Stay Tuned column: Celebrities join forces to support frontline healthcare workers on ‘One World: Together at Home’
Lady Gaga curates a live broadcast, a highly anticipated sports docuseries fills in programming time on ESPN and a few specials mark Earth Day.
Dispatches: Weekly TV news
ESPN asked 100 of the network’s highest-paid commentators to take a temporary pay cut for three months, joining executives who did the same earlier this month. The cuts are meant to avoid more furloughs and protect the compensation of lower-paid employees.
Contenders: Shows to keep on your radar
“#BlackAF” drops on Netflix (April 17). From “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, who stars as a version of himself, the show features Rashida Jones as his wife.
Global Citizen and the World Health Organization bring the digital series “One World: Together at Home,” to broadcast TV for a one-night, commercial-free event of the same name (April 18, NBC, ABC, CBS, and other outlets, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). Curated by Lady Gaga and hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, it will feature a mix of taped and live segments from stars including Lady Gaga, Elton John, Billie Eilish, John Legend, Keith Urban, Lizzo, and many more. Funds raised will support the WHO and frontline healthcare workers during the pandemic.
With no live sports, ESPN has moved up the premiere of docuseries, “The Last Dance” (April 19, 9 p.m. ET). The 10-part show follows Michael Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls.
Documentary, “The Longest War,” (April 19, Showtime, 10 p.m. ET) explores the human stories behind America’s involvement in Afghanistan since 9/11. The film is from Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, Emmy-Award winning Executive Producers of “Homeland.”
AXS TV has chosen 14 episodes of popular series “Live From Daryl’s House” to rebroadcast, starting April 19 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Daryl Hall started the series in 2007 to showcase musicians in a relaxed atmosphere and the unique format quickly became a fan favorite. The episodes kick off with CeeLo Green and run weekly through August.
Marking the four-year anniversary of his death, CBS celebrates seven-time Grammy winner Prince with “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince” (April 21, 9 p.m. ET). Filmed in January, the tribute concert is hosted by comedian Maya Rudolph.
On Earth Day, PBS premieres new documentary “Climate Change: The Facts” (April 22, 8 p.m. ET). Hosted by Sir David Attenborough, the film explores the consequences of rising temperatures on ice sheets, ecosystems, communities and extreme weather events, and looks at possible solutions to the crisis.
Also on Earth Day is “Jane Goodall: The Hope” (April 22, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, 9 p.m. ET). The two-hour special follows the respected scientist turned passionate activist as she travels around the world spreading an inspiring message of animal welfare and conservation. It features photographs and footage that cover more than seven decades of her career.
Report Card: Ratings winners and losers
Winners: Fox renewed “9-1-1” and “9-1-1 Lone Star.”
Losers: NBC’s “Good Girls” recently dropped to match series lows.
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter at @mcstaytuned.