CNN to show ‘RBG,’ other media outlets celebrate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A 1993 photo of then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her office at the U.S. District Court in Washington.
(Associated Press)

Across television and streaming services, the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg were already front and center Saturday, a day after her death at 87. A look at coverage and plans in her honor:

Encores for “RBG”

This CNN Films documentary will be broadcast on CNN Saturday night at 7 and 11 p.m. Pacific Time, with an encore Sunday at 7 p.m. PT.

Looking back on the film that spotlighted Ginsburg worldwide — and offered intimate insight for younger viewers — one of the CNN executives who shepherded the 2018 release pointed to the justice’s cultural relevance.

“We greenlit the film because of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s extraordinary legacy in equal rights and her stature within our national culture,” Amy Entelis, executive vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, told the Associated Press in an email Saturday.


“We never expected the film to generate the reaction that it did. Many people were unfamiliar with her prejudicial career as a lawyer for the ACLU and how she played such an essential role in securing equal rights, particularly for women, which meant all Americans benefited,” Entellis wrote. “The stories of her personal struggle to become an attorney makes her singular contributions to the law that much more poignant. And her enduring marriage to Martin Ginsburg touched and moved audiences of all genders and generations.”

The film will also be available via CNN on demand with cable and satellite subscriptions beginning Sunday, and for streaming via CNNgo platforms, also beginning Sunday until Sept. 26.

The documentary is also available for streaming on Hulu, Apple TV and for rent on Amazon Prime Video and in the iTunes store.

Time magazine cover

Time magazine will feature Ginsburg on one of multiple special covers for an October double issue presenting the 2020 Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people. It will include a special tribute to the justice, who was featured on the list in 2015.

The issues will be available at U.S. newsstands beginning Friday.

“On the Basis of Sex”

The 2018 bio-drama focusing on Ginsburg’s law school years and early legal career is available for purchase on Amazon Prime Video and in the iTunes store.

Felicity Jones, who portrayed the young law student and fighter for justice, told the AP in an email Saturday that Ginsburg was a beacon.

Armie Hammer as Marty Ginsburg and Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the movie "On the Basis of Sex."
(Jonathan Wenk / Focus Features)

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave us hope, a public figure who stood for integrity and justice — a responsibility she did not wear lightly,” she wrote. “She will be missed not only as a beacon of light in these difficult times but for her razor sharp wit and extraordinary humanity. She taught us all so much. I will miss her deeply.”

Other distribution plans for the movie were pending Saturday.

News and tributes

Tributes and rebroadcasts are trending on streaming services and the apps of major networks, with more to come.

Plans for “CBS Sunday Morning,” beginning at 6 a.m. Pacific, include journalist Erin Moriarty looking back on the life and times of the judge. Rita Braver, who covered Ginsburg, will offer an appreciation. John Dickerson of “60 Minutes” will report on the political implications of her death, and “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker will have a tribute at the end of the Sunday night broadcast.

News divisions at NBC and its networks are already out with special reports. On MSNBC, a past profile, “Justice Ginsburg,” was rebroadcast after her death was revealed, with plans to show it again Saturday night. The NBC streaming service Peacock has available a 2020 National Constitution Center event honoring Ginbsurg.

Throughout Saturday, Fox News shows “Fox & Friends,” “Cavuto Live” and “America’s News HQ” planned to discuss the legacy and historic career of Ginsburg. Joining the live coverage will be Chris Scalia, a son of Ginsburg’s close friend and colleague, late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.