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[05/19/04 - 12:00 AM]
2004 Broadcast Upfront Presentations: Cbs, Part 2
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

TWO-HOUR EVENT STARRING POP MUSIC SUPERSTAR MADONNA AND A REUNION WITH THE CAST FROM "DALLAS" TOP THE LIST OF NEW SPECIALS FOR THE 2004-2005 SEASON ON CBS

Original "Dallas" Cast Members Larry Hagman, Victoria Principal, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Charlene Tilton, Ken Kercheval and Steve Kanaly Will Reunite At The Southfork Ranch To Celebrate The Long-Running, Hit Series

Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr., Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli Will Remember One Of Television's Classic Comedy Series, "One Day At A Time"

Daytime TV Star Dr. Phil Will Take On the Biggest Problems Facing Parents Today

"The 47th Annual Grammy Awards" Will Highlight The 2005 Awards Season

"The 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards" Is Set for Sept. 1 In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- A two-hour event starring pop music superstar Madonna and a reunion with the original cast of "Dallas" top an exciting list of new specials for CBS that includes musical superstars, reunion specials, America's favorite performers, award shows, perennial holiday favorites and parades in the 2004-2005 television season.

The new specials for the upcoming season feature: Pop icon Madonna on her "Reinvention Tour"; a reunion of the original cast of "Dallas," one of the most-beloved dramas in television history; a reunion with the original cast of "One Day At A Time," Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr., Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli, and, Dr. Phil's first Network special where the star of daytime television answers parents' most difficult questions.

The Entertainment Specials:

Madonna stars in a two-hour live concert special, featuring her greatest hits -- some performed in their original form and some reinterpreted -- as part of her "Reinvention Tour." Songs will include "Papa Don't Preach," "Express Yourself," "Vogue" and many more.

The original cast of "Dallas," the long-running, beloved CBS series will be reunited. It's been over 25 years since Larry Hagman, Victoria Principal, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Charlene Tilton, Ken Kercheval and Steve Kanaly first took up residence at the famous Southfork Ranch just outside of Dallas. They will meet there again for this special reunion to tour the famous grounds, talk about the series' most infamous storylines, reminisce about their time together on the show and sit down to a Texas-style barbeque. Larry Hagman will also share his own home movies that were shot as the series was actually being filmed.

The "One Day At A Time" reunion will bring together original cast members Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr., Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli who will reminisce about their days together on the popular, long-running comedy about a single mother trying to raise two teenaged daughters. Vintage clips from the series will highlight the special.

Who better to lay down the laws of parenting than Dr. Phil? This fall the daytime host will produce and star in his first Network special, using his tell-it-like-it-is style to answer parents most frequently asked questions. Are you raising a bully, a brat or a wallflower and don't even know it? He'll reveal what type of child you have and what to do about it. Taking on some of the biggest challenges and problems facing parents today, he'll literally change the life of one family�and just may change the way you look at your own.

THE 47TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, the presentation of the recording industry's highest honors, will feature live performances by top recording artists. This year's GRAMMY broadcast was the most-watched and highest-rated in all key demographics since 2001 with an audience of 26.4 million viewers.

THE 5TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS will originate live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Sept. 1, and will feature Latin music's biggest stars in one of the hottest showcases for Latin music on television. It is a celebration of the creative spirit, artistic achievement and diversity that are found in today's Latin music.

THE 38TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS, originating live from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Tuesday, Nov. 9, will feature performances from country music's biggest stars as they gather to receive their industry's most prestigious accolades.

THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS: A CELEBRATION OF THE PERFORMING ARTS will pay tribute to outstanding Americans who have distinguished themselves in the performing arts.

THE 31ST ANNUAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS will honor America's favorites in the fields of television, motion pictures and music. It will be the first Awards show of the year.

THE 40TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS will feature live performances by the biggest stars in country music. The annual broadcast is a fan favorite every spring.

THE 59TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, the presentation of the most prestigious honors in the American theater, will salute the finest shows and the brightest stars of the 2004-2005 Broadway season.

Holiday Programming:

A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS VI, a touching annual special, will continue to present inspirational new stories about adoption to raise awareness of this social issue.

Returning animated holiday specials include RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, FROSTY RETURNS, ROBBIE THE REINDEER IN HOOVES OF FIRE and ROBBIE THE REINDEER AND LEGENDS OF THE LOST TRIBE.

The Parades:

THE ALL-AMERICAN THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE and THE 115TH ANNUAL TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE.

Additional specials will be announced in the coming months.





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