For the first time, E:60 will profile someone from a competing network. Then again, Ernie Johnson is more than worthy. Tonight at 7 p.m.
You may know him as a lead play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball games or one of the broadcasters during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. More likely, you have seen his studio work covering the NBA for TNT – the affable host trying to keep the outsize and outspoken personalities of Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith in line. But chances are you have never seen Ernie Johnson like this. E:60’s Jeremy Schaap spends time Johnson – from the studio, to his home in suburban Atlanta, to everywhere in between – and uncovers so much more to Johnson’s story. They talk about his famous father, his battle with cancer and balancing his roles as television personality and family man. As much success as he has had in front of the camera, he considers his biggest accomplishment to be what he does away from the spotlight. Johnson and his wife Cheryl have four adopted children, including Michael who was born with a progressive form of muscular dystrophy and lives on a ventilator in his parents’ home. E:60 explores a very personal and revealing profile of a man that has, as Charles Barkley puts it, “uncommon courage and a pure heart.”