The year’s big night of political satire was pulled when the president said he wouldn’t play along, particularly on the 100th day of his term. So The White House Correspondents Dinner (CSPAN, CNN, MSNBC, 9:30 p.m.) goes back to scholarship awards and a set from Hasan Minhaj of “The Daily Show” — and no keynote from the White House for the first time in 36 years.
There is furious counter-programming, though, primarily at Samantha Bee’s ambitious “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” (TBS, 10 p.m.) starring another “Daily Show” vet. The event from the host of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” is in front of a larger audience at the DAR Constitution Hall.
The President himself tries to upstage these things with a Speech in Harrisburg (CSPAN, 7:30 p.m.) meant to take away from headlines garnered not from the correspondents dinner variations, but People’s Climate March (CSPAN, 3 p.m.) – the oversized protest of the week in the streets of D.C.
It’s just a coincidence that amid all of these political events is the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (HBO, 8 p.m.) from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, taped earlier this month. It’s a lowly class this year, with ELO, Yes and Journey all getting in, as well as Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez and Pearl Jam. All will perform, though Steve Perry still won’t be with Journey, and Tupac’s portion will be performed by Snoop Dogg and Alicia Keys. Nile Rodgers is finally getting in, but almost on a technicality. David Letterman comes out of hiding to induct Pearl Jam, who play Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” And the number of posthumous salutes piles up, with both Chuck Berry and Prince.