On the occasion of NBC’s announcement that a prime time edition of “Today” will air Monday, Dec. 22.

5. “Capitol,” CBS, March 26, 1982. I’m sure no one remembers this daytime soap, but it was a favorite of mine, since it dealt with politics. (Although not so much in its later years.) A special one-hour preview aired on Friday, March 26 (after “Dallas”), three days before its daytime debut.

4. “The Cradle Will Fall,” CBS, May 24, 1983. This made-for-TV featured six characters from “Guiding Light.” I’ve never seen it, but I’d love to.

3. “Good Morning America: Evening Edition,” ABC, Aug. 24, 1993. This special featured one of the great celebrity meltdowns of all time: Chantal Westerman’s interview with Burt Reynolds who trashed his estranged wife, Loni Anderson. The most memorable thing was Reynolds’ purple suit. Here’s how the New York Times described this train wreck: “Reynolds went on TV in a purple suit with a scarf knotted around his throat and, in a paranoid, dazed manner, spoke of extramarital relations and lie-detector tests and other matters better left private.” Poor Burt.

2. “Today at Night,” NBC, Aug. 26, 1985. This was the venerable morning show’s first foray into prime time, but it is most notable for what didn’t make it to air. While “Today” hosts Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley were taping a segment outside Rockefeller Center, David Letterman – stationed at a window inside the RCA Building – used a blowhorn to interrupt the segment, introducing himself thusly: “I am Larry Grossman, president of NBC News, and I’m not wearing pants!” The incident left Gumbel furious, sparking a long-running feud with Letterman that wasn’t resolved until both had moved to CBS in the 1990s.

price-is-right1. “The Price is Right,” CBS, Aug. 14, 1986. I thought this was the coolest thing ever. CBS gave my all-time favorite daytime game show a prime time run for a few weeks in the summer of 1986. Although prime time game shows were popular in television’s golden age, they had long since disappeared by the time this nighttime version of “Price” aired. (It would be another 13 years before “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” sparked a prime time game show revival.) The best thing about these evening specials: Host Bob Barker wore a tux. Cool.

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