Here's when the next Jan. 6 committee hearing happens and how to watch

Oct. 6 update: The House select Committee announced a new date for its next, and possibly final, hearing. It's set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, and is expected to be broadcast on broadcast and cable-news networks.

The committee postponed the hearing, originally set for Sept. 28, because of the threat of the approach of Hurricane Ian.

How to watch the next House Select Committee hearing investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection?

Any way you can.

The hearings held over the summer proved to be gripping television — genuine must-see TV, with twists, surprises, a cliffhanger or two and a little democracy-hanging-by-a-thread drama thrown in to spice things up even more.

I don’t think anyone thought the hearings would be as compulsively watchable as they turned out to be, but thanks to jaw-dropping evidence of former President Donald Trump’s behavior before, after and especially during the attack on the U.S. Capitol, along with testimony from witnesses like Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide to Mark Meadows, who was Trump’s chief of staff, it was as good as anything on TV this year.

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When is the next Jan. 6 hearing? Will there be more?

The next hearing, which Bennie Thompson, the committee chairman, has indicated might be the last, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Arizona time on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Networks haven’t announced formal coverage plans yet, but it’s a pretty safe bet all the major broadcast and cable-news networks will cover it live.

Yes, even Fox News, which covered the previous hearings when they were held during the day. During the prime-time hearings the network shirks its responsibility as a news organization, shunting coverage to Fox Business while Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham bash the hearings like a piñata, maybe hoping to release the little MAGA viewers they think might be trapped in there.

Trump supporters plan Jan. 6 Capitol attack
Trump supporters plan Jan. 6 Capitol attack

So viewers should have their choice of networks. Really, it’s all pretty much the same — a camera pointed at a committee member or witness. It’s during the breaks and afterward that things get different.

But more than most events like this — to the extent that there are events like this — the talking-head blather is just so many “experts” sitting around yapping. One of the best and most useful things the committee has done from the start is lay out its case with simplicity, so that you don't need anyone to explain it.

You don’t have to be an expert in constitutional law or domestic terrorism to understand how gravely things went wrong on that day. The committee shows you, through extensive use of audio and video; the witnesses provide perspective.

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Will Mike Pence be central to the next hearing?

The results are chilling. We have seen, time and again, how close we were to things playing out differently, and what that might have meant.

The committee members haven't been specific about what will be included in the next hearing. Never let it be said they don’t have a good sense of teasing viewers.

Will former Vice President Mike Pence be central to the proceedings? Will the FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, conducted since the last hearing, play into it? Will there be recommendations of charges, either Wednesday or in the committee’s final report?

This is going to be great TV.

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Which, by the way, does not diminish the crucial importance of the committee’s work. It’s just a TV show, some people will say, but that’s not accurate.

It’s also not wrong. It is a TV show. But TV is how the vast majority of people see events unfold live. The hearings have been great TV precisely because they are important TV — important to understanding the past and the future. There is no reason to believe that Wednesday’s hearing won’t be just as crucial.

So pull up a chair. This shouldn’t be missed.

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How to watch the next Jan. 6 hearing

The next Jan. 6 committee hearing is at 10 a.m. Arizona time on Thursday, Oct. 13. Broadcast and cable-news networks are expected to cover.

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