Following this week’s shocking news of the sudden double deaths of mother-daughter duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, the world will continue to honor the “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Star Wars” icons with various television specials and tribute programming, dedicated to celebrating the actresses’ extraordinary lives.
“20/20,” ABC, Friday, Dec. 30, 10 p.m.
ABC’s “20/20” will have a special dedicated to the late duo, titled “Debbie and Carrie: Heartbreak in Hollywood.” The hour will give a wide-ranging look at not only their careers and legacies, but also their loving, yet complex relationship, including the highs and lows of Reynolds’ memorable career, a spotlight on the next generation and Fisher’s life in Hollywood. Anchored by Elizabeth Vargas, the special will also feature heartfelt tributes from family and friends.
“Will & Grace” Marathon, Logo, Friday, Dec. 30, 5 p.m. to midnight
Logo will air a seven-hour “Will & Grace” marathon with 12 episodes and two encores, featuring Debbie Reynolds’ episodes. She played Debra Messing’s on-screen mother in the NBC sitcom. (Another Reynolds-centric “Will & Grace” block will air again on Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race, Logo, Saturday, Dec. 31, midnight
Immediately following the “Will & Grace” marathon is an episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on which Reynolds served as a guest judge. The episode, which originally aired in 2010, was titled “Golden Girls” and featured Reynolds, guest judging along with Cloris Leachman.
“Roseanne,” Logo, Saturday, Dec. 31, 1 a.m.
Right after “Drag Race,” Logo will air one episode of “Roseanne,” which featured Reynolds as a guest star and was written by her daughter, Fisher. The episode, titled “Arsenic and Old Mom,” was originally broadcast in 1997, and marked Fisher’s single credit as a comedic sitcom writer.
“Golden Girls,” Logo, Saturday, Dec. 31, 1:30 a.m.
Following “Roseanne,” Logo will air two episodes of “Golden Girls.” The 2 a.m. episode features Reynolds, who guest starred as the character Truby in one episode of the beloved sitcom in 1991, titled “There Goes the Bride: Part II.”
“Wishful Drinking,” HBO, Sunday, Jan. 1, 9 p.m.
HBO will air an encore presentation of Fisher’s 2010 feature-length documentary about her autobiographical play. The doc — which received two Primetime Emmy nominations for its original run — tells the intoxicating tale of the “Star Wars” alum’s life, combining her raucous one-woman stage performance with interviews with family and friends, plus archival footage.
Debbie Reynolds Marathon, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Friday, Jan. 27
TCM will celebrate Reynolds’ acting, singing and dancing career with a 24-hour marathon of her work, which launched alongside Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain” in 1952 and included such milestones as an Oscar nomination for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” in 1964.
In addition to the TV marathon, the TCM Big Screen Classics series will have events on Jan. 15 and Jan. 18 when “Singin’ in the Rain” will be shown on the big screen. For more information, click here.
Below is the Jan. 27 marathon schedule on TCM…
6:00 a.m. – “It Started With A Kiss” (1959) – After a whirlwind courtship, an Army officer and his wacky wife try to make their marriage work
7:45 a.m. – “Bundle Of Joy” (1956) – A shop girl is mistaken for the mother of a foundling
9:30 a.m. – “How The West Was Won” (1963) – Three generations of pioneers take part in the forging of the American West
12:30 p.m. – “The Tender Trap” (1955) – A swinging bachelor finds love when he meets a girl immune to his line
2:30 p.m – “Hit The Deck” (1955) – Sailors on leave in San Francisco get mixed up in love and show business
4:30 p.m. – “I Love Melvin” (1953) – A photographer’s assistant promises to turn a chorus girl into a cover girl
6:00 p.m. – “Singin’ In The Rain” (1952) – A silent-screen swashbuckler finds love while trying to adjust to the coming of sound
8:00 p.m. – “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” (1964) – A musical biography of the backwoods girl who struck it rich in Colorado and survived the Titanic
10:30 p.m. – “The Mating Game” (1959) – A tax agent falls for a farm girl whose father he’s investigating
12:30 a.m. – “The Catered Affair” (1956) – A working-class mother fights to give her daughter a big wedding whether the girl wants it or not
2:15 a.m. – “The Singing Nun” (1965) – Fanciful biography of the Belgian nun who briefly made the hit parade
4:00 a.m. – “How Sweet It Is!” (1968) – A married couple’s working vacation in Paris turns into a battle to stay faithful