Lara Spencer to Host New Weekly Program PEOPLE ICONS, Premiering 3/7
ABC News and People are teaming up once again for a new limited primetime series titled PEOPLE ICONS premiering TUESDAY, MARCH 7, at 10 p.m. EST on ABC. The hour-long weekly program will be hosted by "Good Morning America" co-anchor Lara Spencer and is inspired by the iconic People magazine covers that have made a lasting impact on American culture. People's editor-in-chief, Jess Cagle, along with other People editors, is featured throughout the series and shares their expertise on all topics. Each inspiring, engaging, captivating episode has a different theme.
On the Premiere Episode, Airing Tuesday, March 7, 10-11 p.m. EST:
"Celebrity Love Stories" recounts the most fascinating and talked about celebrity love stories of our time. It takes a look back at the iconic and enduring romances we all know and love, from the Obamas to Prince William and Kate, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the Estefans, and Hollywood legends including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
"Heroes & Survivors" shines a light on the most harrowing, triumphant, and inspiring real-life survival and hero stories. The episode highlights everyday heroes among us who defied all odds and touched America's hearts. We'll hear from the remarkable mom who lost both of her legs while saving her two children in two separate tornadoes that happened fifteen minutes apart. The program also revisits and updates the SURVIVOR stories in the news no one can forget, from Baby Jessica to Lauren Scruggs and more. We'll also hear from Austin Hatch, the college student who survived two separate plane crashes, and how he's carrying on today after losing his entire family. Finally, we'll check in with unbelievable kid survivors and pet heroes.
"Gone Too Soon" reflects on the life and legacy of the country's favorite celebrity stars and icons - legendary performers, actors and comedians - that left us all too soon. We'll recount their rise to stardom and the pivotal moments that made them legends. We'll also sit down with their loved ones and insiders who share the real stories behind the headlines, revealing new details. For the first time, HYPERLINK "x-apple-data-detectors://9" Whitney Houston's closest friend, BeBe Winans, speaks out in an exclusive interview on their friendship and a side of the mega star few ever saw. Additionally, we'll hear from Patrick Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi, and Robin William's wife, Susan Williams, who opens up about the mystery illness that she says led to Williams' death. And just weeks before the one-year anniversary of Prince's death, the program will pay tribute to the epic singer and go inside Paisley Park. We'll also hear from his sister, who reveals the singer's wishes for his legacy.
"Sexiest Man Alive" revisits favorite A-list male celebrities from People's past and current "Sexiest Man Alive" covers. From George Clooney to Brad Pitt and the reigning "Sexiest Man Alive," The Rock, this is one hour of sizzling television that can't be missed. Plus, viewers will get a behind the scenes peek into what goes into landing the cover.
"People Icons" premieres x-apple-data-detectors://1" TUESDAY, MARCH 7 (10-11 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. The series is produced by ABC'S Lincoln Square Productions. Marc Victor is the executive producer for Lincoln Square Productions; Jess Cagle and JJ Miller are executive producers for People.
About Lincoln Square Productions ABC News' Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in entertaining ways to tell fact based stories, including ABC's "What Would You Do?," ABC's "Madoff," the OSCAR Red Carpet Opening Ceremony," Investigation Discovery's "Barbara Walters Presents," as well as documentary programming for a wide array of partners, including PBS, Discovery Communications and A & E Networks. Lincoln Square Productions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City's Lincoln Square neighborhood. Morgan Hertzan is Senior Vice President of Lincoln Square Productions.
About Time Inc. Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is one of the world's leading media companies, with a monthly global print audience of over 120 million and worldwide digital properties that attract more than 150 million visitors each month, including over 60 websites. Our influential brands include People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple, and Southern Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.
About People Time Inc.'s People revolutionized personality journalism when it launched in 1974 with a mission to celebrate extraordinary people doing ordinary things and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Ubiquitous and still at the center of pop culture more than 40 years later, the People brand is accessible across all media and platforms (print, digital, video, OTT, mobile, social) bringing more than 80 million consumers a unique mix of breaking entertainment news, exclusive photos, video, unparalleled access to the red carpet, celebrities, and in-depth reporting on the most compelling newsmakers of our time. An essential component of People's editorial vision remains human interest stories, which touch and often mirror the lives of our passionate audience. And now, the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) app offers a free, advertiser-supported OTT streaming video service. People is an award-winning 24/7 news organization headquartered in NYC with reporters worldwide. For more information visit " People.com and Timeinc.com, and follow @people on Twitter and Instagram, @peoplemag on Facebook, and the People channel on Youtube and on Snapchat's Discover.
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