UPDATE with I Am The Greatest marathon: Television specials and special programming for the late Muhammad Ali are being put together quickly on both broadcast and cable networks, with ABC’s 20/20, CBS’s 48 Hours and Spike TV airing tributes to The Greatest on Saturday night and 60 Minutes re-airing its 1996 interview with Ali. We will update this post as more specials are announced, so keep checking back:
I Am The Greatest: The Adventures Of Muhammad Ali
El Rey Network, June 8 beginning at 10 PM ET
The network will pay tribute to with a marathon of all 13 half-hour episodes of the 1977 animated series which is making its cable premiere. The series aired on Saturday mornings on NBC in 1977 with voices provided by Ali and his real-life publicist Frank Bannister and featured the pair traveling the country fighting crime and solving mysteries both real and supernatural.
Muhammad Ali Dies: Boxing Legend & Cultural Icon Was 74
Bounce TV, 10 PM ET/9 PM CT
Bounce TV will air a special presentation of The Greatest, the 1977 motion picture in which Ali appeared as himself. The dramatization of Ali’s life starts with his winning the heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games and continues through his defeat of George Foreman at the legendary Rumble in the Jungle.
60 Minutes: The Greatest
CBS, 7 PM
60 Minutes revisits this classic 1996 segment on Muhammad Ali. Ed Bradley’s touching profile shows a former athlete still adored by fans, who won’t let Parkinson’s syndrome prevent him from helping others or affect his sharp wit. John Hamlin is the producer.
20/20: Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Of All Time
ABC, 8 PM
20/20 takes a look back at the incredible life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Will include the latest reactions from around the world and interviews with those who were closest to the legend. The special edition of the program airing tonight, anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir.
Spike TV, 9 PM ET/PT
Spike TV pays tribute to legendary sports icon Muhammad Ali with an encore telecast of the original documentary. With exclusive interviews and vintage footage from the champ’s unmatched career, Facing Ali recreates his most unforgettable rivalries and recounts his triumphs, tragedies and unstoppable spirit.
48 Hours: Muhammad Ali: Remembering A Legend
CBS, 9 PM ET
CBS News will present a live, hour-long special celebrating the life and legacy of the outspoken boxing champion. CBSN anchor Josh Elliott will anchor the special from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York, joined by a team of correspondents.
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