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Filed By John Shields | August 30, 2009 10:00 AM | comments

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Tags: Face the Nation, FOX, Meet the Press, state of the union, sunday morning talk shows

Here's what's coming up for the major network morning news shows today. In alphabetical order, that would be ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and NBC. Check channels and air times for a station near you.

Following the recent death of the Lion of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy, expect the airwaves to be filled with tributes to the late senator, health care reform, and how his death is going to affect whether health care reform happens this year or not.

Contrary to the normal flow of the talk shows for the last Sunday in August, almost all the networks are going to be filling those seats with senators and colleagues wanting to both pay their respects to Senator Kennedy, as well as move the health care conversation in their desired direction. Oh, and this should be fun - former Veep Dick Cheney is also hitting a television screen near you to talk about his legacy. Guess which one...

More info about each show after the jump.

ABC's "This Week" has Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts and Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah sitting down to discuss their long-time association with Senator Kennedy, his legacy and who might fill his seat - and when.

"Face the Nation" on CBS devotes it time to a discussion of Ted Kennedy's legacy, including appearances by Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) and Georgetown University sociologist Michael Dyson.

CNN's "State of the Union" hosts Democratic Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah (That's three shows for him. Is he one of the only Republican senators the networks could get to say nice things about Ted Kennedy?), as well as Larry Lucchino, President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox; Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston; Thomas P. O'Neill III, Former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor; Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Ted Kennedy's Nephew; and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

It's former Veep Dick Cheney on "Fox News Sunday", who the network says will be talking about whether the actions of some CIA officials were "appropriate or did they go too far in their effort to protect the country from another terrorist attack?" I'm sure we'll hear some version of his standard "we protected the country after 9/11" mantra. The surprise will be if Chris Wallace can get a 'yeah, we kinda screwed up before then,' but I wouldn't bet on it.

Finally, NBC's "Meet the Press" probably has the most comprehensive look back at the life and legacy of Senator Kennedy, with what it says will be "a special conversation with close friends, colleagues and family members" including Democratic Senators John Kerry and Chris Dodd, Maria Shriver, Bob Shrum and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. Also included in the hour-long show will be a "look at the Kennedy legacy and beyond with Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. And a special look back at highlights from Kennedy's 45 years of appearances on Meet the Press."

My choices: If you want to see grumpy old Cheney defending his record, head to Fox. Otherwise, for the best Kennedy tribute, I'd tune that dial to NBC.


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