Whitney Houston Tributes Take Over TV

Feb 13, 2012 12:43pm
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Television networks have wasted no time in pulling together tributes for Whitney Houston, who died on Saturday at the age of 48. There’s definitely an appetite for it: Ratings for Sunday night’s Houston-heavy Grammys surged to 39 million viewers, the show’s largest audience since 1984 and its second biggest audience ever. Below, a rundown of what’s happening when:

  • Since news of Houston’s death broke Saturday night, MTV’s music channels — MTV Hits and MTV Jams — have been playing her music videos non-stop, along with news reports, reactions and Twitter comments from fans.
  • Monday, February 13: VH1 will air a news special, “Whitney Houston: Death of a Diva,” covering the latest details surrounding Houston’s death. 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Following that, the first night of VH1′s ”100 Greatest Women In Music” five-night countdown will also “acknowledge the tremendous loss and salute Houston’s legacy and wide-ranging influence,” the network said in a press release. 10 p.m. ET/PT.
  • Lifetime will air one of Houston’s most popular films,”The Bodyguard,” co-starring Kevin Costner. 8 p.m. ET/PT.
  • Tuesday, February 14: “Glee’s” Valentine’s Day episode planned an homage to Houston even before her death. Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes on Fox’s musical comedy, taped a performance of “I Will Always Love You” weeks ago. E! reports that the entire episode may now be overhauled to feature more of Houston’s music. 8 p.m. ET/PT.
  • Wednesday, February 15: It’s not clear how “American Idol” will pay tribute to Houston, but host Ryan Seacrest insists Fox’s reality singing competition will do something. “I was on the phone with ‘American Idol’ producers,” he said during E!’s live coverage of Sunday’s Grammy Awards. ”We are trying to figure out how we can go in and obviously pay tribute [to Houston] in some way and acknowledge the impact that she had on popular singers, popular music and young singers that are trying to make it. So we’ll see.” “Idol” was slated to feature the competition’s Hollywood auditions on Feb. 15 and 16. 8 p.m. ET/PT.
  • Thursday, February 16: Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable channel will present a two hour special “Remembering Whitney: The Oprah Interview,” featuring Houston’s last in-depth TV sit down from a September 2009 edition of “Oprah.” In that interview, she detailed her drug use, abusive relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown, and her reasons for taking a break from the music industry. 9 p.m. ET/PT.
  • VH1 will debut ”VH1 News Presents Whitney Houston’s Greatest Moments,” a new special celebrating Houston’s legacy. It will showcase performances throughout her career. 11 p.m. ET/PT.
  • You can also take your Houston tribute on the road. SiriusXM launched a Whitney Houston Tribute Channel (channel 48) that will air through midnight ET today, featuring Houston’s music and audio from her iconic interviews.

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