By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
3:11 PM CST, December 6, 2013
TV networks will reflect on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in various new or rebroadcast specials. Here's an incomplete list of TV tributes to the former South African president who passed away Thursday at age 95. (All times are Central; most descriptions are from the networks.)
Miracle Rising: South Africa
4 p.m. Dec. 6 and 4 p.m. Dec. 8, H2 (currently streaming at history.com/mandela)
"Miracle Rising: South Africa" tells the remarkable story of South Africa's political transformation that culminated in the first free and fair elections in April 1994. Narrated through personal and intimate accounts from world leaders, politicians, celebrities and journalists, this thought-provoking documentary reflects on South Africa's very own ‘Miracle'—the inspiring story of a journey from apartheid to democracy.
106 & Park
5 p.m. Dec. 6, BET
BET will extend Friday's "106 & Park" for extra Mandela coverage, including an hour-long news special, "Mandela: Freedom's Father."
The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela
7 p.m. Dec. 6, WTTW
"Frontline" profiles the most widely known and revered political leader in the world—Nelson Mandela. Credited with the reversal of apartheid in a South Africa controlled by two generations of stern Afrikaner leaders who enforced the ideology of racial separation, Mandela stands as an all-embracing giant who brought about his nation's extraordinary peaceful transformation to democracy. In this in-depth film biography of Mandela, the broadcast tells the story of his life through interviews with intimates from his most trusted associates to his jailers on Robben Island, the prison where he was held for 27 years. The two-hour film offers an insiders account of his extraordinary will to lead and of the great risk and personal sacrifice he endured to achieve democracy and equality for the people of his nation.
Anderson Cooper 360
7 p.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 6, CNN
Anderson Cooper hosts a special report on Mandela's life and death that includes a one-hour documentary, "Nelson Remembered," at 8 p.m.
Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed The World
9 p.m. Dec. 6, ABC
David Muir and Robin Roberts anchor this special edition of "20/20" celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela. The hour will feature Alex Marquardt reporting from South Africa, details of Mandela's passing, world-wide reaction, plans for his funeral, and images of the day, as well as chronicle the long and eventful polarizing political and personal life of one of the 20th century's greatest figures.
Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation
8 p.m. Dec. 7, CBS
Scott Pelley will anchor the special "48 Hours Presents" featuring original reporting from CBS News journalists who have covered Mandela's life firsthand and using a quarter-century of rich CBS News footage of his fight for freedom and the human toll it took on a nation. In the hour, CBS News' Bob Simon will look at Mandela's life from prisoner to president. Martha Teichner reports on what it was like to be in South Africa in 1990 when Mandela was released from prison and the impact on the country. Finally, CBS News Cultural Correspondent Wynton Marsalis and South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela will explore the role of music as an instrument for social change. "Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation" includes interviews with former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, Archbishop and civil rights activist Desmond Tutu and Mandela autobiographer Richard Stengel.
The Oprah Interview: Nelson Mandela
7 p.m. Dec. 8, OWN
OWN will air Oprah Winfrey’s historic 2000 interview with Nelson Mandela in which they discussed his family, his fight against oppression, his 27 years of imprisonment and how he forgave his jailers and liberated a nation to freedom.
The Making of Mandela
11 p.m. Dec. 8, Discovery Channel
This new documentary celebrates the remarkable life of the legendary South African leader Nelson Mandela, a symbol of hope and peace not only to his own country but to the world. Narrated by actor David Harewood ("Homeland"), "The Making of Mandela" provides a true representation of Mandela's personal story and the crucial key decisions he made throughout his incredible journey to freedom. The film is also supplemented by Mandela's own recordings for his book "A Long Walk to Freedom," in which Mandela's legacy is told through intimate and revealing interviews with those who knew Mandela best.
Discovery will feature a special bio covering his life and legacy, and memorable moments via video clips from "The Making of Mandela" at its web site.
Lives that Changed the World: Nelson Mandela
8 p.m. Dec. 10, Smithsonian Channel (also noon Dec. 11, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 9 a.m. Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 8 a.m. Dec. 15)
Nelson Mandela's message and presence inspired millions of individuals to do the right thing. This one-hour program visits South Africa and meets with nine amazing people who are the living expression of Nelson Mandela's vision of social justice. A racist prison guard transformed, Mandela's daughter Zindzi who was inspired to continue her father's work, and a political enemy who, through Mandela's determination, became his most ardent supporter. These are just a few of the lives that Mandela changed forever.
Nelson Mandela Remembered
2 p.m. Dec. 14, Al Jazeera America
Hosted by Al Jazeera America anchor Tony Harris, this hour-long special will look at Mandela's life and legacy.
1 a.m. Dec. 15, Al Jazeera America
Live coverage of Mandela's funeral anchored by Thomas Drayton and Richelle Carey.
Music for Mandela
5 p.m. Dec. 15, TV One
"Music for Mandela" explores the role music played in the life of if the iconic leader. Through the duration of his prison term to the present day celebrations of his legacy, the music born out of Mandela's inspiring journey is discussed by his closest friends, former exiled musicians, current international artists and community volunteers. Combining striking visuals with songs stemming from a wide range of musical genres, the documentary is not only a tribute to the man himself, but also to the ultimate power of music to motivate and educate.
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