Barbara Walters Returns to 20/20 with Special Report on Progeria: ‘When 7 Looks Like 70′

What happens to a family when a child’s birth becomes a medical mystery? Barbara Walters reports on Kaylee Halko and Lindsay Ratcliffe, two vibrant young girls who suffer from a rapid aging disease called progeria, a fatal condition that currently affects 68 known children in the world. The disease causes children to age at 10 times the normal rate. It’s extremely rare – occurring in only one in four to eight million births – and always fatal. On average, children die at the age of 13.

Walters also interviews one of the oldest surviving children with progeria and explores the secrets of aging that her body may reveal.

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Dramatic Life Changes Chronicled in ABC News 20/20 ‘Before and After’ Edition, August 6

Among those profiled on the Before and After edition of ABC’s 20/20 on Friday, August 6:

  • David Smith, a former friendless shut-in who once weighed 630 lbs, lost an astounding 401 lbs with the help of his first true friend, a fitness trainer named Chris Powell. Not only did Powell help with the weight loss, he was instrumental in helping Smith – painfully shy and awkward around women – hit the singles scene in search of true love. Smith’s incredible transformation even led him to become a personal trainer himself. Chris Connelly reports.

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ABC News Explores Real Life ‘Superhumans’ on 20/20 Special, June 1

Superpowers are usually associated with action superheroes like Superman and Batman. And right now, from hit movies like “Iron Man 2″ to weekly fan conventions across the country, superheroes are bigger than ever. ABC invites you to meet real people with superpowers they’ve developed by dedicating their lives to the basic human urge to overcome limitations to soar by unlocking abilities hidden deep within. A Special Edition of “20/20″ looks at everyday men and women with unbelievable powers, including:

  • A man able to survive 72 minutes in the North Pole in nothing but shorts

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ABC News to Begin Offering Content on Hulu

ABC News today announced that ABC News programming from its platforms and shows will be featured on a branded page on Hulu, an online video service. The site will feature short form news content and long form programming from morning to night — including “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “This Week,” “20/20? and “Primetime” limited series.

“We’re happy to be able to provide our audience with another way to watch ABC News,” said David Westin, President, ABC News. “We look forward to sharing our reporting with users on one of the top video destinations on the Internet.”

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Special Edition of 20/20 Looks at the Inspiration Behind ‘The Blind Side’

ABC News goes behind the motion picture “The Blind Side,” following the real life story of Michael Oher’s journey from the projects in Memphis, Tennessee, to realizing his dream of playing professional football. Today he is a rookie tackle with the Baltimore Ravens. Anchored by Deborah Roberts, the special includes Oher’s first sit down interview as well as interviews with the entire real life family – mother Leigh Anne Tuohy, husband Sean Tuohy and children Sean Jr., and daughter Collins.  Additionally, the hour will include interviews with Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw.

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Disney/ABC Television Group Scores 60 Primetime Emmy Nominations

The Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) captured 60 Primetime Emmy nominations, it was announced today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This total reflects nominations for ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC.com and Disney Channel programming.

The ABC Television Network received 56 nominations, including a Drama Series and Writing in a Drama Series nomination for previous Emmy winner “Lost,” produced by ABC Studios, and key nominations in the acting categories: Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Sally Field for “Brothers and Sisters”; Christina Applegate captured a Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nomination for her starring role in “Samantha Who?”; Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson both were recognized in the Supporting Actress Drama category for their roles on “Grey’s Anatomy”; “Lost’s” Michael Emerson, a past Emmy winner for a guest appearance on “The Practice,” captured his third straight Supporting Actor nomination as the mysterious Benjamin Linus; William Shatner was recognized with a Supporting Actor nomination for the last season of “Boston Legal,” along with his co-star Christian Clemenson; Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nominations went to previous Emmy nominees Kristin Chenoweth for “Pushing Daisies” and Vanessa Williams for “Ugly Betty.”

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