Will NBC succeed with an American version of Red Nose Day?

22 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Should you watch or skip ‘Red-Nose Day’?.

Red Nose Day, the annual telethon fundraiser for British charity Comic Relief, is coming to US network TV. “Red-Nose Day” 8 tonight, NBC History tells us that when a special appears claiming to be “a star-studded spectacular,” viewers should run rapidly in the opposite direction.

Of course, we tend to feel guilty for our reluctance when the special is raising money for a good cause, such as the Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon or this event, imported from the United Kingdom, where it has raised more than $1 billion over 30 years for various children’s charities. Past guests have included Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, Ricky Gervais, Daniel Craig, Elton John, Johnny Depp, Rowan Atkinson, One Direction, and hundreds more. Wayward Pines (9 p.m., Fox) – In the second episode of this creepy new series, Ethan teams up with Beverly to look for clues about Bill Evans’ death. With increasing frequency, the broadcast networks are joining the summer stream, including NBC, which starts the summer off with this three-hour, American version of a popular British fundraiser. Will Ferrell, Jennifer Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Smith, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks and Anna Kendrick are among those slated to take part in the event, which was created by writer-director Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral) 30 years ago to benefit children in need.

Somebody’s Gotta Do It With Mike Rowe (9 p.m., CNN) – Mike works with the Navy Seabees to build a bridge, then tries medieval sword-fighting and immerses himself in Edgar Allan Poe history. Lost Girl (10 p.m., Syfy) – Bo and Tamsin investigate a homicide that could expose the Fae, and Dyson deals with a murder victim who won’t stay dead. Pre-Internet, these variety shows could be must-see events, but now watching a selection of music and comedy videos sounds like what most of us do at our desks when we’re supposed to be working. “Battle Creek” 10 p.m. Viewers have already gotten previews of some of these, like “Pitch Perfect 2” actress Anna Kendrick portraying hero Indiana Jones (played by actor Harrison Ford in four previous films) and Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones” singing about the large amount of characters who have met their end on the HBO program. According to The Independent, event host Claudia Winkelman said this past March that the newest telethon was the most successful night in the charity’s history with more than £78 million (about $122 million) raised.

This show about spoiled 20-somethings doing nothing other than being rich is not as horrible as you might think, thanks to unexpectedly charming and funny star Morgan Stewart. And Forbes writer David Hessekiel says that at this point things are going well in America. “The biggest challenge so far has been that consumer purchases of red noses… have far exceeded what Walgreens, [the store where you can buy the noses], anticipated,” Hessekiel wrote.

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