Plans for TV’s Inauguration Day special have expanded.
Now Bruce Springsteen (shown here), John Legend and the Foo Fighters have been added. They join a music line-up (from scattered locatons) that has Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons and, reportedly, Jennifer Lopez.
That will be from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 20) on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC and more. It will be live in the East and delayed in the West, with many networks setting news specials at 8 p.m. Other Inauguration Day TV details include:
– The ceremony will be at noon ET, scaled down due to concerns about both COVID and security. Joe Biden has dropped plans to travel to Washington by Amtrak; instead of a crowd, there will be just two tickets for each congressman and senator. Also, 20,000 National Guardsmen have been called up.
– All of the major networks and news channels are likely to cover the swearing-in and the inaugural address … and many are likely to stay longer. Biden is expected to go to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with three ex-presidents – Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
– No inaugural balls are planned, but there will be the “Celebrating America” special from 8:30-10 p.m. Tom Hanks will host and Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will introduce segments. In addition to the music, there will be comments by Biden and Kamala Harris and segments dealing with health-care workers, teachers and other frontline workers.
– Other specials will precede that. At 10 p.m. ET Sunday, CNN will have “Kamala Harris: Making History”; at 10 p.m. Tuesday, PBS will have “Frontline: President Biden.” Also, specials about the Jan. 6 Capitol crisis have been set for “PBS Newshour” at 9 p.m. Friday (Jan. 15), for CNN at 10 p.m. ET Saturday and as part of CBS’ “60 Minutes” at 7 p.m. Sunday.
– And on Inauguration Day, Decades TV will rerun all previous televised inaugural speeches, from Harry Truman (5 a.m. ET) to Donald Trump (1 p.m. ET). Decades is a digital channel; see www.decades.com/wheretowatch.