NBC will have an all-star concert called "The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special" that will air as a two-hour special on the network sometime in 2019. The concert participants are to be announced, but NBC calls the show a celebration of Elvis Presley's 1968 TV special, and the performers will "pay tribute to Elvis, recreating the spectacle–even the staging–of that legendary night."
Presley's 1968 TV special, simply titled "Elvis," was filmed on June 27, 1968, in Burbank, California. NBC then aired the show on Dec. 3, 1968. A soundtrack for the "Elvis" TV special was released that year. It was Presley's first live television performance since 1961 and his first time starring in his own TV special. According to NBC, "Elvis" was the network's highest-rated show that year, with about 42 percent of the U.S. TV audience watching, and the show became commonly known as Presley's "comeback special." The black leather jumpsuit that Presley wore on the show became one of his most iconic outfits.
In addition to the musical performances, NBC's 2019 Elvis tribute special will have rare footage, outtakes and interviews with people involved in the 1968 show, including director Steve Binder. Ken Ehrlich of Ken Ehrlich Productions (the company behind the Grammy Awards telecast) will executive produce NBC's Elvis tribute special.
In 2008, Martina McBride did a virtual duet with Presley on the classic "Blue Christmas." The video for the song featured McBride edited into footage from the "Elvis" 1968 special. The video will no doubt serve as an inspiration for the tribute special that NBC will air in 2019.