The Top 10 Moments in 2011 TV-Part Two


Regis Philbin says closing remarks after his final show. Photo property of Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America

Nine days before the world says goodbye to 2011, re-expierence the best moments in television from this year.


5. J.R. Martinez-From All My Children star to DWTS Champion


As actor and Army Veteran J.R. Martinez left All My Children behind in the sunset, he began a new journey on Dancing with the Stars.   With his professional partner, Karina Smirnoff, J.R. took the ballroom by storm, as he impressed viewers and judges with his dancing skills and determination which helped him win the  competition and take home the show’s coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.


To watch J.R. and Karina’s perfect Freestyle, click here:


4. Andy Rooney gives his final 60 Minutes commentary


For 33 years, Americans turned to journalism veteran Andy Rooney to hear his 60 Minutes essays.  From commentating on not knowing who Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber are to his hatred on e-books, Rooney used his wit to talk about what’s wrong with the world and his solutions on how to fix it.  Sadly, a month after his final commentary, Andy Rooney passed away on November 4, 2011.


To watch Andy Rooney reflect on his career, click here:


3. Regis signs off from LIVE


One of the greatest exits from daytime television was Emmy-wining talk show host and television legend Regis Philbin.  For nearly 30 years, Regis has navigated LIVE from its’ humble Morning Show beginnings to the 1988 launch of the nationally syndicated Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.  After countless co-hosts including Kathie Lee, Kelly Ripa and his wife, Joy and logging 16,780 and-a-half hours, he departed from his show on November 18, 2011.


During the last shows, Philbin received surprise visits from Robert De Niro, Lou Holtz and Vice President Joe Biden, had final televised conversations with friends David Letterman, Don Rickles, Donald Trump and former co-host Kathie Lee and received tributes from Josh Groban, Tony Bennett and the Off-Broadway revival cast of Rent. 


To watch Regis’ final message to his audience, click here:


2. Adele soars on the MTV Video Music Awards


The British singer-songwriter Adele had a fabulous year.  Her sophomore album 21 peaked at number one in 24 different countries and has received six Grammy nominations including the prestigious Song and Record of the Year for “Rolling In the Deep” and Album of the Year.


Adele cemented her dominance in the recording industry when she sang her hit “Someone Like You” on this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.   Her powerful performance brought the audience on their feet.  Click here to view it:


The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine “Kate” Middleton


One of the most watched events of the year was the wedding between Prince William to his longtime sweetheart: Catherine “Kate” Middleton.   Millions of people across the world turned on their televisions and clicked on YouTube to see every step of the wedding from Kate’s wedding dress reveal to the kiss at Buckingham Palace.


This wedding was the most watched moment in 2011.  Click here to revisit the couple’s popular kiss:

I do not own any of these clips.  They belong to their respective media organizations. 

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