MSG NETWORK HIGHLIGHTS THE GREATEST GARDEN MOMENTS WITH
“THE GARDEN’S DEFINING MOMENTS” SHOWCASING HISTORIC EVENTS AT
“THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS ARENA” THE SERIES RETURNS AS FINAL 10 EPISODES
PREMIERE DECEMBER 2015, NARRATED BY BEN STILLER
New York, NY (December 17, 2015) – MSG Network today announced that the final 10 episodes of “The Garden’s Defining Moments,” a special 20-part television event presented by SAP celebrating some of the greatest moments at Madison Square Garden spanning the legendary venue’s more than 135-year history, will return beginning December 23 and feature narration by longtime Garden fan Ben Stiller.
The Garden’s four Arena complexes have played host to many of the greatest moments in the history of sports, music, entertainment and politics. MSG Network has dedicated a half-hour episode to honor 20 of these “Defining Moments,” which are showcased in the Arena with photos, memorabilia and artifacts. The first 10 episodes of “The Garden’s Defining Moments” premiered on MSG earlier this year.
“The Garden’s Defining Moments” schedule – Final 10 of 20 (all premieres will telecast on MSG Network):
Ewing’s Putback Sends Knicks to Finals – June 5, 1994
Premiering Wednesday, December 23 at 10:30 p.m.
Features interviews with Patrick Ewing, Pat Riley, Jeff Van Gundy
It was only fitting that an incredible series had an incredible end. After the Knicks found themselves down three games to two in the Eastern Conference Finals, they won Game 6 in Indiana to return to Madison Square Garden for the deciding Game 7. With the Knicks down, 90-89, John Starks drove to the baseline for a missed layup attempt with :26.9 remaining, but Patrick Ewing grabs the offensive rebound and slams it home for a 91-90 lead, and the eventual win, advancing the Knicks to the NBA Finals. Following the game, Ewing stood atop the scorer’s table with his arms out, making for one of the most iconic and lasting images in Knicks history.
12-12-12 – December 12, 2012
Premiering Friday, January 1, 2016 at 11:30 p.m.
Features interviews with Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, event producers James Dolan, Harvey Weinstein and John Sykes joined forces to present “12-12-12” (A Concert For Sandy Relief). The event raised over $50 million and the Robin Hood Foundation quickly distributed funds from the event to assist the millions of people affected by the devastating storm. “12-12-12” was the largest event ever staged at The Garden and was available worldwide to nearly two billion people. The event drew the biggest stars and featured performances by legendary artists, including Bon Jovi, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, The Who, Paul McCartney and many more.
Bill Clinton Presidential Nomination – July 13, 1992
Premiering Friday, January 8, 2016 at midnight
Features interviews with Bill Clinton, Paul Begala
When the 1992 Democratic National Convention arrived at Madison Square Garden, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton was in the midst of transforming himself from a scrappy underdog to his party’s consensus choice for candidate. The self-described “Comeback Kid” rode the wave of support from the convention through the campaign, defeating incumbent George H.W. Bush to become the 42nd President of the United States.
WrestleMania I – March 31, 1985
Premiering Monday, January 11, 2016 at 10:30 p.m.
Features interviews with Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, the late Roddy Piper, Cyndi Lauper, Mean Gene Okerlund
The cultural phenomenon known as WrestleMania was born at The Garden on March 31, 1985. In one of Sports Entertainment’s most iconic moments, Hulk Hogan and Mr. T claimed a dramatic win over “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff in the main event, which also featured Muhammad Ali as the special guest referee and Liberace as the special guest timekeeper.
Rangers vs. Canucks 1994 Stanley Cup Finals – June 14, 1994
Premiering Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10:30 p.m.
Features interviews with Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter
“The waiting is over! The New York Rangers are the Stanley Cup champions!” In the breath-taking atmosphere at The World’s Most Famous Arena, the Rangers skated to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in a spectacular Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. Brian Leetch, Adam Graves and Mark Messier scored Rangers goals, while Mike Richter held off a late push by the Canucks to seal the dramatic victory. When the final horn sounded, the players were finally able to raise the Cup and savor a Stanley Cup Championship “that will last a lifetime.”
Marilyn Monroe Sings Happy Birthday to JFK – May 19, 1962
Premiering Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10:30 p.m.
Features interviews with film historian Jeffrey Lyons, Time Life Photographer Bill Ray, Marilyn Monroe’s makeup artist Marie Irvine, actress Joan Copeland, author Michael O’Brien
In one of the most memorable and iconic performances of all time, Marilyn Monroe capped a birthday celebration for President John F. Kennedy with her own sultry rendition of “Happy Birthday.” After the performance, President Kennedy came on stage and joked about the song, saying “I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way.”
Knicks vs. Celtics 1973 Eastern Conference Finals – April 22, 1973
Premiering Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11 p.m.
Features interviews with Phil Jackson, Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Willis Reed
Game Four of the 1973 Eastern Conference Finals was an Easter Sunday classic, a 117-110 double-overtime Knicks victory over the Boston Celtics. New York got 37 points from Walt Frazier and 22 from Dave DeBusschere, mounting a comeback from 16 down with under 10 minutes left in regulation. With five players fouled out, it took New York’s off-the-bench heroes — John Gianelli, Phil Jackson and Henry Bibby — to pull the Knicks to victory. New York took a 3-1 lead on their way to defeating the Celtics in seven games, a pivotal chapter in their march to the 1973 NBA Championship.
The Concert for New York City – October 20, 2001
Premiering Monday, February 8, 2016 at 10:30 p.m.
Features interviews with Billy Joel, James Dolan, Harvey Weinstein, John Sykes, Jon Bon Jovi
Following the devastating events of September 11, 2001, Madison Square Garden played host to “The Concert for New York City,” to raise money for the victims and to honor the first responders, including the FDNY, NYPD and Port Authority Police. The benefit concert was organized by James Dolan, Harvey Weinstein, and John Sykes to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation and raised more than $35 million. The evening featured musicians, politicians, first responders, sports stars and entertainers including Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Elton John, Paul McCartney, The Who, Adam Sandler, President Clinton and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Marciano Defeats Louis – October 26, 1951
Premiering Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 11 p.m.
Features interviews with Mike Tyson, Joe Louis Barrow
A young, undefeated fighter named Rocky Marciano stepped into Madison Square Garden’s famed ring to battle a legend, Joe Louis, for the heavyweight championship of the world in a fight that would go down as one of the most memorable moments in Garden history. Louis was a fading star, and Marciano represented the future of the heavyweight division. Marciano landed a left hook followed by an overhand right in the 8th round that sent Louis crumbling through the ropes and brought the fight to a dramatic end. Marciano wept in Louis’ dressing room after the fight; he had just knocked out his hero.
Madison Square Garden Opens – May 31, 1879
Premiering Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 11:30 p.m.
The World’s Most Famous Arena first opened its doors in 1879 at its namesake location in Madison Square at 26th Street and Madison Avenue. With more than 130 years of history spanning four buildings at three locations, The Garden has served as host to some of the most iconic and enduring moments in sports, entertainment and politics. The second Garden opened in 1890 in the same location as the first. Then, in 1925, The Garden moved uptown, opening at its third location on Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets. The current Garden opened in 1968 with a star-studded USO salute hosted by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
“The Garden’s Defining Moments” is produced by RGTV and Fran Healy Productions.
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