ABC News and Time Inc.’s PEOPLE Team up for New Series, “PEOPLE ICONS,” Hosted by “Good Morning America” Co-Anchor Lara Spencer

Premieres Tuesday, March 7th at 10 PM ET on

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#TablesideTablets–ABC News and People are teaming up once again for a new limited
primetime series titled “People Icons” premiering Tuesday, March
7 at 10 pm ET on ABC. The hour-long weekly program will be hosted by
“Good Morning America” co-anchor Lara Spencer and is inspired by the
iconic People magazine covers that have made a lasting impact on
American culture. People’s Editor-in-Chief, Jess Cagle, along with other
People editors, is featured throughout the series and shares their
expertise on all topics. Each inspiring, engaging, captivating episode
has a different theme.

On the Premiere Episode Airing Tuesday, March
7, 10-11 pm ET

“Celebrity Love Stories” recounts the most fascinating
and talked about celebrity love stories of our time. It takes a look
back at the iconic and enduring romances we all know and love, from the
Obamas to Prince William and Kate, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the Estefans, and
Hollywood legends including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

On Tuesday, March 14:

“Heroes & Survivors” shines a light on the most
harrowing, triumphant, and inspiring real-life survival and hero
stories. The episode highlights everyday heroes among us who defied all
odds and touched America’s hearts. We’ll hear from the remarkable mom
who lost both of her legs while saving her two children in two separate
tornadoes that happened fifteen minutes apart. The program also revisits
and updates the survivor stories in the news no one can forget, from
Baby Jessica to Lauren Scruggs and more. We’ll also hear from Austin
Hatch, the college student who survived two separate plane crashes, and
how he’s carrying on today after losing his entire family. Finally,
we’ll check in with unbelievable kid survivors and pet heroes.

On Tuesday, March 21:

“Gone Too Soon” reflects on the life and legacy of the
country’s favorite celebrity stars and icons — legendary performers,
actors and comedians — that left us all too soon. We’ll recount their
rise to stardom and the pivotal moments that made them legends. We’ll
also sit down with their loved ones and insiders who share the real
stories behind the headlines, revealing new details. For the first
time, Whitney Houston’s closest friend, BeBe Winans, speaks out in an
exclusive interview on their friendship and a side of the mega star few
ever saw. Additionally, we’ll hear from Patrick Swayze’s widow Lisa
Niemi and Robin William’s wife Susan Williams, who opens up about the
mystery illness that she says led to Williams’ death. And just weeks
before the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death, the program will pay
tribute to the epic singer and go inside Paisley Park. We’ll also hear
from his sister, who reveals the singer’s wishes for his legacy.

On Tuesday, March 28:

“Sexiest Man Alive” revisits favorite A-list male
celebrities from People’s past and current “Sexiest Man Alive” covers.
From George Clooney to Brad Pitt and the reigning “Sexiest Man Alive,”
The Rock, this is one hour of sizzling television that can’t be missed.
Plus, viewers will get a behind the scenes peek into what goes into
landing the cover.

“People Icons” premieres on TUESDAY, MARCH 7 (10-11 pm EST) on the ABC
Television Network. The series is produced by ABC’S Lincoln Square
Productions. Marc Victor is the executive producer for Lincoln Square
Productions; Jess Cagle and JJ Miller are executive producers
for People.


ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for
broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in entertaining
ways to tell fact based stories, including ABC’s “What Would You Do?,”
ABC’s “Madoff,” the OSCAR Red Carpet Opening Ceremony,” Investigation
Discovery’s “Barbara Walters Presents,” as well as documentary
programming for a wide array of partners, including PBS, Discovery
Communications and A & E Networks. Lincoln Square Productions is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The
headquarters are located in New York City’s Lincoln Square neighborhood.
Morgan Hertzan is Senior Vice President of Lincoln Square Productions.


Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is one of the world’s leading media companies,
with a monthly global print audience of over 120 million and worldwide
digital properties that attract more than 150 million visitors each
month, including over 60 websites. Our influential brands include
People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple, and Southern
Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.


Time Inc.’s People revolutionized personality journalism when it
launched in 1974 with a mission to celebrate extraordinary people doing
ordinary things and ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Ubiquitous and still at the center of pop culture more than 40 years
later, the People brand is accessible across all media and platforms
(print, digital, video, OTT, mobile, social) bringing more than 80
million consumers a unique mix of breaking entertainment news, exclusive
photos, video, unparalleled access to the red carpet, celebrities, and
in-depth reporting on the most compelling newsmakers of our time. An
essential component of People’s editorial vision remains human interest
stories, which touch and often mirror the lives of our passionate
audience. And now, the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) app
offers a free, advertiser-supported OTT streaming video service. People
is an award-winning 24/7 news organization headquartered in NYC with
reporters worldwide. For more information visit
and, and follow @people on Twitter and Instagram, @peoplemag
on Facebook, and the People channel on YouTube and on Snapchat’s


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