One of the highlights of this week's massive video playlist commemorating the 1980-81 TV season is this NBC promo, not because it attempts to position Marie Osmond as sultry, but because of the event following Marie's show:
We here are big fans of the sports entertainment TV events that popped up in the BOTNS era in the wake of Superstars and Battle of the Network Stars, and this is a new one. It doesn't seem to be readily available, but some digging reveals it premiered Tuesday, December 9, 1980 in a two-hour slot, followed by Steve Allen Comedy Hour. It must be rare; I can't even find a reference to it in Vincent Terrace's massive guide to network specials.
Let's take a look at the guest list in lieu of more footage:
On the Country side (I assume): Glen Campbell, Charley Pride (yes!), Catherine Bach (yasssssss!)
On the City side: Lou Gossett Jr., Grant Goodeve (yassssss!), Danielle Brisebois (What?)
And of course we see Larry Wilcox with slop over his head, and if that isn't enough, as Casey Kasem tells and shows us in the promo:
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