Top of the Morning, April 4, 2014
You have to give the folks at CBS and Turner Sports credit for being creative with coverage of the Final Four. Sure, they will present traditional coverage on TBS with Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony and Steve Kerr on the call. But in an effort to provide fans a more local flavor on the broadcasts, there will also be team-specific coverage on truTV and TNT.
Fans of UConn might want to tune in to truTV for Saturday's 5 p.m. (C-U time) game against Florida. UConn women's basketball play-by-play voice Eric Frede will call the game with analyst Donnie Marshall. UConn women's basketball great Swin Cash works the sidelines.
Orlando Magic announcer David Steele and Gator Network analyst Mark Wise provide the Florida angle on TNT.
For the 7:50 p.m., semifinal between Kentucky and Wisconsin, longtime Kentucky sports anchor Rob Bromley talks Wildcats and ex-Kentucky star Rex Chapman serves as analyst on TNT.
You get the Wisconsin feed on truTV from Green Bay Packers voice Wayne Larrivee and former Badgers guard Mike Kelley. He was on the last Wisconsin team to reach the Final Four.
Here is your weekend viewing guide:
"Live From Lincoln Center"
8 p.m., WILL (PBS)
Tony Award winning performer James Naughton sings the hits of the great Randy Newman. Yes, Naughton plays the president in CBS' ridiculous "Hostages," but don't hold that against him. He is a fine singer and Newman's classics "Short People" and "I Love L.A." should be easy on the ears.
"Saturday Night Live"
10:30 p.m., WAND (NBC)
Anna Kendrick hosts a new episode of the long-running series. She did good work as a star of "Up in the Air." But the real reason we are tuning in is to see musical guest Pharrell Williams. After watching him performm "Happy" during the Oscars, T.O.T.M. was humming it for days.
"Academy of Country Music Awards"
7 p.m., WCIA (CBS)
After a recent trip to the Grand Ol' Opry, we are all about the country music. During the three hours, you will hear from Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Shakira, George Strait, Keith Urban and others. Sounds like a hoot (country music term).