"NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE" SEES DOUBLE ON "TWINSANITY!" PREMIERING MONDAY, AUG. 26, AT 8:00 P.M. (ET/PT) ON NICKELODEON
NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2013 - Nick News with Linda Ellerbee explores what it's like to be a twin in the new half-hour special, "Twinsanity!" premiering Monday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Kids from around the country discuss the assumptions, misconceptions and truths about being a twin.
Identical twin girls Val and Ally, 11, from Massachusetts have a tendency to finish each other's sentences. Val: "People ask us..." Ally: "...do you like being a twin?" Val: "And we say..." Ally: "No!" Val: "Too many people get us mixed up..." Ally: "...and we don't like sharing!"
Jeremy, 15, from New Jersey says "One of the major disadvantages to being a twin is having to share everything. We share a room, which we always have - since the day we were born. Well probably since before we were born, technically." "Ugghhh," says his twin brother Ethan.
Kavita, 14, from New Jersey says, "You think of yourself as two different people, yet you find yourselves doing the exact same things. Says her twin sister, Divya, "That's so disturbing."
"Sometimes people ask if we're identical," says Taylor, 14, from Texas, speaking about herself and twin brother Torrance. "And I just feel as if they need to be slapped."
"Being alike is not the same as being the same," says Ellerbee. "You may be a twin, but you're still you." Sometimes I wish I were a twin. Maybe a twin for a day..."
Nick News, produced by Lucky Duck Productions, is now in its 22nd year and is the longest-running kids' news show in television history. It has built its reputation on the respectful and direct way it speaks to kids about the important issues of the day. Over the years, Nick News has received more than 21 Emmy nominations and recently won its ninth Emmy Award for Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics in the category of Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program. Additional Emmy wins for outstanding children's programming include: The Face of Courage: Kids Living with Cancer (2010); Coming Home: When Parents Return from War (2009); The Untouchable Kids of India (2008); Private Worlds: Kids and Autism (2007); Never Again: From the Holocaust to the Sudan (2005); Faces of Hope: The Kids of Afghanistan (2002) and What Are You Staring At? (1998). In addition, in 1995, the entire series won the Emmy. In 2009, Nick News was honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award for best Network News Documentary for Coming Home: When Parents Return from War - the first-ever kids' television program to receive this prestigious award. Nick News has also received three Peabody Awards, including a personal award given to Ellerbee for explaining the impeachment of President Clinton to kids, as well as a Columbia duPont Award and more than a dozen Parents' Choice Awards.
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