This year, the Daytime Emmys will pay tribute to America's oldest teenager, Dick Clark, and his groundbreaking series, American Bandstand
. The tribute segment will be just one of several captivating segments that celebrate the energy of the telecast's new home, Las Vegas,
aired from 1952 through 1989, starting on a single TV station in Philadelphia as a replacement for a weekday offering of old movies. For its first five years, Bandstand
was hosted by radio personality Bob Horn. In 1957, Dick Clark, then a producer of American Bandstand
, pitched the idea of syndicating Bandstand
on all of ABC's owned-and-operated stations. ABC agreed, and Clark took over as host of the program. He remained the face of American Bandstand
for the next 32 years.
Though the show moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 1964, the format of American Bandstand
never strayed. It featured teenagers dancing to the pop hits of the day and showcased at least one musical act performing their latest hit.
To honor American Bandstand
, Cher, Barry Manilow, Garth Brooks, Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, Ann-Margret, Frankie Avalon, The Spinners, Chubby Checker, Tony Orlando, Jay Leno, Simon Cowell and The Jersey Boys will appear on the Emmy telecast to salute the iconic show and its legendary television personality. Ryan Seacrest will lead the tribute.
"Since this is the first time the Daytime Emmys will be based outside New York or L.A., we're putting together a special that will tap into the energy and excitement of Las Vegas," stated David McKenzie, executive producer of the telecast. "This will be an entertainment driven awards presentation that viewers will embrace."
Viewers can also expect appearances by Las Vegas-based acts including Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, the showgirls of Jubilee, Wayne Newton, and Cheech & Chong.
The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, June 27 at 9:00pm Eastern on CBS.
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