TV plans roadful of tributes to Hope

CBS, ABC, NBC, Cable nets sked specials

The passing of Bob Hope had broadcast and cable networks scrambling to pay tribute to the showbiz legend.

CBS immediately scheduled a special Dan Rather-anchored, half-hour edition of “48 Hours” that kicked off primetime Monday, while ABC slotted a Hope-themed half-hour “Nightline” in the news skein’s normal latenight slot.

NBC — Hope’s home for more than 50 years — was curiously low-key about its homage. As of early Monday evening, the Peacock planned to air a two-minute tribute to the late comedian in the 8 p.m. hour, repeating it again later in the night. It decided against rebroadcasting its Emmy-nommed spec “100 Years of Hope and Humor” on the network, instead choosing to air the spec on Peacock-owned Bravo.

“We celebrated 100 years of Bob Hope’s life and comedy in April, and again in May with two two-hour specials,” a Peacock spokeswoman said.

Cable news nets offered plenty of Hope coverage, with CNN’s “Larry King Live” devoting its entire hour Monday to a star-studded tribute. A slew of other specials and marathons have been slated, including:

  • Turner Classic Movies has skedded a five-pic Hope film festival for Thursday, starting at 11 a.m. with “The Road to Hong Kong.”

  • A&E rebroadcast Monday its 2-hour “Biography” on Hope; further rebroadcasts seem likely.

  • Saturday at 7 p.m. KCET will repeat the June spec “Bob Hope: The Road to Laughter,” an hourlong doc focusing on the thesp’s series of “Road” pics.

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