Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga Plan Three Specials, Including 'MTV Unplugged'

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Popular on Variety The rollout for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's second and final collaborative album, "Love for Sale," will include saturation-level broadcast components in the months to come, as the pair have partnered with ViacomCBS for three different specials, with CBS, MTV Entertainment Group and Paramount Plus. Among them is Bennett's return to the […]
The rollout for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's second and final collaborative album, "Love for Sale," will include saturation-level broadcast components in the months to come, as the pair have partnered with ViacomCBS for three different specials, with CBS, MTV Entertainment Group and Paramount Plus. Among them is Bennett's return to the "MTV Unplugged" franchise that gave his career a major comeback boost, this time with Gaga in tow.

The first special out of the gate will be "One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga," to air on CBS the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The hour-long show is the filmed rendering of the two concerts the pair did at Radio City Music Hall in August, billed as Bennett's final public performances, the first night of which coincided with his 95th birthday. Beyond its CBS berth, the show will be available for streaming on the Paramount Plus service.

Next up is "MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga," pegged for winter with no confirmed air date yet. The show was filmed with an intimate studio audience in New York City around the time of August's Radio City Music Hall performances. That branding played a major role in Bennett's career almost three decades ago when his first "MTV Unplugged" special was turned into a surprise-hit 1994 album that went on to win the 1995 Grammy for album of the year. "Tony Bennett's resurgence…
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