The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced plans for its 2010 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon are almost complete for the 21 1/2-hour live show. It includes live remotes, dance and production numbers, music performances (David Archuleta, Enrique Iglesias, Lynyrd Skynryd, WAR, John Ondrasik, OneRepublic, and Barry Manilow, etc.), and comedy and dramatic appeals by some of America’s most popular entertainers.
MDA National Chairman Jerry Lewis will be headlining the star-studded television program that’s expected to be watched by some 40 million Americans, thanks to the “Love Network” of more than 170 television and cable stations broadcasting the show Sept. 5 and 6. The show will also stream live at www.mda.org.
Lewis will be assisted by co-hosts including Alison Sweeney (host of NBC’s “Biggest Loser” and “Days of our Lives” star); Nancy O’Dell, Emmy-winning entertainment personality, author and entrepreneur; and independent producer and Emmy-winning entertainment journalist Jann Carl.
The show will feature special guest co-hosts, too. Nigel Lythgoe (executive producer of “American Idol” and co-creator, executive producer, and judge for “So You Think You Can Dance”); actor and comedian Richard Belzer (“Law & Order”); Ace Young, Grammy-nominated songwriter and star of Broadway; actor Brandon Barash (“General Hospital” star); and actor/comedian John Pinette all will lend their talents to the show that brings so much help and hope to more than 1 million Americans living with neuromuscular diseases.
The Telethon also will showcase live performances by music icons including Tony Orlando (who’s also hosting the New York City telecast of the Telethon), Taylor Dayne, Maureen McGovern, Charo and Jack Jones.
For comedy, Vegas headliners Carrot Top, Terry Fator and George Wallace are returning to join funny men John Pinette, Bob Zany, Jeff Trachta, and comedic legends Norm Crosby and Charlie Callas.
The Telethon will feature cast members from the television hits “GLEE” and “The Doctors”; Ray Romano; Don Francisco (“Sabado Gigante”); Patrick Duffy; Ken Howard; Lou Ferrigno; and Olympic Gold medalists Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci.