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The show Bio Specials tells the story about a famous person and those that had an impact on the world. The show features their early life and what they did that made them famous. Some of the people featured on this show are alive to provide commentary while others have passed on.

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2 Seasons, 38 Episodes
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  • A woman helps two stockbrokers execute an extortion plot; a mother of five arranges her husband's murder.

  • Murder cases.

  • The pursuit of beauty has destroyed numerous relationships, but could it also be a motive for homicide? We sometimes forget that beauty is often the root of jealousy and jealousy is often the root of murder.

  • A look at murders that took place on the road.

  • Examining the fascinating and terrifying circumstance in which people commit heinous crimes while under the influence of drugs.

  • Sylvester Stallone provides us with exclusive access to the 35 year journey of Rocky Balboa--one of Hollywood's greatest icons and the very symbol of the American Dream as well as its excesses.

  • An in-depth profile of the comic who has accomplished a seemingly impossible feat--he's made ventriloquism hip again.

  • Born Kevin Knipfing, James first planned on a career in sports, but those plans changed when he joined a community theater to alleviate a bad case of the summertime blues. He never looked back. After over a dozen years on the standup circuit, he got his big break when he as cast in a recurring role on the popular Everybody Loves Raymond, which launched into his own series. King of Queens ran for nine seasons and earned its star an Emmy. Hit movies such as Chuck and Larry and Paul Blart: Mall Cop followed as James successfully shifted his career from the small to the big screen.

  • He captured the hearts of millions, as a result of his starring as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the highly successful television series, CHiP's. He also appeared in numerous television and motion pictures, but after being labeled a troublemaker during a contract dispute with TV executives, Erik Estrada was blacklisted in the entrainment industry in the US. He went on find international stardom in a Spanish telenova. These days Erik can be found back on American television in a reality series. He also dedicates much of his time to charities such as ICAC or Internet Crimes Against Children. The role he most prefers and enjoys is that of a role model to millions of children throughout the world, father to his three own children, and husband to the love of his life, Nanette.

  • Already a music star in Australia, Kiwi Keith Urban made the move to Nashville, Tennessee in 1992 to further his career in country music. The gamble paid off, and today he's one of the biggest names in music, with multiple chart-toppers and Grammy Awards under his belt. This profile explores his life down-under, his rise to fame in the States, his continuing battle with cocaine addiction, and his life with Nicole Kidman.

  • In the mid-nineties, Boyz II Men's silky smooth voices lifted them to superstardom. Their record-breaking stints atop the music charts placed them alongside industry icons like Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Along the way they became the biggest selling R&B group in history. But as often is the case, an epic rise proceeded and even more dramatic fall. When albums sales slowed, music execs lost interest and the foursome went from selling out stadiums to playing dive bars. Now, with the success of their latest album, Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville, Boyz II Men is finding its footing again. The question is, can they make their way back to the top, or are they destined for the easy listening circuit?

  • Portrait of the actor best known for one of the most remarkable comebacks in entertainment history. In 1994, Caruso was the popular star of NBC's NYPD Blue. But when he left the show in a fight over money, Caruso's name became synonymous with stunningly bad business decisions. He couldn't get a good part for years. But Caruso, a middle-class kid from Queens, N.Y., was used to long odds, and after a decade, he landed the blockbuster role of Horatio Caine in the smash-hit series, CSI:Miami, seen on A&E.

  • Born out of a concept--a counterpoint to the 1990s "boy bands"--and a single trade industry ad, the five "Spice Girls" rocketed to the top of the pop music world. The only British group to taste "Beatles" level commercial success, The Spice Girls produced two world-wide top-selling albums and performed at sold out venues everywhere. Their success began to unravel with the group's abrupt firing of the manager behind their meteoric rise, Simon Fuller. Attempts at comebacks and reunions have had mixed results. In 2006, the girls teamed back up with manager Fuller and announced a world tour. The tour was a major success and they sold out their first show in London in 38 seconds. The Spice Girls remain an important part of the history of pop music and their impact as a female movement is undeniable.

  • At 38 years old, Rachael Ray seems to have burst out of nowhere to be everywhere. But Ray struggled at first. She was a small-town Sicilian girl who moved to New York and worked at the Macy's candy counter. She then became a buyer for gourmet grocery stores and started teaching people how to make great meals in record-breaking time. Discovered by the local news in Albany, N.Y., and then by the Today show, Ray landed a Food Network show, 30 Minute Meals. The public fell in love with her perky manner and can-do spirit, and in rapid succession she landed two more Food Network shows, her own magazine, cookbooks, and a daily talk show.

  • Actress, singer, partier, she's barely into her twenties, and Lindsay Lohan has already gone from screen tests to rehab stints. She was acting in a soap opera by the age of ten and made her film debut in The Parent Trap a year later. Unlike many child actors, Lindsay's appeal seemed to grow as she as she aged, and by 2005 she was headlining hit films such as Mean Girls. Despite her popularity as an actress, press accounts focused more frequently on her antics as a Hollywood party girl. In addition to her alleged problems with substance abuse, her clashes with co-stars and studio execs, and her widely reported trips to rehab, Lindsay has added "singing sensation" to her film career, having released her debut album in 2004.

  • Their films were box office gold. Their performances were magic. And when they went out on the town, they were legends. At a time when everything was cool and style was king, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop were the ultimate playboys. The Rat Pack goes where no other documentary has been: to the exact moment when Sinatra, the leader of the pack, met every other member, and the dynamics behind his relationship with each of them. Then, the BIO profile takes an intimate look at the carnivorous alpha-males who, on the outside, were simply the hippest guys in America, but privately struggled with love, loss, = jealousy, racism and the mob. With the help of insiders like Angie Dickinson, Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis and Milton Berle, The Rat Pack explores the lives and legacies of five men who once capitvated an entire generation of Americans, and continue to fascinate an entirely new generation today.

  • Profile of the Grammy Award-winning rapper, singer, model, and actress who's been hip-hop's first lady, the face of Cover Girl, and an Oscar nominee. Born Dana Elaine Owens, she was nicknamed Latifah, which means "delicate and sensitive" in Arabic. She started her music career as a human beat box alongside rap group Ladies Fresh, and her first album at the age of 19 was a success. But her brother, Lance, was killed in an accident involving the motorcycle she had bought him. Emerging from her grief, Latifah's album "Black Reign" was dedicated to her brother and was the first album by a female MC to ever go gold. Latifah then branched into other media, starring on TV's Living Single and in the hit movie musical Chicago.

  • Hollywood is obsessed with its celebrity couples. They're regular fixtures in tabloids, blogs, and entertainment news shows. But our girl-and-boy-next-door couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner --aka Bennifer II -- have remarkably stayed out of the media spotlight. We'll shed light on how Mr. and Mrs. Affleck came to be, as we explore their individual careers and the experiences that brought them together as a couple.

  • After his very public firing from the CBS hit series Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen went on the offensive, and the public was given a front-row seat to a career and lifestyle that seemed to teeter on the edge of oblivion. In what to many seemed like a bizarre new chapter in the actor's life, to those who know him, these recent events are just part of the logical progression of a rock-star lifestyle pushed to its limit by celebrity marriages, substance abuse, innumerable controversies and scrapes with the law. Charlie Sheen: Bad Boy on the Edge takes viewers through Sheen's near 30-year career and includes footage from his films, personal family photos and news footage cut with original interviews with ABC News 20/20's Andrea Canning, adult film actress Capri Anderson, close friend and rock star Bret Michaels, TV personality/radio host, Danny Bonaduce, journalists who have covered Sheen's career, and drug rehab experts who weigh the gravity of Sheen's current state of affairs to determine whether he's in control, off the rails or simply on the brink of a major disaster.

  • Viewed by some as one of Tinsletown's brightest stars, and by others as a pariah. He's managed to stay on top despite public scandals and outspoken views. Mel Gibson is true Hollywood Icon. From blockbuster action films and successful comedies to critically acclaimed dramas, Gibson has made his mark as a sexy leading man with an edge. But that "edge" comes with a price.

  • Matthew McConaughey was on the way to becoming a lawyer when he picked up the inspirational book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, and decided his real future lay in screen acting. A chance meeting with a casting director in an Austin bar secured his first real film role. The casting director introduced him to director Richard Linklater who gave McConaughey a role in his upcoming film, Dazed and Confused. More roles followed but high-wattage performances in two 1996 movies, the crime thriller Lone Star, and the film adaptation of John Grisham's novel A Time to Kill made the young actor one of the industry's hottest young leading men inspiring comparisons to actor Paul Newman.

  • When he called himself "a skinny kid with a funny name" at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, his political star was already on the rise. By the time he decimated the competition in 2004 race for the Illinois Senate, he was the bona fide golden child of a Democratic party desperately in need of a winner. In many ways, the story of Barack Obama is a uniquely American tale of the 21st century, where racial lines are blurry and the most interesting chapter is just beginning.

  • This profile of the young comic traces Chappelle's story from his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio to his 2005 escape to South Africa. Find out how the young boy who once idolized the comedy of Bill Cosby became famous for racially provocative and envelope-pushing comedy.

  • A modern renaissance man, Jamie Foxx is one of the most spectacularly versatile performers in show business today. This portrait of Foxx looks at his triumphs in comedy (he starred in the hit TV show, In Living Color), music (he earned a Grammy nomination for his album "Unpredictable"), and film (he won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Ray.)

  • Viewed by some as one of Tinsletown's brightest stars, and by others as a pariah. He's managed to stay on top despite public scandals and outspoken views. Mel Gibson is true Hollywood Icon. From blockbuster action films and successful comedies to critically acclaimed dramas, Gibson has made his mark as a sexy leading man with an edge. But that "edge" comes with a price.

  • Matthew McConaughey was on the way to becoming a lawyer when he picked up the inspirational book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, and decided his real future lay in screen acting. A chance meeting with a casting director in an Austin bar secured his first real film role. The casting director introduced him to director Richard Linklater who gave McConaughey a role in his upcoming film, Dazed and Confused. More roles followed but high-wattage performances in two 1996 movies, the crime thriller Lone Star, and the film adaptation of John Grisham's novel A Time to Kill made the young actor one of the industry's hottest young leading men inspiring comparisons to actor Paul Newman.

  • Paula Abdul is accustomed to the spotlight. With the phenomenal success of American Idol, there are more Paula Abdul fans than ever.

  • The Wahlberg brothers, Mark and Donnie, have taken Hollywood by storm, transitioning from pop music sensations to establishing themselves as successful actors in both television and film. Raised in the rough neighborhood of Dorchester in Boston, the Wahlberg brothers used a combination of street smarts and hard work to become forces to be reckoned with in the entertainment world.

  • Rick Springfield has sold fifteen million records and after nearly thirty years in show business, he still performs with the reckless abandon of a twenty-something rock star. Springfield's hit song, "Jesse's Girl" became the anthem of the 1980's-- a time when his feathered hair, tightly-suited body and boyish face became hallmarks of the era. Concert footage, photos and interviews chronicle his early life in Australia and his career-- a path that has taken him from teen idol to TV soap star to serious rocker.

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