ABC News is adding a new series, Superstar, to its primetime 20/20 news magazine, which will air on ABC on August 11th.
Each episode of Superstar will feature a different celebrity “who shaped American culture,” according to the network.
The first episode will portray Whitney Houston and include never-before-seen private videos of the singer, who died in 2012. The special also includes archive interviews from Houston and Bobby Brown, as well as new interviews with Brandy, Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Darlene Love. It will air on August 11 at 10 p.m. on ABC and streamed on Hulu the next day.
Future episodes will focus on celebrities like Kobe Bryant, Robin Williams, and others.
“We decided to focus on icons that have had a huge impact on our culture,” said David Sloan, senior ep of Network Primetime Content. “They have complex backstories with many levels and perspectives to explore. In this series we want to update the current public narrative about each of these celebrities – the light refracts differently in these stories after we lost them for years. “
The series marks the continuous expansion of 20/20, which is anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach and uses a documentary format to cover true crime stories and investigations. Superstar is the second sub-brand to hit the market by 20/20, with Truth & Lies debuting in 2017 and covering stories like Charles Manson and Watergate.
“20/20 is known for its true crime programs, investigative reports and exclusive interviews,” Sloan added. “I’m delighted that the audience is responding to our coverage on both the radio and streaming. 20/20 producers are some of the best in the business and it’s fulfilling to see them spread their wings with new projects like Superstar. “