This Friday, Aug. 15, ReelzChannel will pay tribute to Robin Williams — the legendary actor and comedian who died of an apparent suicide on Monday — with two specials looking back at his life and work.
Robin Williams Remembered— Aug. 15 at 8pm ET. This half-hour special celebrates the life and legacy of Robin Williams, including a look back at his standup comedy career and his work with Comic Relief and other charities throughout the years.
Robin Williams ScreenLife — Aug. 15 at 8:30pm ET. A look back at Robin Williams’ onscreen career, from his early work as the alien Mork on the TV series Mork & Mindy to his Oscar-nominated performance in Good Morning, Vietnam and his Oscar-winning performance in Good Will Hunting. The special will include interviews with Reelz movie and entertainment expert Leonard Maltin, entertainment reporter Sam Rubin and more.
Maltin and Rubin were also quoted in a ReelzChannel release about the special. “Everyone seems to feel the same way this week: shock and sadness at Robin Williams’ untimely death, and a feeling of loss—because he was so well loved,” said Maltin. “What a gifted man he was. I feel lucky to have talked with him a number of times and it was always a treat. He never let an audience, or an interviewer down.”
“I felt really privileged to be an ‘audience of one’ during some of the most exceptional performances of Robin Williams’ career, when he was giving interviews promoting his movies,” said Rubin. “I first spoke to Williams in 1992 and have interviewed him at least a dozen times. A movie press junket can often be drudgery, answering the same questions, telling the same stories….but Robin never took the lazy route. He was always totally original and totally outrageous and the results are right on the screen.”
Airings for ReelzChannel’s Robin Williams tribute specials:
Robin Williams Remembered — Aug. 15 at 8pm; Aug. 16 at 12am (late-night Aug. 15); Aug. 16 at 3pm; Aug. 17 at 2am & 12pm.
Robin Williams ScreenLife — Aug. 15 at 8:30pm; Aug. 16 at 12:30am (late-night Aug. 15); Aug. 16 at 3:30pm; Aug. 17 at 2:30am & 12:30pm.