Spike TV will broadcast a tribute special to Eddie Murphy, that will honor the life and career of the actor/comedian/singer/more.
To be produced by Don Mischer (who produced this year’s Academy Awards event that Eddie was initially attached to host but didn’t), the special will be called Eddie Murphy: One Night Only, and will air on November 16, after a November 3 taping at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles.
According to the press release…
The exclusive Spike TV special event marks 30 years since the release of the groundbreaking stand-up concert film “Delirious,” and the classic film “48 Hrs.,” which featured the breakout performances that made him one of the biggest superstars in the world.” Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” will pay homage to Murphy’s journey from a 15-year-old aspiring comedian, to the record-breaking “Raw,” which remains the highest grossing stand-up film of all time, to his indelible characters and impressions from “Saturday Night Live” such as Buckwheat, Gumby, Mr. Robinson and James Brown. Murphy’s friends and co-stars from many of his unforgettable films including “48 Hrs.,” “Trading Places,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Coming To America,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Shrek,” and his Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated performance in “Dreamgirls,” among others, will be featured.
It’ll be a 2-hour program that will also include some short films, musical performances (although no word on what artists yet), comedy sketches, and more.
Of course, Eddie will there. It’s not said whether he’ll perform anything, whether a stand-up routine, or, *gasp* sing.
“Eddie’s impact on comedy is immeasurable… At 19, he changed the face of sketch comedy forever on Saturday Night Live and within four years released 48 Hrs., Delirious, and Beverly Hills Cop, making him one of the biggest stand-up and movie stars in the world, and he’s never stopped evolving, innovating and entertaining,” said Casey Patterson, EVP of Event Production for Viacom Media Networks Entertainment Group.
So, essentially it’s a like a lifetime achievement celebration/tribute of Eddie Murphy and his contributions to the entertainment biz.
Too soon? Or, it’s about time? Or, just right?