Oscars Coverage Includes ‘GMA’ Crew And 3.5 Hours of Don Lemon

By Brian Flood 

Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 87th Academy Awards tomorrow night on ABC. Hollywood royalty will obviously be well represented, but even TV newsers are getting in on the action.

“Big stars, fashion and Hollywood…what’s not to like. I can’t wait,” CNN’s Don Lemon told TVNewser.

“Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From The Red Carpet” airs at 7pmET on ABC, hosted by Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer and Michael Strahan. The 90-minute special will feature nominees, presenters and performers in addition to behind-the-scenes look at the festivities.


ABC’s “Good Morning America” will have all five anchors live from Los Angeles on Monday to recap the night. Yahoo! fashion editor Joe Zee will be joining them to discuss the red carpet fashion. “GMA” even made a classic spoof of the Oscar-nominated films, featuring Spencer taking on “Whiplash,” Amy Robach getting “Wild” and Ginger Zee becoming “Birdman.”

Meanwhile, CNN is going all out, with Lemon and Michaela Periera co-hosting the network’s 90-minute pre-Oscars red carpet special Sunday. Among the guests: Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles, HLN anchor Rocsi Diaz, entertainment reporter Katrina Szish and actress Lisa Rinna, and, of course, the nominees and other Hollywood A-listers. The special starts at 6pmET.

Then at MidnightET, Lemon will host the 2-hour special “And the Winner Is…” from inside Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel. Two years ago, former host Piers Morgan hosted CNN’s red carpet special.

Over on Fox news Channel, entertainment correspondent Michael Tammero will be working the red carpet. On Monday, “CBS This Morning” will have Nancy O’Dell from “Entertainment Tonight” breaking down the highlights of the event and Cindi Leive of Glamour will be disusing the fashion.