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How the Networks are Covering the Royal Wedding

With the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle expected to draw all eyes to Windsor Castle on May 19, networks are joining on the celebration with a number of specials.

Featuring friends and family of the couple, royal experts and behind-the-scenes footage, the pieces will air the days leading up to the wedding.

Live Coverage of the Royal Wedding

Live Telecast of the Royal Wedding (May 19, BBC America) BBC America will air the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as a live and direct simulcast of BBC One’s coverage, showing the wedding program and the Carriage Procession, with live coverage before and after. The live broadcast will begin Saturday morning and an encore presentation of the wedding will air later in the day.

The Royal Wedding on CBS (May 19 at 4 a.m. ET, CBS) “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King and “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Kevin Frazier will anchor CBS News’ live, multiplatform coverage of the royal wedding from London. The two will be joined by CBS News royal contributor Tina Brown for the broadcast, which will also be streamed on CBS’ social media platforms. That night at 8 p.m., CBS will air “Royal Romance: The Marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,” a two-hour special that will recap the day’s events.

Good Morning America Special Edition (May 19 at 5 a.m. ET, ABC) The morning show will feature a special five-hour edition on the day of the royal wedding, with “GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts and “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir leading live coverage from Windsor, England. The two will be joined by a panel of royal experts and reporters to cover the arrivals, ceremony, carriage ride and other festivities, which will also be aired on Freeform, online and on social media. Muir will also have expanded coverage with “20/20” primetime specials on the royal wedding airing May 18 and 19.

TLC’s Royal Wedding Live (May 19 at 5 a.m. EST/ 2 a.m. PST, TLC)  TLC will be airing a live four-hour feed of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give fans a front row seat to the royal event on their second day of special programming highlighting the nuptials.

BritBox Royal Wedding Coverage (May 19, BritBox) BritBox, a streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV, will air wedding day coverage live from Windsor with guest appearances from friends and family of the future royal couple. In anticipation for the wedding, BritBox will also air two specials: “Meghan & Harry: A Revolutionary Romance,” narrated by “Downton Abbey’s” Dame Penelope Wilton, and “WEDTalks: The BritBox Wedding Watchers Guide,” a daily countdown to the wedding.

The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish! (May 19 at 7:30 a.m. ET, HBO) Produced by Funny or Die, comedic duo Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon, as their alter egos Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan, will cover the Royal Wedding live for HBO. A prime-time replay is also running later in the evening at 9:45 p.m. ET. Cord and Tish will have special guests that will join them as they broadcast the wedding procession and festivities. Ferrell and Andrew Steele will serve as executive producers and writers of “The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish!” Showrunner Bellamie Blackstone and Funny or Die’s Mike Farah are also executive producers.

Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding (May 19 at 10 a.m., theaters across the country) In a partnership with BritBox, Fathom Events is bringing the royal wedding to the big screen, streaming the festivities in 200 movie theaters across the U.S. The showings, which mark the first time a royal wedding has been seen in cinemas, will be at 10 a.m. local time and will be presented commercial-free.

Hallmark Celebrates Royal Wedding with All Royal, All-Day Programming (May 19) The network will celebrate the upcoming nuptials by airing Meghan Markle’s 2016 Hallmark Channel Original Movie “Dater’s Handbook.” The new original film “Royally Ever After” will also premiere on May 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Other programs on the lineup of the channel’s romantic movies fit for a princess are “A Royal Winter,” “My Summer Prince,” “Ever After: A Cinderella Story,” “Royal Hearts,” “Once Upon a Prince,” and “Royal Matchmaker.”

TLC’s Royal Wedding Revealed (May 19 at 10 p.m., TLC) The one-hour special, hosted by Shaun Robinson, will feature TLC wedding and style experts Randy Fenoli, Lori Allen, Monte Durham, George Kotsiopoulos and Hayley Paige as they capture all the details from the ceremony including Meghan’s dress, the castle, the guests, and any last-minute bloopers. TLC’s wedding panelists will also discuss the life that Meghan is about to enter with Prince Harry.

YouTube Live Stream (May 19): Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be live streamed on the Royal Family’s YouTube Channel, which will include the wedding procession, marriage ceremony at Windsor Castle, and wedding day happenings along the way. Afterwards, the footage will be reshown for those in other time zones around the world.

Royal Wedding Specials:

Meghan Markle: American Princess (April 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, CBS) “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King will anchor CBS’s “Meghan Markle: American Princess,” which details Markle’s early life as an active grade school student to her time on “Suits” and her romance with Prince Harry. The special will feature interviews with Markle’s sorority sisters, high school teachers, and “Suits” castmates, including Wendell Pierce, who played her father on the show.

Meghan Markle: An American Princess (May 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Fox) Piers Morgan will host the special, which will examine Markle’s life before Harry, and how both her career as an actress and passion for activism could help shape her role as a member of the royal family. Special guests will include Markle’s half-sister Samantha, Harry’s biographer, Katie Nicholl, and Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s former butler.

A Royal Match: Harry and Meghan (May 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, CNN) The one-hour special, reported by Alisyn Camerota, dives into the lives of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and speaks with those who know the couple best including, General Lord Richard Dannatt, the former chief of the British Army and a mentor to Harry. She will interview Meghan’s mentors, including Christine Knudsen, Meghan’s high school teacher, Harvey Young, her college professor and Lara Dewar, who traveled with Meghan to India in her role as World Vision’s ambassador.  Former palace employees Paul Burrell, Patrick Jephson and Dickie Arbiter also share stories from Harry’s childhood and memories of his mother Princess Diana.

A Sunday Morning in London (May 13 at 9 a.m. ET/PT, CBS) Jane Pauley will anchor a special edition of CBS Sunday Morning from London, exploring the history, people, places and the culture of the region that will be the focus of the royal wedding. The broadcast will feature interviews with ’60s icon Twiggy and actress Rachel Weisz, and Pauley will visit Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance (May 13 at 8 p.m., Lifetime) For a more fictional take on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship, Lifetime is airing a TV movie based on the two ahead of the wedding. Parisa Fitz-Henley as stars as Meghan and Murray Fraser as Harry, with Kate Middleton (Laura Mitchell) and Prince William (Burgess Abernethy) also making appearances.

Million Dollar American Princesses: Meghan Markle (May 13 at 9 p.m., Smithsonian Channel) This special edition of the series will compare Markle’s story to other American “princesses,” from Consuelo Vanderbilt to Rita Hayworth and Grace Kelly, with footage from her childhood and journey to meet Prince Harry. It will also explore how the Royal Family and society have changed in terms of attitudes to class, race, style, acceptability and tolerance.

Royal Wedding Watch (May 14-17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, May 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, PBS) PBS will air a weeklong series of specials in anticipation for the royal wedding, hosted by Meredith Vieira and British TV presenter Matt Baker. The two will be joined by experts, commentators and specials guests who will dive into the the history and tradition of the nuptials, combined with the influence from the modern couple. PBS will also air a live broadcast of the wedding on May 19.

Xfinity’s Royal Wedding on Demand (May 15) For fans looking for an early start on the royal wedding, Xfinity X1 has curated a Royal Wedding destination on Demand for all things Meghan Markle, featuring episodes of USA’s “Suits” on which she co-starred and up-close profiles on the bride to be. The service will also include highlights of past royal weddings, British romantic movies and TV shows. Additionally, on May 19, all live coverage of the Royal Wedding will be highlighted on X1 and the Xfinity Stream app.

Harry & Meghan: A Very Modern Romance (May 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, BBC America)  As part of BBC’s week of coverage, this one-hour special investigates the social background behind the couple and the modern British royal family. It explores the lives of Meghan Markle, as an actress and women’s rights campaigner, and Prince Harry, looking into their shared interests and love story. 

Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan (May 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, NBC) Days ahead of the wedding, “Today” hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will take viewers to London to reveal exclusives on the royal romance and what to expect from the ceremony. The hour-long special will feature interviews with close friends of the couple, along with experts from the fashion, sports and entertainment worlds.

Prince Harry: Wild No More (May 18 at 8 p.m., TLC) The first of three documentaries from TLC, this one-hour special will chart the royal highs and lows in the life of the Prince Harry, who grew up to become a very modern prince charming. The ending question is, with Meghan Markle by his side, is Harry set to change the face of the royal family?

Meghan Markle: A Royal Love Story (WT) (May 18 at 9 p.m., TLC) TLC will premiere an hour-long special dedicated exclusively to Meghan Markle, including interviews from her friends, stylists, and royal experts. The documentary will also explore the rigorous training she must undergo to transform from actress to princess, the sacrifices she will make to enter this life of duty, and the modern takeover she is making on the monarchy.

Secrets of the Royal Wedding (May 18 at 10 p.m., TLC) The final TLC documentary will take a look at the whirlwind romance leading up to the highly anticipated wedding. The special will go behind-the-scenes to uncover the secrets of the royal wedding and reveal how Meghan and Harry will combine pomp and pageantry with plenty of personal style–even a little royal rebellion–to celebrate their very modern love story.

 

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