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20/20 [PROGRAM CHANGE]
Air Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: "Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T"
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SPECIAL EDITION OF "20/20" LOOKS BACK ON LIFE AND LEGACY OF ICON ARETHA FRANKLIN

Hour Features Never-Before-Seen Footage of Franklin on Tour

'Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T' Airs on a Special Edition of '20/20,' Thursday, Aug. 16 (8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC

Following the death of musical and cultural legend Aretha Franklin, a special edition of "20/20" reflects on the life and legacy of the Queen of Soul who had an iconic six-decade career spanning an array of musical genres. The hour gives an in-depth look at Franklin's memorable career and the impact that she had on millions of people around the world. The special will feature footage of the star from the ABC News archives, including Diane Sawyer's trip with Franklin to her hometown of Detroit in 2000 and a never-before-seen video of Franklin on tour. The hour also features interviews with Harvey Mason Jr., who is making a biopic of Franklin starring actress Jennifer Hudson; and legendary director John Landis, who cast Franklin in "The Blues Brothers." "Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T" airs on a special edition of "20/20," Thursday, Aug. 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and became Billboard's most-charted female singer with top hits including "Respect," "Think," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Spanish Harlem" and more. Some of Franklin's most memorable performances included a tribute at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral, her stirring rendition of "Nessun Dorma" at the 1998 GRAMMYS(R) and "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at President Obama's first inauguration ceremony. Franklin was not only a talented musician but also a dedicated philanthropist, and in 2008, she was presented with the MusiCares Person of the Year Award for her commitment to helping others.

"20/20" is anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach. David Sloan is senior executive producer.

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20/20 (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
6/6/78 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (fall 2018)
TIME SLOT:
fridays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
41 (??? episodes)
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(from ABC's press release, May 2017) The ABC News primetime newsmagazine "20/20" has distinguished itself as one of the most esteemed programs in broadcast journalism. Celebrating its 40th season in September, "20/20" continues to combine hard-hitting investigative reports, newsmaker interviews, and compelling human interest and feature stories. The program is anchored by award-winning journalists Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· David Muir as Anchor
· Elizabeth Vargas as Anchor
CREW INFORMATION:
· David Sloan as EP
GENRE(S):
· newsmagazine
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· ABC News