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20/20

20/20

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Photo Credit:  Donna Svennevik / ABC
  • Premiered: 
    June 6, 1978
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Newsmagazine
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Current Events
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20/20 is a weekly primetime newsmagazine from ABC News that combines hard-hitting investigative reports, newsmaker interviews and compelling human interest and feature stories. Recent reports include: ''My Secret Self: A Story of Transgender Children,'' ''Scared Stiff: Worried in America,'' ''Seeing and Believing: The Power of Faith,'' and ''Privilege in America: Who's Shutting You Out.'' Season 36 premiered on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC, featuring a story about Michael Wohlschlaeger, who is a chiropractor suspected of killing one of his six wives. He has denied responsibility and has had the family's wrongful death suit dismissed, but her family has reportedly now convinced the Alabama Attorney General to re-open an investigation into her death. 20/20 returned for its 37th season on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC. In the season opener, "Out of the Woods," David Muir reported on the story of a 12-year-old girl who survived being stabbed 19 times by two school friends inspired by the fictional internet figure Slender Man. What started out as a normal middle school sleepover took a horrifying turn when one 12-year-old girl was stabbed 19 times by her two best friends and left for dead in the Wisconsin woods. The girls' motive and the miraculous recovery of the survivor made headlines around the world since the May attack. Now, for the first time, the parents reveal to David the chilling details of the incredible sequence of events that, against all odds, led to their daughter's survival. Where and how did she get the strength to fight off death? Plus, David meets the 12-year-old girl who has transformed from victim to the ultimate survivor, recently returning to school just months after the brutal attack. 20/20 returned for its 38th season on September 11, 2015 on ABC, airing Fridays at 10pm ET/PT with the season opener, "Suzy Favor Hamilton: From Three-Time Olympian to Las Vegas Call Girl." Three-time Olympic athlete Suzy Favor Hamilton seemed to have it all: a highly decorated running career, numerous high-profile corporate sponsorships, a marriage to her college sweetheart, and a healthy young daughter. So what would lead her to a shocking double life as a high-priced Las Vegas prostitute? In her first broadcast interview tied to the release of her memoir "Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness," Suzy speaks exclusively to Elizabeth Vargas about the self-doubt she harbored for years and what fueled her high-risk behavior and secret life. Vargas also speaks to Hamilton's husband, Mark, who not only knew about her life as an escort but stood by her side. Season 39 of 20/20 premiered on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 9-11pm ET/PT on ABC. The two-hour season opener features Diane Sawyer's interview with Elizabeth Vargas on alcoholism and anxiety. Plus, the disappearance and murder of a soccer mom running an escort business. Season 40 of 20/20 premiered on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC, with a special episode featuring Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson and the next generation Jackson musical act 3T, Taryll, Taj and TJ Jackson, who speak about the murder of his ex-wife and their mother, Dee Dee Jackson.
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On Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, ABC premieres "Lights, Camera, Christmas! Inside Holiday Movie Classics," a special 20/20 episode that features A CHRISTMAS STORY actor Peter Billingsley. The inspiration for HOME ALONE came from John Hughes preparing for a vacation and thinking about all the things he didn't want to forget -- including his kid; and Jack Nicholson was almost chosen for the role of the father in A CHRISTMAS STORY. These are only a few of the lesser known facts about holiday favorites that marked the Christmas season for years. To kick off the holiday season, 20/20 presents a Christmas special featuring actor Peter Billingsley, best known as the character Ralphie in the seasonal hit movie A CHRISTMAS STORY. This special takes viewers behind the scenes of holiday favorites, brings together the stars and dissects the most memorable moments from the films. The special will feature interviews with Tim Allen and Eric Lloyd from THE SANTA CLAUSE; Beverly D'Angelo and Chevy Chase from NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION; Mel Gibson from DADDY'S HOME 2; and Brian Grazer, the producer of the live-action HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. ABC News' Chris Connelly will also discuss the impact that these beloved films had on modern pop culture. The special also includes insider details on classic holiday films including a casting decision, Jim Carrey's torture-surviving technique training during HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS; and a visit to a Vancouver psychiatric hospital, the stand-in for Gimbal's toy department in ELF. The hour will consider the question of whether favorites such as TRADING PLACES and DIE HARD qualify as Christmas movies; and talk to a spokesperson from Rotten Tomatoes to discuss what it takes to qualify as a Christmas classic. The history of small-screen favorites such as A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS and RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER will be featured, as well as interviews with the voice-over artists behind these favorite animated characters, and the owner of the fully restored Santa and Rudolph puppets.

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