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Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:07 AM

Biden team plans inauguration night celebrity TV special


In lieu of an inaugural ball, the virtual event will celebrate "American heroes" who have served on the frontlines during the pandemic.

By ALEX THOMPSON and TYLER PAGER

01/13/2021 08:01 AM EST

President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural committee is producing a television special for the night of his inauguration next week in lieu of the normal in-person festivities, an official familiar with the plans told POLITICO.

The prime-time event will air on broadcast channels ABC, CBS and NBC but not Fox. Cable news networks CNN and MSNBC will carry it live. Fox News will not.

The 90-minute program, hosted by Tom Hanks and beginning at 8:30 p.m., will include performances by Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons and Jon Bon Jovi. Besides the celebrities, the program, dubbed “Celebrating America,” will “spotlight American heroes,” according to a description of the event.

“We have witnessed countless heroes this past year step up to the frontlines and serve their fellow Americans, so we are telling their stories, spreading their collective light, and celebrating the best of our country and its people with this prime-time program,” Tony Allen, the CEO of Biden’s presidential inaugural committee, said in a statement.

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DonViejo Jan 13 OP
lark Jan 13 #1
secondwind Jan 13 #2
allnews Jan 13 #3
hlthe2b Jan 13 #4
DeminPennswoods Jan 13 #5
roscoeroscoe Jan 13 #6
DeminPennswoods Jan 13 #8
helpisontheway Jan 13 #10
DeminPennswoods Jan 13 #12
Guilded Lilly Jan 13 #7
Lucinda Jan 13 #9
Wounded Bear Jan 13 #11

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:09 AM

1. I will be watching for sure.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:10 AM

2. Fox is not interested, eh? hmm

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:12 AM

3. No FOX!

Not that I care but is that a sign of how we need to unify now?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:15 AM

4. Tom Hanks keeps me grounded... I absolutely adore him. And Jon Bon Jovi has been terrific.

Both are just genuinely good people. Great lineup.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:20 AM

5. Honestly don't think these virtual celebrations work

well on TV. And, I'm sorry to be cynical, but this "hero" stuff is just so contrived.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:22 AM

6. Democratic Convention

Showed the way, great production

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Response to roscoeroscoe (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:28 AM

8. Yeah, it was a nice production

But to me, this inaugural special is just the epitome of contrived.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 10:13 AM

10. You have not even watched it yet. 🤷🏽‍♀️ I thought the convention

was gonna be crap. However, I loved it. I loved how they showed people in all the states.

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Response to helpisontheway (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 11:58 AM

12. The roll call of states was very cool, no doubt about it

But this is a "made for TV" celebration. I just find those kinds of productions phoney and contrived. But that's me and ymmv.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:26 AM

7. I'll be "there"! One more week. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:38 AM

9. Perfect. I've been hoping that they would do something like this...

❤️~✿~❧~🌿~❧~✿~❤️

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 10:16 AM

11. Sounds good, and socially and medically responsible...

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