CBS plans seven hours of Super Bowl pregame shows

As usual, there will be no shortage of buildup to the big game.

CBS plans seven hours of pregame shows leading to its telecast of Super Bowl LIII from Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Feb. 3, the network announced Thursday.

The pregame coverage will begin at 11:30 a.m. The game’s kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.

The CBS lineup will include “That Other Pregame Show” at 11:30 a.m.; “Road to the Super Bowl,” NFL Films’ annual look back at the season, at noon; “Tony Goes to the Super Bowl,” analyst Tony Romo’s season-long behind-the-scenes journey to Atlanta, at 1 p.m.; “Super Bowl Today,” a four-hour show hosted by James Brown, at 2 p.m.; and the “Kickoff Show,” including the national anthem and team introductions, at 6 p.m.

“Super Bowl Today,” also featuring Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Phil Simms and Nate Burleson, will originate live from a set in The Home Depot Backyard outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium and two sets inside the stadium. The show’s content will include “a special look at the host city of Atlanta,” CBS said.

The game will be the 20th Super Bowl televised on CBS, the most on any network. Jim Nantz will call the play-by-play, his fifth Super Bowl in that role. Romo will work his first Super Bowl as analyst.  Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn will provide reporting from the sidelines.

When the game ends, coverage will continue with the “Super Bowl Today Postgame Show,” including Nantz’s presentation of the Lombardi Trophy to the winning team.