NBC's "Sunday Night Football", primetime television's No. 1 program for an unprecedented eight consecutive years, will unveil an all-new show open with Carrie Underwood this season, with a nod to the first-ever NBC "Sunday Night Football" open in 2006 featuring a new rendition of the original "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" music.
Underwood, the seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist, stars in the NBC "Sunday Night Football" show open for the seventh consecutive year and welcomes Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Joan Jett, who makes an appearance during Underwood's performance.
At the invitation of Underwood, Jett — whose 1988 Top 10 hit "I Hate Myself For Loving You" was adapted for the original "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" "Sunday Night Football" show open music in 2006 — appears for the first time in the NBC "Sunday Night Football" show open. Underwood will also be joined by NFL stars (to be announced on Monday) in the new show open.
"I have always been a huge fan of Joan's, and I'm thrilled that she's joining us for the 'Sunday Night Football' open," Underwood said. "What better way to pay homage to the original 'Sunday Night Football' opening song than by getting to play with her on primetime's biggest stage?"
"When Carrie brought us this idea, we immediately embraced it as a terrific way to evolve the performance, while also celebrating the song we used in our first 10 seasons of 'Sunday Night Football'," said Fred Gaudelli, executive producer of NBC's "Sunday Night Football". "We were excited when Joan agreed to join us, and we can't wait to debut the finished product."
Tripp Dixon is creative director of the "Sunday Night Football" show open.
At halftime of this Sunday night's preseason game on NBC (Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans, 8 p.m. ET), a sneak preview of the "Sunday Night Football" show open will air. The full 2019 NBC "Sunday Night Football" show open will debut on Sunday, September 8, as the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers.
For the first time in the series' 14 seasons, the "Sunday Night Football" show open was filmed inside an NFL stadium, with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, serving as the "stage."
Pepsi is the sponsor of the "Sunday Night Football" open and will be integrated on-air each week.
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" finished the 2018-19 TV season as primetime's No. 1 TV show in all key metrics for an unprecedented eighth consecutive year — adding to its record for the most consecutive years atop the charts (since 1950), based on official live plus same day data provided by Nielsen. "Sunday Night Football" also ranked as the No. 1 show in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic for the ninth consecutive TV season. In addition, in May at the Sports Emmy Awards for excellence in sports television production, "Sunday Night Football" became the first show ever to win 10 Sports Emmys in the Outstanding Live Sports Series category. "Sunday Night Football" has earned the honor in 10 of the past 11 years.
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