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Television viewing guide for pregame programming for Super Bowl

PREGAME PARADE

The rundown of elements scheduled to be included in Sunday’s Super Bowl pregame shows that are being carried by the three major outlets that plan extensive coverage:

CBS

Noon-1 p.m. EST: Road to the Super Bowl (review of the season).

1 p.m.-2 p.m.: The Phil Simms “”All-Iron Team,”” a look at Simms’ all-time Super Bowl team.

2 p.m.-6 p.m. CBS did not make available a segment-by-segment breakdown of what features will air at what time. But here is what is scheduled to run in the four-hour block:

—A look at the rebirth of New Orleans 41/2 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region and how the Saints have helped lead the charge.

—A jailhouse interview with Plaxico Burress, two years after he made the Super Bowl-winning catch for the Giants.

—Feature on Saints quarterbackDrew Brees.

—Feature on Saints running backReggie Bush.

—Feature on the Saints’ defense.

—Feature on Colts quarterbackPeyton Manning.

—Profile on Colts defensive endsDwight FreeneyandRobert Mathis, who have combined for 147 career sacks, plus injury update on Freeney.

—Feature on Colts receivers.

—Segment on musicianWynton Marsalispaying a special tribute to his beloved city of New Orleans.

—Interview with PresidentBarack Obama.

—Musical performances bySteve Winwoodand Daughtry, plus Food Network personalityGuy Fieriprepares tailgate food.

6-6:25 p.m.: Player introductions, national anthem performed byCarrie Underwood.

6:25 p.m.: Kickoff of Colts-Saints game.

ESPN

10-10:45 a.m.: Scene setter, then actorAndy Garcianarrates a feature on Super Bowl rings and the big stories behind the quest for this year’s prize.

10:45-11 a.m.: Feature on New Orleans coachSean Paytonoffering a quarter of a million dollars of his own salary to help lure defensive coordinatorGregg Williamsto the team. Also, a review of the NFC title game between Vikings and the Saints.

11-11:30 a.m.: Feature on Colts fanMatt Ellis, who is attempting to have autographs of all 53 players on Indy’s Super Bowl winning roster of three years ago tattooed onto his body. In this segment he is scheduled to add two more.

11:30-Noon: Appearances by entertainersAdam Sandler,Chris Rock,Kevin James,David SpadeandRob Schneiderto plug an upcoming movie.

Noon-12:15 p.m.: Feature on the Saints Marching Club, a group of fans who have welcomed the team from road games with a “”parade”” — win or lose, since the team’s inception in 1967.

12:15-12:30 p.m.: Report on Colts receiverPierre Garconand how he is personally affected by the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti, where his parents and three older sisters were born and still is the home of many of his relatives.

12:30-12:45 p.m.: A humorous piece byKenny Mayneabout “”Aints Bagheads,”” fans who wore bags over their head so as not to be recognized during the Saints’ dark days. Cameo appearances are scheduled from famous New Orleanians Branford Marsalis,James Carville,Ellen DeGeneres,Aaron Nevilleand others. Also set is a feature on several key players (Jack Youngblood,Rod Woodson,Terrell Owensand Hines Ward) who have participated in the Super Bowl despite extreme injuries, a situation the Colts’Dwight Freeneynow faces. In another segment, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse — who lives in New Orleans — discuss Cajun Super Bowl cuisine.

12:45 p.m.-1 p.m.: Segment on Saints QBDrew Brees’endeavors to help New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina and the friendship he has with a 12-year-old battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: An exam of which key Super Bowl catch was more difficult —David Tyree’sin Super Bowl XLII orSantonio Holmes’in Super Bowl XLIII. Also, an appearance by musicianKenny Chesney.

1:30-2 p.m.: A report on the relationship between the Manning family and the city of New Orleans. Also, commentators make their Super Bowl pick.

NFL NETWORK

9-10 a.m.: Scene setter, NFL Films feature onVince Lombardiand his grandson, Saints quarterbacks coachJoe Lombardi. Also, update on the Colts defensive endDwight Freeney’splaying status

10-11 a.m.: Reports from inside the stadium; Segment on what the Colts learned from their Super Bowl victory in the same stadium three seasons ago. A report on the Saints’ activities in the last week; Commentary from NFL Films’Steve Sabolabout “”The greatest decade of Super Bowls.””

11-Noon: A debate whether this is the best Super Bowl QB matchup (Peyton Manning,Drew Brees) ever; discussion on this year’s Hall of Fame class; feature on Saints (and former Rams) defensive endAnthony Hargrove; discussion as to whether the Colts are the NFL’s model franchise

Noon-1 p.m.: A piece on Manning’s place in NFL history; a comparison of Brees’ status in New Orleans toBrett Favre’sprevious connection to Green Bay; Part I of a ranking of the top 10 Super Bowls; Dolphins linebackerJoey Porter, who played both Super Bowl teams this season, gives his perspective on how to stop both offenses; a look at the role special teams could play in the game.

1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Feature on New Orleans prodigal son (Manning) vs. adopted son (Brees); Part 2 of Super Bowl rankings; piece on how Manning deals with blitzes.

2-3 p.m.: Feature on how the Saints’ success has affected New Orleans; A discussion as to whether Colts coachJim Caldwellgets enough credit; segment about Haiti with the Saints’Jonathan Vilmaand Colts’Pierre Garcon.

3-5:30 p.m.: Interview with Hall of Fame coachDon Shula; entertainersChris Rock,Adam Sandler,Kevin James,David SpadeandRob Schneiderpromote their movie; predictions for the game.

(NOTE: Times of some segments could change.)

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