Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Chadwick Boseman Tribute on ABC Tonight: Commercial Free Showing of “Black Panther” Followed by Special Honoring Actor


Wakanda Forever!

ABC will air a commercial free showing of “Black Panther” tonight in tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, who died Friday after a four year battle with colon cancer. After the screening, there will be a 40 minute special about Chadwick, perhaps a mini documentary of his interviews and social activism.

Disney, which owns Marvel, also owns ABC, so the commercial free part is easy for them. The fact that they’re doing sounds like it comes from chairman Bob Iger, who issued a personal Tweet on Friday after Boseman’s death was announced.

Chadwick’s death has hit hard and deep. He made seven movies in the four years since his diagnosis. No one knew he was ill including Spike Lee, who shot “Da 5 Bloods” with him last year under grueling circumstances. How the actor managed to keep his illness a secret when he was undergoing treatment and must have been quite ill, sick, and in pain, is mind blowing. He really was a King.

Boseman was 43 years old but didn’t start making movies until he was 31 in 2008 with “42” and “Get on Up.” Before that it was all TV roles, and pretty minor. By the grace of God Chadwick transcended obstacles and broke out. He would have been an Oscar winner in this lifetime, and a superstar. I do hope the Academy awards him a posthumous Lifetime award for his sterling group of performances.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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