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.