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Extra: More details on “Born This Way” holiday special, digital series ; ABC News honors Marvel’s Stan Lee

A&E’s Born This Way Christmas special on the way A&E Network’s Emmy-winning docuseries Born This Way will celebrate the holidays with an hour-long series finale special titled A Very Born This ...
December 4, 2019

A&E’s Born This Way Christmas special on the way

A&E Network’s Emmy-winning docuseries Born This Way will celebrate the holidays with an hour-long series finale special titled A Very Born This Way Christmas (pictured).

As previously announced, the special will follow as Elena, John, Megan, Rachel, Sean, Steven, Cristina and Angel and their families gather to spread cheer and reflect on their personal growth across the four seasons of the Bunim/Murray Productions-made series.

A Very Born This Way Christmas premieres Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.

A short-form digital series will be made available online beginning Dec. 13 to complement the linear finale. Born This Way: Moving Forward will trace the cast as they provide advice to families with a loved one with Down syndrome, entrepreneurship within the disabled community, and the importance of people with disabilities participating in the democratic process. Episodes will also explore the origins of the series and its impact on the Down syndrome community.

The digital series will also air on A&E’s YouTube Channel and on the Born This Way Facebook page.

ABC News to celebrate Marvel’s Stan Lee

ABC News, the news division of the American Broadcasting Company, has set a late-December air date for its primetime special Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee.

The hour-long documentary will journey through the life of the Marvel Universe creator by utilizing never-before-seen interviews and archive footage from deep within the Marvel and ABC News vaults.

The one-off – which will be filmed, in part, in front of a live studio audience in New York – will also see a cast of celebrities sharing their memories of Lee, who passed away in November 2018. Among the famous faces to provide intimate stories are Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Mark Hamill, Jimmy Kimmel, Method Man, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Lauren Ridloff, Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Bob Iger, Todd McFarlane and Kevin Feige, among others.

Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee is produced by ABC News in association with Marvel. John R. Green serves as executive producer. Matt Lombardi is co-executive producer.

Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee debuts Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Kin, CLEO TV ink licensing deal

Los Angeles-based lifestyle entertainment company Kin has penned a licensing deal that will send 48 episodes of its premium lifestyle programming to CLEO TV beginning in 2020.

Under the deal, Kin will send 40 half-hour episodes of All Things Adrienne, which follows Adrienne Bailon Houghton who shares tips and tricks on all things beauty, fashion, home décor and entertaining; as well as Heart of the Batter (8 x 30 minutes), a culinary series featuring singer-songwriter Jordan Sparks who bakes easy and delicious recipes.

Kin financed the production and owns the underlying intellectual property for both shows.

All Things Adrienne and Heart of the Batter – both of which were initially developed and distributed for social media platforms – will now broadcast across TV One’s nascent aspirational lifestyle and entertainment cable net.

All Things Adrienne is slated to premiere on Jan. 4 and Heart of the Batter will debut in May 2020.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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