ABC debuts the summer series Superstar, focused on “the mavericks who shaped American culture,” in the network’s words, Aug. 11. Whitney Houston is the topic of the premiere episode. Kobe Bryant and Robin Williams will follow.
There will be four episodes. Superstar comes from the producers of 20/20 and Truth and Lies. The episodes last for an hour and run in the 10 p.m. ET slot. They shift to Hulu the day after their premiere.
“The series travels deep inside the lives of these icons and features interviews with friends and family who reveal the meteoric highs and the devastating costs of fame,” said ABC.
Superstar: Whitney Houston features new interviews with musicians Brandy, Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Darlene Love; Narada Michael Walden, musician and producer; Michael Bearden, musical director; and Savion Glover, dancer and choreographer. It also includes interviews with Houston and Bobby Brown from the ABC News archives.
“It is exciting to watch the legacy 20/20 brand expand, first with Truth and Lies and now with the Superstar series,” said David Sloan, senior executive producer, ABC primetime content. “Our talented team uses the skills they’ve honed from producing two-hour 20/20 programs to provide unmatched reporting and fresh insight into these icons.”
Sloan is senior executive producer on Superstar and Muriel Pearson is executive producer.
Truth and Lies premiered in 2017 and has focused on the Menendez brothers, Charles Manson and Tonya Harding, among other crime stories.
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.