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NBC looks at the 50-year late night battle

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As part of NBC's upcoming 75th Anniversary celebration, the network will air the special "50 Years of NBC Late Night" on Sunday, April 7 (9 p.m. to 11p.m.). The special hosted by “Late Night??? host Conan O’Brien will take viewers to the beginnings of the most talked about daypart in television.

Late night television has made headlines in the past few weeks, revealing its unique place in American pop culture. "50 Years of NBC Late Night" celebrates the funniest and most controversial moments that have kept America awake and laughing into the night - saluting late night television as the place where rules are made to be broken, comedy legends are born and the unexpected is a regular occurrence. The special will include rare footage, not seen since its original broadcasts - as well as some bonus footage not seen in the original telecast.

The special will trace late night’s beginnings from Broadway Open House in 1950, to the Tonight Show and its four hosts - Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno…as well as showing vintage “Late Night with David Letterman??? footage from his run on NBC and of course, highlights from O’Brien’s nearly ten year tenure at “Late Night.??? In addition, the special will include moments from “Tomorrow with Tom Snyder??? and “Later with Bob Costas??? as well as a nod to “Saturday Night Live.???

Among the many famous faces Late night would be nothing without its guest stars and the special features early appearances of some of today's biggest stars including Drew Barrymore, Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld as well as uproarious moments with such Hollywood heavyweights and legends as Madonna, Cher, Richard Pryor, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Ferrell as well as the unforgettable "What were you thinking?" Leno appearance of Hugh Grant.

"50 Years of NBC Late Night" is from Conaco and NBC Studios and is executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Jeff Ross and Andrew Solt are the co-executive producers.

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