TV: Top 50 TV Icons
Johnny Carson Crowned the Number One TV Icon in TV Land and Entertainment Weekly's The 50 Greatest TV Icons
Two-Hour Special Premieres on TV Land on Friday, November 16 at 8 P.M. (ET/PT) and List Prominently Featured in Entertainment Weekly on Newsstands the Same Day
Legendary Johnny Carson -- the "King of Late Night TV" -- is ranked the number one TV icon in Entertainment Weekly and TV Land Present: The 50 Greatest TV Icons, premiering on Friday, November 16, 2007 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The two-hour TV Land special looks at individuals like Carson in addition to the great Lucille Ball and the hilarious Jerry Seinfeld, who have all made their indelible mark in TV history.
The complete list will be revealed in the TV Land Original special and in Entertainment Weekly's annual DVD issue on stands that day. The magazine feature celebrates each icon's contribution to television along with DVD recommendations from each of the icons' work. The TV special is produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions.
The 50 Greatest TV Icons features original talent interviews and archival clips of the entertainers who made the list as well as those who have been deeply influenced by them. From Oprah Winfrey to Simon Cowell and Susan Lucci to Homer Simpson, this countdown special showcases the stars who made a huge impact on television and continue to stand the test of time.
Viewers will be invited to text their choices for who they believe should be the #1 icon during the special's premiere. Viewers' top picks will be featured throughout the show with the final tabulated #1 viewers' choice revealed at the end of the special.
The 50 Greatest TV Icons by the numbers:
12 Icons from the classic era (1950s-1960s); 21 Icons from the 1970s-1980s and 17 Icons from the modern era (1990s-2000s).
There are 22 Comedy Icons; 10 Drama Icons; 8 Variety Icons; 5 Talk Show Icons; 2 News Icons; 1 Soap Icon; 1 Game Show Icon and 1 Sports Icon.
There are 29 Men; 17 Women; 2 Non-human; 1 Animated and 1 Ensemble Cast.
The list of The 50 Greatest TV Icons in numerical order:
50. Larry Hagman
As part of Entertainment Weekly's multi-platform rollout, EW.com -- the magazine's award-winning website -- has been taking The 50 Greatest TV Icons terrific premise and content to a new level with a four-part, interactive companion site. For starters, EW.com visitors have been asked to nominate via blog entries their personal choices for the Top 50 Icons. Once the nominations are in, Entertainment Weekly fans will then have the unique opportunity to participate in an innovative interactive bracket game that allows EW.com visitors to select from the 64 fan-generated nominations and choose the ultimate TV icon. For those visitors simply wanting to take a stroll down memory lane, EW.com is also presenting a four-part gallery of the Top 100 Icons featuring Entertainment Weekly's stunning photography as well as memorable screengrabs from some of yesterday and today's biggest television hits. And for those looking to sneak a rare peek behind-the-pages of Entertainment Weekly, EW.com will post a captivatingly funny and insightful video that builds upon the two-hour TV Land Original special and features the magazine's editors discussing their top TV icons as well as several celebrities (including a few featured icons) discussing their favorite icons.
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