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TV Coverage: All the Stars and Parties, Before and After

March 24, 1997|JOHN SCHEIBE | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Before the first winner is announced at tonight's 69th annual Academy Awards ceremony, television will be awarding movie fans with two hours of pre-Oscar night festivities from the Shrine Auditorium.

At 4 p.m., KABC-TV Channel 7 puts on its tuxedo for "An Evening at the Academy Awards," featuring Harold Greene, Lisa McRee, George Pennacchio, Roger Ebert and Willow Bay. The show will be repeated at 1:10 a.m.

They'll have plenty of competition grabbing celebrities. On KTLA-TV Channel 5 and cable's WGN, entertainment reporter Sam Rubin mingles with early arrivals at the Shrine on "Live From the Academy Awards." Tawny Little surveys the glittery scene as well for KCOP-TV Channel 13. And Joan Rivers and her daughter, Melissa Rivers, will be interviewing stars for E! Entertainment's "Academy Awards Pre-Show '97."

ABC begins its three-hour telecast at 6 p.m., as Billy Crystal, after a three-year break, returns to host the show on Channel 7.

E! gets into a party mood after the ceremonies when it covers the Governor's Ball at 9 p.m. Steve Kmetko will greet the winners and the losers.

At 10 p.m., after a "Barbara Walters Special" with Lauren Bacall, Harrison Ford and Woody Harrelson, KABC-TV will offer a recap of the awards and report on post-Oscar parties.

Finally, "The Late, Late Show" on CBS (Channel 2) at 12:35 a.m. will repeat Tom Snyder's interview with best supporting actress nominee Bacall, focusing on her role in "The Mirror Has Two Faces."

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