Following Thursday’s shocking news of Prince’s sudden death, the world continues to honor the musician and will do so throughout the weekend when the icon’s life is celebrated on various television specials.
“Dateline NBC” will hour an hourlong tribute special for Prince on Friday Apr. 22 at 10 p.m. titled “Prince: Life & Death of an Icon.” Celebrating his life and legacy, the special will review Prince’s last days, while also taking a look at other music legends who have recently died. Lester Holt will anchor “Prince: Life & Death of an Icon” from Los Angeles with feature reporting from Dateline correspondents Harry Smith, Andrea Canning, Cynthia McFadden, Josh Mankiewicz and Natalie Morales.
(With Prince taking priority over previously planned programming, “Dateline’s” original Friday night episode, “House of Secrets” about a Cornell student caught in the middle of a homicide investigation, will air at a later date. Sunday night’s episode, “The Unusual Suspect,” will air as planned on April 24 at 10 p.m.)
“20/20 — Prince: Death of a Legend,” ABC
ABC’s “20/20” will air an hourlong special Friday, Apr. 22 at 10 p.m., anchored by Elizabeth Vargas. “Prince: Death of a Legend” will report on the incredible life and untimely death of the music legend. Along with Vargas, the program will feature reporting from Dan Harris from Prince’s home in Minneapolis; Chris Connelly in Los Angeles; and Deborah Roberts in New York.
“Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne,” MTV2
Friday night’s episode of MTV2’s “Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne” will feature Charlamagne taking a moment to remember Prince, recalling the first time they met and his belief that Prince could levitate. The episode airs at 11 p.m. ET. Watch a clip here.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Previously announced, OWN will also remember Prince this weekend with a special re-airing of an interview the singer had on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1996. That will air Saturday at 8 p.m.
“Saturday Night Live,” NBC
This weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” will be a special clip show highlighting the memorable performances from Prince over the years, appearing on “SNL.” The 11:30 p.m. program is titled “SNL Goodnight Sweet Prince.”
“New Girl,” Fox
Prince guest starred on “New Girl” back in 2014, and this upcoming Tuesday, Fox will air his episode at 9:30 p.m.
“New Girl” will also air two original episodes at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. that same night with a new episode of “Grandfathered” airing at 8:30 p.m. Prince’s episode of “New Girl” takes place of “The Grinder” encore, which was previously set to air in that time slot.
Prince All Day and All Night
Last night, TV was full of fond Prince memories, as late-night hosts celebrated the icon. Stephen Colbert spoke about him, before unveiling a special purple logo, in honor to the trailblazer’s signature color. “I have been a fan since I was in high school,” Colbert said on the “Late Show” on CBS. “I remember a guy in my choir, Skipper Graham, brought in the very first Prince album into our choir room, and there was so many things to love about it. Obviously the music was so powerful, and also we had to wear the headphones so the adults could not hear the lyrics to any of the songs.”
Immediately after Prince’s death was confirmed on Thursday, TV networks took quick action to alter their programming with MTV, MTV2 and VH1 airing a block of his most iconic music videos throughout the day, and Brian Williams hosting a live hour devoted to Prince on MSNBC last night.
Currently, BET is running a music video marathon for up to 48 hours across its four channels — BET, BET Soul, BET Jams and Centric.