Cable Nets Pay Respects to Reagan


Cable networks are announcing special programming commemorating the death of former President Ronald Reagan, who died Saturday at age 93 from Alzheimer’s disease.

• C-SPAN said it will air live, commentary-free coverage of this week’s events in both California and Washington, D.C.

The public-affairs network’s coverage will include Reagan lying in state in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Monday and Tuesday; the Reagan family’s journey to Washington and the formal funeral procession to the U.S. Capitol Wednesday; the daylong lying in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Thursday; and Friday’s return to the Reagan Library for the private interment service.

• Cable News Network will also provide extensive live coverage throughout the week of the public viewing in Simi Valley, to Reagan’s body lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda, to his funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington Friday.

The network’s “Remembering Ronald Reagan” coverage will also include interviews within regularly scheduled CNN shows. Among those who will appear are Former President Gerald Ford, former first lady Betty Ford, former President George H.W. Bush, former first lady Barbara Bush, national security advisor Condoleezza Rice, Rep. Chris Cox (R-Calif.), Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) former vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp, Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.), Eric Peterson (editor of Thomas Jefferson Light and Liberty), historian Robert Dallek, Republican strategist Ed Rollins, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), former Secret Service officer Tim McCarthy (who took a bullet meant for Reagan during the 1981 assassination attempt), Rudolph Hines (a boy who was a regular pen pal of Reagan's), CBS News anchor Dan Rather and the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward.

• The History Channel has set a three-hour primetime tribute, Ronald Reagan: The Man They Knew, for Thursday at 8 p.m. (EST/PST).

Also, Sunday morning (June 13), the network will air a special expanded edition of public-affairs program Hard Target featuring former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and historian Steve Gillon.

• TCM, meanwhile, will present a 24-hour, 15-film Reagan festival beginning Thursday at 8 a.m. (EST).

Films to be aired by TCM are Love Is on the Air (1937, Reagan’s first starring role), Accidents Will Happen (1938), Angels Wash Their Faces (1939), Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940) Santa Fe Trail (1940), One for the Book (1947), Night Unto Night (1949), Prisoner of War (1954), Kings Row (1942), Desperate Journey (1942), The Last Outpost (1951), John Loves Mary (1949), An Angel from Texas (1940), Sergeant Murphy (1938) and Hell's Kitchen (1939).