NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration
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NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration is an American television special that debuted on NBC on May 12, 1986. The executive producer was Alexander Cohen and the writer and co-producer was Hildy Parks. The same team assembled such famous-faces TV specials as Night of 100 Stars. This celebration also marks the debut of the current peacock logo of NBC.
The opening scene was staged in the corridors of corporate headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where many NBC stars like Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Barbara Eden, Doris Roberts and two kids from The Cosby Show arrive on the eighth floor via an elevator. They enter just in time to witness a perky musical number featuring "peacock" dancers and NBC tour guides all singing and dancing an opening theme titled Hey Did You Know? within the lobbies of the building. The program quickly gets to a parade of stars in which, as an unseen announcer bellows out their individual names, formally dressed performers appear from behind a curtain, smilingly walk toward the television camera, and disappear to a warm ovation of what appears to be canned applause.
The roster proceeds, alphabetically, from Steve Allen and Harry Anderson to Jane Wyatt and Robert Young. Heading the list of the significantly absent is the always judicious Bill Cosby, whose then-current show has been the main reason that NBC has that season become the top-rated network for the first time in its history.
The rest, for the most part, consists of clips from shows down through the years, loosely arranged around categories and themes. The main plot of the special features two of the youngsters from The Cosby Show, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Keshia Knight Pulliam, being given a tour of NBC's facilities in New York and in Burbank, California. Much hinges on the question of whether little Keshia will ever get to see Johnny Carson in person.
The entire special itself pays tribute to every one of NBC television themes from late-night to daytime programming, radio days, early entertainment, comedy, drama, sitcoms, specials, movies, sports, and news, just to name a few. In the end, Malcolm and Keshia meet up with Johnny Carson himself on a stage full of NBC's guest stars singing a closing version of the opening theme, Hey Did You Know? As the camera pans outward to reveal all the stars on screen, a new version of the NBC peacock logo is unveiled, this time with six feathers. This marks the debut of the "current" NBC logo (as well as the NBC Productions logo with the current logo).