2010 on Fox); "TV's Most Dynamic Duos" (Sep 2, 2012 on ABC); "TV's Funniest of the Funniest" (Sep 1, 2013 on NBC); "Now That's Funny! On Set With TV's Hottest Comedies" (Dec 26, 2014 on CBS); "TV's Funniest Animated Stars" (Dec 7, 2015);
On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, NBC premiered "The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace," a one-hour special. Comprised of the best moments from the show's original eight seasons in which it received 16 Emmy Awards from among 83 nominations, "The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace" will also feature new and exclusive interviews with the show's stars -- Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally -- as well as creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, and legendary director James Burrows. Also included is never-seen-before behind-the-scenes footage of the landmark series that altered the television landscape with its brilliant comedy and groundbreaking focus on gay characters and their life experiences.

"Throughout the eight years it aired, WILL & GRACE was critically acclaimed, beloved by audiences and often credited with moving the social/cultural needle, but most of all WILL & GRACE was really, really funny," said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "Teaming up with the wonderful people at the Paley Center, who are the experts at curating the best of television, is the perfect way to celebrate these witty, crazy characters and their incisive, hilarious take on the world before we're back in people's living rooms every week."

"WILL & GRACE not only made television history, but educated and delighted audiences with its positive portrayal of the LGBTQ community," said Maureen J. Reidy, President & CEO, The Paley Center for Media. "The Paley Center is incredibly proud to partner with NBC for this special look at one of television's most beloved and historical comedies in advance of its highly anticipated return this September."


Other Titles

  • Also known as: Presented by The Paley Center for Media on TV
  • Previously known as: A Museum of Television and Radio Special

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Scott Goldstein Productions (1994)
  • Produced by Zaloom Mayfield Productions (1996)
  • Produced by Nash Entertainment (1998 May)
  • Produced by ZMC Productions (1998 July)
  • Produced by Rocket Science Laboratories (1999 - 2000)
  • Produced by Planet Grande Pictures (2001 - 2006; 2010 May)
  • Produced by Brad Lachman Productions (2007 - 2009; 2010 Nov; 2013)
  • Produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions (2012)
  • In association with Paley Center for Media (1994 - 2007 as Museum of Television & Radio; 2008 - Present)