ABC is doing an interesting pairing of specials for Father’s Day. One which will probably appeal more to Moms. First at 8 p.m. there’s John Legend and Family: A Bigger Love Father’s Day. The special is planned to be a tribute to “fathers everywhere and will blend live musical performances with some much-needed levity and touching moments, and plenty of surprises.” One of those not-so-surprising surprises will be an appearance or two by Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, because really – she wouldn’t have it any other way.
In addition to John performing new material from his new album Bigger Love, he will join a group of other celebrity dads for a game of “Fatherly Feud”, Teigen will make sure viewers have the perfect gift for dad, in case they forgot and John and Chrissy’s kids, Luna and Miles, will pamper their father in ways that only kids under age 5 can, and much more.
Special guest appearances include Anthony Anderson, Ike Barinholtz, Common, Michael Ealy, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jim Gaffigan, Tony Gonzalez, Lil Rel Howery, Taran Killam, Ne-Yo, Shaquille O’Neal, Patton Oswalt, Scottie Pippen, Ahmad Rashad, Andy Roddick, Deion Sanders, Marlon Wayans, Stevie Wonder and Roy Wood Jr.
“Some of us may wonder if it’s okay to laugh right now,” said Legend. “But music and humor have always lifted our spirits during tough times. This special celebrates love and the connection to the ones you care about most. I hope it brings joy and laughter into everyone’s homes this Father’s Day.”
The second special will be decidely more serious and possibly eye-opening. The Room Where It Happened: ABC News Exclusive Interview with John Bolton airs at 9 p.m. Bolton as you recall, is the former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump from April 2018 to September 2019. He also held high-level positions in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. He also served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006. All of which will most liking be addressed, at least in part, in his 592-page memoir, The Room Where It Happened.
For one hour, Bolton will be interviewed by Martha Raddatz discussing his book which is said to take readers and viewers inside the decision-making process at the Trump White House. Bolton will provide a first-hand account of crucial moments including private meetings in the Oval Office, the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki and the president’s historic meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. For the first time publicly, Bolton will also present his account of the July 25, 2019, phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and discuss why he didn’t testify during the president’s impeachment trial. The book will be released on Tuesday, June 23 by Simon & Schuster.
Then, after these two specials, regular programming resumes with an episode of Match Game.
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