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TV Tributes to Joan Rivers Scheduled

Joan Rivers died on Thursday at age 81, and now several TV networks are planning specials about the legendary comedian. Below is a list of announced television specials:

NBC - Dateline ("Celebrating Joan Rivers")
Friday, September 5, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
In a special edition of NBC's Dateline, "Celebrating Joan Rivers" will look back at the extraordinary life and legacy of Joan Rivers, airing tonight at 9pm/8c. Friends and fellow comics will pay tribute to the legendary comedienne and television host, including Kathy Griffin, Dick Cavett, Donald Trump, Don Rickles, Gilbert Gottfried and Lily Tomlin.

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will co-anchor tonight's one-hour special broadcast. "Celebrating Joan Rivers" will also feature memorable moments and interviews throughout Rivers' groundbreaking career, as well as additional reporting on the day she entered Mount Sinai Hospital.

E! - E! News special ("Joan Rivers: Celebrating An Icon")
Friday, September 5, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Through her quick wit and no-holds-barred style, Joan Rivers revolutionized comedy, broke through barriers as no woman before or since, and sustained a successful career spanning more than five decades. Joan found humor in everything, fearlessly defended her right to make people laugh however she saw fit, and is adored by millions of fans throughout the world who mourn her passing. E! enjoyed a special relationship with the one-and-only Joan Rivers for the past 20 years, and will honor Joan's legacy.

Hosted by E! News' Jason Kennedy and Catt Sadler, who will be joined throughout the hour by George Kotsiopoulos, Ken Baker and other members of the E! on-air family who knew Joan well, the one-hour special will include highlights from Joan's unmatched career, a look back at her early days, and at the tremendous outpouring of love and support from"Joan's Rangers," her legion of fans. From her breakout performance on The Tonight Show and her own late night show, to her Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show and E!'s own Fashion Police, Joan Rivers' star shined brightly in everything she did.

Joan once said, "Life is very tough, and if you can make something easier and funny ... do it."

ABC - 20/20 ("Joan Rivers: Living for the Laugh")
Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
The special, anchored by David Muir, will feature reporting from Barbara Walters, John Quinones, and Chris Connelly.

"There was every reason to hope that this would be a different outcome because Joan was so vibrant because Joan’s mind was so sharp," Deborah Norville told ABC News in an interview that will air on the special edition of 20/20. "This was an 81-year-old woman who was running circles around people a third her age."

TV Land - Hot in Cleveland, How'd You Get So Rich?, 20/20 encore
Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 6-11:30 p.m. ET/PT
TV Land will celebrate the iconic comedienne Joan Rivers' career this weekend with a special programming block on Sunday, September 7th from 6:00 to 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. The block will begin with Rivers' memorable guest appearance on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland, where she played Anka, the sister to Betty White's Elka (an encore of the episode will air at 11 p.m.). Immediately following from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. will be her original TV Land series How'd You Get So Rich? which saw the notoriously uncensored comedienne interviewing inventors and innovators - in the hilarious way that only she could - to discover how they became wealthy. Watch some funny highlights from the series here. In the final episode, Joan shares her own rags to riches story and gives a tour of her stunning Connecticut estate. Rounding out the salute to Joan Rivers will be an airing of ABC's 20/20 "Joan Rivers: Living for the Laughs" tribute special at 10 p.m., exploring the story of one of the most iconic comedic voices of our time. Expect to see clips of the legendary personality in action in addition to thoughts and memories shared by those who knew and loved her.

Fox News - Geraldo Rivera Reports: Joan Rivers
Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Rivera will interview various guests close to Rivers and show clips from her comedy career.

Bravo - Watch What Happens Live encore
Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT
Bravo Media's Watch What Happens Live, hosted by Andy Cohen, honors the life and career of renowned comedian Joan Rivers with a special broadcast of her most recent episode on the late-night series on Sunday, September 7 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. With numerous appearances on Watch What Happens Live, Rivers last appeared with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on July 29, 2014 to promote her new book "Diary of a Mad Dive" and E! series "Fashion Police."

Cohen reflects, simply, "Every single time Joan walked into the clubhouse, I got goosebumps."

* Joan Rivers Dead at 81
* Joan Rivers: Revisiting Her Soap Opera Past]


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