The 2017 Red Nose Day Special Airs Live Tonight on NBC

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The 2017 Red Nose Day Special Airs Live Tonight on NBC

Celebrating Red Nose Day for the third year in a row, NBC has anchored a special night of programming on Thursday, May 25, with Chris Hardwick set to host the “The Red Nose Day Special” at 10 p.m. In addition, Academy Award winner Julia Roberts and other stars will appear in Red Nose Day-themed programming throughout the night that will both entertain viewers and give them an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of kids in need.

“Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day” at 8 p.m. ET/PT will be followed by a very special 9 p.m. episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day” with Roberts venturing to Kenya, leading up to NBC’s third annual “The Red Nose Day Special” hosted by Hardwick at 10 p.m.

Throughout the night viewers will be entertained, learn about the programs supported by Red Nose Day that are helping to change the lives of children and have the opportunity to support the charity through calls to donate, making a real difference for kids in need here in the U.S. and around the world.

The one-hour “Red Nose Day Special,” hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick, will be broadcast live from Rockefeller Plaza in New York City in support of the Red Nose Day charity campaign. Stars appearing include Ben Affleck, Jack Black, Orlando Bloom, Yvette Nicole Brown, Bryan Cranston, Patrick Dempsey, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Bear Grylls, Mindy Kaling, Mark Hamill, Matt Iseman, DJ Khaled, Matt Lauer, Rachel McAdams, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Julia Roberts, Al Roker, Paul Rudd, Dax Shepard, Ben Stiller and Kenan Thompson, along with “This Is Us” cast members Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas Jones.

Shedding light on kids in need, Julia Roberts will visit Africa and Paul Rudd visits rural Maine to show how children’s lives can be changed and saved by Red Nose Day funds.

The special will also feature “Red Nose Day Actually,” the much-anticipated reunion sequel to “Love Actually,” catching up with cast members from the beloved holiday film, including Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson and Bill Nighy.

In support of the Red Nose Day campaign, iconic buildings across the country will light up in red on May 25, including the Empire State Building in New York City, the Willis Tower in Chicago, the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, the Miami Tower in Miami, the Bank of America Plaza in Dallas, the Orlando Eye in Orlando, and the WoodmenLife Tower in Omaha. The Terminal Tower in Cleveland will turn red on May 24.

Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc., a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity. Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, both in the United States and in some of the poorest communities around the world.

Beneficiaries of Red Nose Day grants include charity organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; Save the Children; and the Global Fund.

Red Nose Day launched in America in 2015 and, with generous support from millions of Americans and many outstanding partners, has raised more than $60 million in its first two years in the U.S. People across the country are encouraged to support the cause by coming together and wearing their Red Noses, organizing fundraising events, and watching and donating during the night of Red Nose Day programming on NBC. The campaign’s iconic Red Noses are sold exclusively at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide.

“THE RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL” – 10 P.M.

Comedian, actor and TV host Chris Hardwick (“The Wall”) will host NBC’s third annual “The Red Nose Day Special,” featuring great comedy and entertainment, and compelling films shedding light on kids in need. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars from film and television – including Julia Roberts, Paul Rudd, Ben Affleck, Jack Black, Orlando Bloom, Bryan Cranston, Ben Stiller, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Meyers, Kenan Thompson, Mindy Kaling and more — will appear in the annual special to benefit Red Nose Day, an annual charity campaign to help end child poverty.

The cast of “This is Us” will also appear, along with the “Love Actually” cast in the much-anticipated reunion sequel being shown in the special.

Richard Curtis is an executive producer for the live NBC telecast (a Universal Television production), along with John Irwin of Irwin Entertainment, and Lily Sobhani.

The above press release was issued by NBC.

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