IT'S GONNA BE POPPING: THE 44TH ANNUAL MACY'S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR AIRS JULY 4 AT 8 P.M. (ET/PT) ON NBC.
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
NBC News’ "TODAY" Anchor Craig Melvin will host the 44th Annual “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on July 4 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
Special guests performing include: the Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Lady A, John Legend, Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley with a special performance by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman.
The spectacular event will follow a series of weeklong surprise displays of the iconic fireworks across all five of New York City's boroughs.
Spectators in New York City and from coast-to-coast will have a front row view to the unparalleled barrage of color, light and sound. An encore presentation will follow from 10-11 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
To allow New Yorkers to experience the fireworks without creating crowds, the annual Independence Day spectacle was reimagined as a series of neighborhood shows. Beginning June 29 and culminating on July 4, the displays will launch unannounced on select evenings at one or two land-or water-based locations across New York City.
Each brief but powerful five-minute display will showcase Macy's signature pyrotechnic design and scale. Firing thousands of dazzling shells per minute, with heights reaching up to 1,000 feet at select locations, this year's showcase will give millions of New Yorkers across the city spectacular views from the comfort of their homes and neighborhoods.
The entertainment special will feature a presentation of the full Macy's Fireworks show captured throughout the week, including a live grand finale.
The "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" telecast is a production of Universal Television in association with Macy's. It is produced by Brad Lachman Productions with Lachman serving as executive producer. Bill Bracken is a co-executive producer.
Lachman's credits include a variety of NBC specials, including the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" and "NBC's 90th Anniversary Special" in addition to "Michael Bublé's Christmas Special" for five holiday seasons.
Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from NBC publicity.
IN OTHER TV NEWS:
JAY PHAROAH TO HOST "NICKELODEON'S UNFILTERED"
Comedian and actor Jay Pharoah (“Saturday Night Live,” “2 Minutes of Fame”), will host “Nickelodeon's Unfiltered” (previously “Game Face”) at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.
The remotely produced six-episode game show features panelists Darci Lynne and “This Is All That's” Lex Lumpkin and Gabrielle Nevaeh Green, who must guess the identities of virtually disguised celebrity guests.
Said Pharoah, "As a person who likes to transform and play multiple characters, I always love a good disguise and I can't wait to see which panelist will be able to figure out our guests' identities. Nickelodeon's “Unfiltered” is going to be an outrageously good time, and we have some big names and surprises that you really won't want to miss."
Each episode of “Nickelodeon's Unfiltered” will feature celebrity guests whose true identities are hidden behind an animated 3D filter and voice changer, while the panel deciphers the mystery through rounds of Q&A, wacky trivia and hilarious game competitions.
The first panelist to guess the star hiding behind the filter wins the round. Viewers can get in on the fun by downloading the show's filters to transform into the same digital characters as their favorite celebrities.
“Nickelodeon's Unfiltered” follows the success of the remotely produced series “Group Chat” with Annie and Jayden, hosted by “Side Hustle” co-stars Annie LeBlanc and Jayden Bartels.
“Nickelodeon's Unfiltered” is executive produced by Pharoah and Shaina Farrow (“Special Skills”). Ben Pluimer (“Legendary Dudas”) also serves as executive producer. Production for Nickelodeon is overseen by Ashley Kaplan, Senior Vice President, Digital Studios; Luke Wahl, Vice President, Digital Studios; and Paul J Medford, Vice President, Unscripted Current Series.
Nickelodeon, now in its 41st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing and feature films. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).
Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from Nickelodeon.