Participants who have recently agreed to appear on the broadcast include Elizabeth Banks, Kathy Bates, George Clooney, Emily Deschanel, Anne Heche, Cheryl Hines, Randy Jackson, Rob Lowe, Jane Lynch, Marlee Matlin, Kelly Osbourne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Renee Zellweger.
Musical guests will include Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Neil Diamond, The Edge, Kris Kristofferson, Leona Lewis, Orianthi and Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart. They join previously announced performers including Natasha Bedingfield, Martina McBride, Aaron Neville, Dave Stewart and Stevie Wonder.
Additional participants include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tatyana Ali, Christina Applegate, Lance Armstrong, David Boreanaz, Abigail Breslin, Cindy Crawford, Fran Drescher, Elizabeth Edwards, Donald Faison, Sally Field, Michael C. Hall, Alyson Hannigan, Marg Helgenberger, Terrence Howard, Ken Jeong, Rashida Jones, Laura Linney, Zachary Levi, Ray Liotta, Seth MacFarlane, Mandy Moore, Jim Parsons, Naya Rivera, Robin Roberts, Seth Rogen, The Simpsons, Eric Stonestreet, Maura Tierney, Gabrielle Union, Sofia Vergara, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Reese Witherspoon and Ethan Zohn, as well as brain cancer survivors Anne Feeley and Pearce Quesenberry.
The special will be broadcast for one commercial-free hour on the four major networks and several cable channels, and will be seen in 195 countries worldwide. Network news anchors Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams will host the special, which is raising funds to encourage faster development of innovative cancer research.
Cat Deeley of "So You Think You Can Dance" will host a special half-hour pre-show promotion on various online sites beginning at 7:30 PM ET, when the celebrity phone banks open.
For more information visit standup2cancer.org.