Royal Watch: Today’s (and tomorrow’s) royal wedding programming (4/28-29)

By Lori Acken

It’s almost here! Today and tomorrow networks really go into overdrive with coverage related to the royal wedding, and coverage of the event itself.


The Making of a Royal Wedding — TLC, 8pm ET
What does it take to pull off a once-in-a-lifetime event? Join TLC as we see some of the amazing choreography of logistics and details from security to dresses to meals as Britain prepares to host the wedding of the century.

Countdown to the Royal Wedding — TLC, 9pm ET
Royal experts and TLC’s Clinton Kelly and Randy Fenoli host a two-hour round table from the U.K. and beyond, bringing viewers up to speed on everything they need to know for the big day.

Inside the Royal Wedding — E!, 10 pm ET
E! rebroadcasts NBC’s Inside the Royal Wedding special from last night.

Watch What Happens: Live — Bravo, 11pm ET
Andy Cohen hosts a special Watch What Happens Live with guests Countess LuAnn de Lesseps from The Real Housewives of New York City and Cat Ommanney of The Real Housewives of D.C.


Royal Wedding Coverage — MSNBC, 3am ET
Martin Bashir and Chris Jansing will begin MSNBC’s live coverage, joined by Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist at 5am ET.

Royal Wedding Coverage — E!, 4am-9am ET/1am-6am PT
E! News presents five hours of live coverage of the royal wedding with Giuliana Rancic reporting on-site from London.

A special wedding day edition of Today begins at 4am ET across all time zones, with Matt, Meredith, Brian, Al, Ann and Natalie reporting. The program will include live coverage of ongoing wedding celebrations in London, originating from Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey until 10am ET.

Royal Wedding Coverage — TLC, 5am ET
Live coverage of the wedding begins at 5am ET, with a rebroadcast of the wedding from 9am-1pm ET. Encores of the wedding will also air from 8-10pm today, and from 8-10pm tomorrow, April 30. The April 30 encore will feature bonus content, including reactions from wedding guests.

E! News Special: Will and Kate: Road to the Altar — E!, 9pm ET
All-new original one-hour special.

Dateline — NBC, 9pm ET
In honor of William and Kate’s nuptials, Ann Curry hosts a two-hour “instant documentary” on the wedding.

Will + Kate Forever — WE tv, 9pm ET
Not much of a morning person? This irreverent special features highlights of the ceremony and plenty of dish on everything from the fashion to the guests to the celebrations.

Fashion Police —E!, 10pm ET
Joan Rivers hosts a special hourlong wedding-themed episode featuring Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos.

After you’ve had your fill of live wedding coverage, turn to Turner Classic Movies for five classic films celebrating royal romance:

Royal Wedding — 8pm ET
In this 1951 favorite, Fred Astaire and Jane Powell find love in London just as Queen Elizabeth II prepares to walk down the aisle.

Roman Holiday — 10pm ET
Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for her 1953 performance as a sprightly princess opposite Gregory Peck.

The Glass Slipper — 12:15am ET (April 30)
Leslie Caron stars in this lush 1955 adaptation of the Cinderella story costarring Michael Wilding and featuring the music of Bronislau Kaper.

The Swan — 2am ET (April 30)
Grace Kelly became a real princess the same year she starred in this 1956 comedy with Louis Jourdan and Alec Guinness.

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg — 4am ET (April 30)
Ramon Novarro stars in the title role in 1927’s silent Ernst Lubitsch classic costarring Norma Shearer.


Credit: TLC