Decades offers The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast in marathon form on Thanksgiving. The event starts at 6 a.m. ET and concludes 24 hours later. Filmed in the former MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, roastmaster Martin, along with his celeb friends, roast iconic figures of the 1970s and ‘80s in this marathon of hour-long specials.
The event starts with Suzanne Somers and moves onto Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Stewart and then Dean Martin himself gets roasted. Betty White, Lucille Ball, George Burns, Bob Hope, Angie Dickinson, Danny Thomas, Mr. T, Jackie Gleason, Jack Klugman and Joe Namath follow, before roastings of Muhammad Ali, Joan Collins and Evel Knievel, among others.
Celebrity roasts originated as a segment in The Dean Martin Show, which aired on NBC from 1965-1974. Standalone roast specials ran from 1974-1984.
Weigel Broadcasting owns Decades, a digital network featuring vintage TV whose motto reads Relive, Remember, Relate. Decades' markets include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Detroit. ■
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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