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RED NOSE DAY
May 23, 2019  | By David Bianculli

NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

SPECIAL: There are different Red Nose Day efforts and events. There’s the original, which was started in the U.K. by Comic Relief there, aimed at raising money and awareness for children suffering from hunger and poverty. The U.S. followed suit in 2015, and the whole “red nose” idea is to keep things as light and funny as possible while tackling a very somber issue. On NBC tonight, there’s a two-hour live telethon, heavy on NBC celebrity performers: Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson from The Voice, for example, and Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live. There also are some charity auction bids for other celebrity-related prizes, including breakfast on the set of Doctor Who, sharing the TARDIS with star Jodie Whittaker. And some filmed pieces, including Benedict Cumberbatch taking the charity plunge by swimming in very, very cold water. What an ice thing to do for children.

 
 
 
 
 
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