×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Stand Up to Cancer to Stage Fourth Telethon in September

The showbiz-backed non-profit org Stand Up to Cancer will mount its fourth telethon on Sept. 5, offering a live hourlong special that will air as a roadblock across the Big Four networks and 26 other outlets.

For the first time this year the commercial-free telethon will also air in Canada across the four major nets, CBC, City, CTV and Global, with some Canadian-specific content mixed in.

Joel Gallen and Gwyneth Paltrow return as exec producers of the telecast, which began in 2008 and has become a biennial event for Stand Up to Cancer. The org, co-founded by Laura Ziskin, Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing and others, is backed by the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

The telethons to date have raised more than $261 million to support cancer research programs, with an emphasis on investigating new approaches to treatment.

Paltrow, like the other co-founders, was motivated to join the Stand up to Cancer initiative after her father, writer-producer Bruce Paltrow, died of throat cancer in 2002 at the age of 58.

“Cancer profoundly touched my life when I lost my father to the disease 12 years ago, and Stand Up to Cancer gives me a powerful platform to fight for a cause that I’m passionate about,” Paltrow said. “I am thrilled to join Joel Gallen to executive produce the Stand Up to Cancer telecast again this year, and honored to continue standing up in my father’s memory.”

The telethon will originate from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The talent lineup will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

In addition to ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, the U.S. nets donating time to carry the telecast are:

  • American Forces Network
  • Bravo
  • Cooking Channel
  • Discovery Fit & Health
  • E!
  • Encore
  • Encore Espanol
  • Epix
  • ESPNews
  • Fox Sports 2
  • FXM
  • HBO
  • HBO Latino
  • Ion Television
  • Lifetime Movie Network
  • Logo TV
  • MLB Network
  • National Geographic Channel
  • Oxygen
  • Palladia
  • Pivot
  • Showtime
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • Starz
  • TNT
  • VH1

More TV

  • 'The Crown': Josh O'Connor, Erin Doherty

    'The Crown': Josh O'Connor, Erin Doherty on Charles and Anne 'Breaking the Mold'

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Crown” Season 3 on Netflix. The arrivals Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Anne (Erin Doherty) midway through “The Crown’s” third season infuse the show with a youthful energy reminiscent of the first two years. But, they also offer a sense of rebelliousness, shaking [...]

  • Mindy Kaling Actors on Actors

    Why Mindy Kaling Turned to Social Media to Find the Lead of Her Netflix Series

    Constance Wu (“Hustlers”) and Mindy Kaling (“Late Night”) explained how the internet helped expand the casting pool for their projects during a conversation for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” Wu began the interview: “When I did ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and they were looking for actors, it was crazy how many people said, ‘Well, there are [...]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Harry Styles"

    'Saturday Night Live' Turns the Impeachment Hearings Into a Soap Opera (Watch)

    “Saturday Night Live” kicked off its Nov. 16 episode with a take on the biggest news story of the previous week (and foreseeable future): the impeachment hearings. But another big story of the week, especially in Hollywood, was how NBC’s last remaining daytime drama, “Days of our Lives,” had let its actors out of their [...]

  • Andy Cohen attends BravoCon's "Watch What

    'The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' to Debut in 2020

    Bravo announced Saturday during its first annual BravoCon that a tenth “Real Housewives” series, “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” will debut in 2020. Bravo host and “Real Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen made the announcement during a panel titled “Ask Andy” at the NYC convention. “We’ve always tried to choose a city that [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content