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Tom Hanks to host TV special to celebrate Joe Biden’s inauguration


Oscar-winning actor and Bay Area native (Yes, we still proudly claim him) Tom Hanks will host a TV special celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States, with performances by Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi and Ant Clemons.

Per Variety, which broke the news, the 90-minute primetime program will be titled  “Celebrating America” and will air Jan. 20 on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC. It will also be streamed live on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox and AT&T DirectTV and U-verse.

According to Variety, the special will highlight “the strength of U.S. democracy, the perseverance of the country’s citizens and the ability to come together during trying times and emerge stronger than ever before.” The program will also pay tribute to American heroes who are helping their fellow citizens through the coronavirus crisis, including frontline workers, health care workers, teachers, citizens giving back, and those who are breaking barriers.

President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are expected to deliver remarks during the special.

Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers 

“This inauguration presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the resilience and spirit of an America United,” said Tony Allen, CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “We have witnessed countless heroes this past year step up to the frontlines and serve their fellow Americans, so we are telling their stories, spreading their collective light, and celebrating the best of our country and its people with this prime-time program. Our first priority is safety — so while many of us will be watching safely from our homes, we are creating real moments of connection that highlight a new inclusive American era of leadership that works for and represents all Americans.”

It makes sense that the much-respected Hanks, who was born in Concord and is playfully referred to as “America’s Dad” in some circles, would be called upon to help comfort a nation at a time of crisis and division. Maybe he’ll slip into his Mr. Rogers cardigan and get us all to sing along to “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

The special also figures to give viewers at home a chance to enjoy some inauguration revelry, given the fact that many traditional festivities, such as inaugural balls, will not be held, due to coronavirus and security concerns.

It’s notable, too, that celebrities appear to be rallying to Biden’s cause. Four years ago, Donald Trump had trouble attracting an A-listers to his presidential celebration.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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