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FRIDAY: Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Scheduled For Six and A Half Hours: How To Watch On TV and Online

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The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who passed away two weeks ago from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, will be laid to rest tomorrow.  The funeral services will be a star-studded ceremony, and a religious one.

Aretha’s funeral will be made available via live-stream and on TV. Here is what we know: portions of the ceremony will also be shared on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, while BET will air the funeral in its entirety.

PEOPLE,com and PEOPLE’s facebook page will have the live-stream while the WORD Network, a religious platform will be streaming it on their website.  The funeral will also be broadcast in full by the Associated Press.

The funeral will take place at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan.  Attending the service will be family and friends of Aretha’s.

The six-hour event will begin at 8:30am/EST and go till 3PM.  It will start with a viewing. where many of Grammy Award-winning legends recordings will be played.

Performing will be: Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Ron Isley, and Arianna Grande, as well as Jennifer Hudson who will sing “Amazing Grace”.  Hudson is also playing Franklin in the upcoming movie based on Franklin’s memoir, Aretha: From These Roots.

Gospel artists such as Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and The Aretha Franklin Choir will be on hand to perform as well.

Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Cicely Tyson, General Eric Holder and Clive Davis are set to speak at the service.

Unfortunately, Barack Obama was set to speak, but he and Michelle Obama will now not be attending.  However, a letter written by the former president will be read at the service.  Obama is now set to deliver one of the eulogies for the late Senator. John McCain, on Saturday morning at the National Cathedral in Washington.

So, what do you think of the line-up for Aretha’s funeral?  Will you be watching the live-stream as we pay our respects and tribute to the one and only Aretha, who was one of The Young and the Restless‘ all-time biggest fans?  Comment below.

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”So, what do you think of the line-up for Aretha’s funeral?”

Of the 14 mentioned in the line-up- I know of only 3 .
Stevie Wonder, Bill Clinton, Eric Holder.

I have sent up a prayer and paid my respects to the The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
A great woman a great loss.
No, I will not tune into watch a depressing funeral eeessshhh..

Timmm
Timmm

I know suOOO, we just went through
Jonah’s” funeral! When is Amys!

Timmm
Timmm

Wow, this lady is getting the same send off as Hillary from Y&R! Not a fan. To me, she shouted everything! I hope Tone Loc gets the same love!

Shay
Shay

Only six hours??? That still pales in comparison to the week-long, wall-to-wall, multi-city funeral vigil concocted by the ever-egomaniacal McCain!

su000
su000

No, not 6 hours..
It was 10 hours..
on Twitter, people joked that Franklin wouldn’t be going home until Labor Day.

Shay
Shay

Well, su, at least in the battle of the “Dueling Diva” send-offs, Aretha’s was a private matter, financially-speaking…However, the taxpayers are stuck footing the obscenely-expensive bill for McVain’s huge ego-trip from the grave, which is more elaborate than the funerals of the last three deceased ex-presidents combined (Nixon, Reagan and Ford….) And it only took longer to bury Abraham Lincoln! (Three weeks….) Even JFK’s services were more expedient than this week-long funereal extravanganza, which just goes to show how out-of-proportion it all is!

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su; I didn’t watch Aretha’s funeral but I will try to see parts of it if it’s rebroadcast. She was a legend; a deserved one. Her voice, her music, her impact on the time. Truly remarkable force in music.

Smokey Robinson of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles was one of the most influential groups in pop and R&B music history. Google him/them if interested. Clive Davis is a record producer who signed some of the biggest music legends of all time: Janice Joplin (PLEASE tell me you heard of her; huge rock legend and yes, before your time but if you like rock at all she’s in a class of her own), Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Alicia Keyes, Christina Aguilera, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, founded a company with P. Didy, Babyface…the list goes on and on. And, of course, Aretha.

As for McCain’s funeral, watched quite a bit of it on Saturday and it was spectacular. The music (very moving, especially “Danny Boy” which you might not know either), the tributes, the historical precedence of having both former presidents Bush and Obama give speeches (two men he ran against and lost to and yet he reached across the divide and had respect for; an ability to work with). There were “daggers” thrown at Trump though his name wasn’t mentioned which, again, was historical in that instead of just a “sad” event/funeral, John McCain, (who planned his own service and requested Presidents Bush and Obama) trusted these men, the others who spoke as well as his daughter, to speak not only about him but send a message at the same time… this man reached out while he was still here to give his parting words/wisdom (when he was no longer here to do so) to a country divided.

It was truly amazing to watch and see people from different races, religions and political parties come together. One can only hope that Senator McCain’s attempt at humanity for all spoke to the people who seem to have either forgotten it or never had it.

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As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

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Check In To GRAND HOTEL! Premiere Date Announced Featuring Bryan Craig, Richard Burgi, Denyse Tontz & Eva Longoria

2019 is bringing it with some major soapy dramas.  And this one has been much talked about, and looking quite alluring.  It features some former soap opera notables in key roles.

We’re talking about ABC’s Grand Hotel which has finally announced its premiere date, but fans will have to wait till the summer for its debut.  Circle Monday night, June 17th.  Grand Hotel will air immediately following  episodes of the new season of The Bachelorette.

General Hospital Daytime Emmy-winner, Bryan Craig (Ex-Morgan Corintjos) take on the role of  playboy Javi, his sister Paloma is played by former All My Children reboot actress, Denyse Tontz (Ex-Miranda Montgomery).  In addition, soap vet Richard Burgi (last seen as Paul Hornsby on GH) takes on the role of Michael Finn, a charming businessman who spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e for the Mendoza family, and series EP, Eva Longoria (Ex-Isabella, Y&R) also guest stars as Beatriz a former owner of the hotel.

The series loglines from ABC reveal: “Grand Hotel is a bold provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza (Demian Bichir) owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi (Roselyn Sanchez), and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior.”

In case you missed it, check out the first look trailer for the series first posted in May for the ABC upfronts.   Then let us know, are you excited to see Bryan in his new primetime series?  Do you think this premise has all the making of some juicy primetime soap viewing? Comment below.

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WATCH THE REPLAY: GH Facebook Live With Maurice Benard & Laura Wright

If you missed Wednesday’s GH Facebook Live event featuring Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Laura Wright (Carly) you can watch the replay below.

During the 35-minute broadcast, Michael Fairman chatted with the Daytime Emmy-winning duo about the latest storylines involving Sonny and Carly including: the Alzheimer’s storyline centering around Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail), what will happen with Margaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson) and Sonny’s relationship, and if Carly will figure out that Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) is stashed away at Ferncliff, and that his twin brother Ryan is masquerading as him while murdering people in Port Charles.

In addition, Maurice and Laura talk about memorable scenes and moments throughout their time on the ABC daytime drama series, and episodes that are included in the “Sonny and Carly Collection” streaming now at ABC.com and on the ABC app.  Laura did talk about taking over the pivotal role following in the shoes of fan favorites, Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun.

Maurice and Laura also talked about their upcoming projects.  Laura’s premieres tomorrow night on Lifetime when she is seen in Stalked by My Patient, while Maurice will soon be seen in Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter. 

Check it out below and let us know what was your favorite part of the Facebook live, and what you think will happen in the key storylines involving Sonny and Carly as we move into 2019 via the comment section.

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