Television special

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A television special (often TV special, or rarely "television spectacular") is a stand-alone television show which temporarily interrupts episodic programming normally scheduled for a given time slot.wikipedia
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Television show

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A television special (often TV special, or rarely "television spectacular") is a stand-alone television show which temporarily interrupts episodic programming normally scheduled for a given time slot.
A one-time show may be called a "special".

List of Christmas television specials

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Seasonal programs or parades: Christmas television specials, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New Year's Eve
The following is a list of Christmas television specials and miniseries, as well as Christmas-themed episodes of regular television series.

New Year's Eve

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Seasonal programs or parades: Christmas television specials, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New Year's Eve
Following Lombardo's death, Dick Clark's contemporary competitor, New Year's Rockin' Eve (which premiered for 1973 on NBC, and moved to ABC for 1975) became the dominant New Year's Eve special on U.S. television (especially among younger viewers), with Clark having anchored New Year's coverage (including New Year's Rockin' Eve and the one-off ABC 2000 Today) for 33 straight years.

Short film

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Specials have been produced which provide a full range of entertainment and informational value available via the television medium (news, drama, comedy, variety, cultural), in various formats (live television, documentary, studio production, animation, film), and in any viewing lengths (short films, theatrical films, miniseries, telethons).
DreamWorks Animation often produces a short sequel to include in the special edition video releases of major features, and are typically of a sufficient length to be broadcast as a TV special, a few films from the studio have added theatrical shorts as well.

Live television

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Specials have been produced which provide a full range of entertainment and informational value available via the television medium (news, drama, comedy, variety, cultural), in various formats (live television, documentary, studio production, animation, film), and in any viewing lengths (short films, theatrical films, miniseries, telethons).
Many live television specials were telecast during the pre-videotape era.

NBC

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In 1954, NBC president Sylvester Weaver pioneered an innovative style of programming which he called "spectaculars".
It was so successful that NBC restaged it as a live broadcast a mere ten months later; in 1960, long after Producers' Showcase had ended its run, Peter Pan, with most of the 1955 cast, was restaged again, this time as a standalone special, and was videotaped so that it would no longer have to be performed live on television.

Sylvester Weaver (executive)

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In 1954, NBC president Sylvester Weaver pioneered an innovative style of programming which he called "spectaculars".
For NBC he advocated for television spectaculars, live, 90-minute special programs with high production values and costs.

Event television

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Event television
Series and specials that have been referred to as "event television" include:

Television film

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Theatrical films and "made-for-TV" movies
Television special

Broadcast programming

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A television special (often TV special, or rarely "television spectacular") is a stand-alone television show which temporarily interrupts episodic programming normally scheduled for a given time slot.

Television

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Specials have been produced which provide a full range of entertainment and informational value available via the television medium (news, drama, comedy, variety, cultural), in various formats (live television, documentary, studio production, animation, film), and in any viewing lengths (short films, theatrical films, miniseries, telethons).

Television studio

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Specials have been produced which provide a full range of entertainment and informational value available via the television medium (news, drama, comedy, variety, cultural), in various formats (live television, documentary, studio production, animation, film), and in any viewing lengths (short films, theatrical films, miniseries, telethons).

Animation

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Specials have been produced which provide a full range of entertainment and informational value available via the television medium (news, drama, comedy, variety, cultural), in various formats (live television, documentary, studio production, animation, film), and in any viewing lengths (short films, theatrical films, miniseries, telethons).

Film

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Specials have been produced which provide a full range of entertainment and informational value available via the television medium (news, drama, comedy, variety, cultural), in various formats (live television, documentary, studio production, animation, film), and in any viewing lengths (short films, theatrical films, miniseries, telethons).

Miniseries

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Specials have been produced which provide a full range of entertainment and informational value available via the television medium (news, drama, comedy, variety, cultural), in various formats (live television, documentary, studio production, animation, film), and in any viewing lengths (short films, theatrical films, miniseries, telethons).

Telethon

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Specials have been produced which provide a full range of entertainment and informational value available via the television medium (news, drama, comedy, variety, cultural), in various formats (live television, documentary, studio production, animation, film), and in any viewing lengths (short films, theatrical films, miniseries, telethons).

Broadway theatre

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Adaptations of operas, Broadway plays, and other musicals

Celebrity

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Celebrity profiles, interviews, or tribute specials

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Seasonal programs or parades: Christmas television specials, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New Year's Eve

Feature film

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Theatrical films and "made-for-TV" movies

Olympic Games

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Irregular sports events: Olympic Games, Super Bowl

Super Bowl

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Irregular sports events: Olympic Games, Super Bowl

Miss America

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Beauty pageants: Miss America