ABC Pays Aretha Franklin Respect With Special ’20/20′ Episode; Other Tributes Planned


ABC’s 20/20 will air a special one-hour edition tonight honoring the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin using never-before-seen tour footage and an interview with the producer of an upcoming Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson.

Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T will feature footage from the ABC News archives, including Diane Sawyer’s 2000 profile that included a trip with Franklin to her Detroit hometown. Also in the special will be interviews with biopic producer Harvey Mason Jr. and The Blues Brothers director John Landis.

Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T airs tonight at 8/7c pm on ABC.

Other tributes to the Queen of Soul, who died this morning of pancreatic cancer, include:

  • OWN’s re-airing this Saturday of a 1999 interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In addition to discussing her then-new autobiography Aretha: From These Roots, Franklin performs “Think,” “Respect,” “We Need Power” and a medley of songs in honor of her father. Remembering Aretha Franklin: The Oprah Interview airs Saturday, 8:00 pm ET/PT on OWN;
  • BET Networks is remembering Franklin with music video marathons across four channels today. Originally scheduled programming is being preempted in various blocks on BET Soul, BET Jams, BET Hip Hop and
    BET Her;
  • SiriusXM today is honoring Franklin with tributes on its channels Soul Town, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio, SiriusXM VOLUME, Heart & Soul, 60s on 6, 70s on 7 and 80s on 8.

Deadline will update this post as additional programming is announced.

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