WORLD PREMIERES *NSYNC (12/6), BRITNEY SPEARS (12/13), THE MONKEES (12/19), BILLY RAY CYRUS (12/20), SHERYL CROW (12/20) & BONO (12/27)
From the heights of rock, pop and country to the dark side of fame, this December, Bio presents an all-star musical line-up featuring world premiere episodes of BIOGRAPHY®, the Emmy award-winning documentary series that presents fascinating portraits of exceptional people. All-new episodes include *NSYNC (12/6), BRITNEY SPEARS (12/13), THE MONKEES (12/19), BILLY RAY CYRUS (12/20), SHERYL CROW (12/20) and BONO (12/27).
Premieres December 6 @ 9pm ET/8pm CT/ 10pm PT
This is a portrait of the five-member boy band (Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass & Chris Kirkpatrick) that experienced a remarkably powerful ride up the pop charts and then an equally dramatic breakup. Their success led to millions of album sales, multiple television specials, controversy about the quality of their music and a management scandal. Though Justin Timberlake has emerged as a mega-star and tabloid headliner in his solo career and Joey Fatone has been all over the airwaves recently as a participant in “Dancing with the Stars” and as host of NBC’s “The Singing Bee,” the band members have remained surprisingly close to this day.
BIOGRAPHY®: BRITNEY SPEARS
Premieres December 13 @ 9pm ET/8pm CT/ 10pm PT
Bio chronicles the startling career rise and well publicized descent of the one-time Mousekteer-turned-megastar. Still in her mid-twenties, Spears is one of the best-selling female recording artists in history, with over 83 million discs sold worldwide. Her musical career took off with the release of her debut single, "Hit Me Baby One More Time." While she continued to sell countless albums, her increasingly risqué behavior made her a paparazzi target. Despite the birth of two sons, divorce from Kevin Federline and her bizarre behavior that has left her estranged from her family and former business associates, Spears continues to maintain the interest of her fans.
BIOGRAPHY®: THE MONKEES
Premieres December 19 at 10pm ET/9pm CT/ 11pm PT
Hey, hey, it's The Monkees! Bio presents everything you ever wanted to know about the first of the manufactured bands that shocked the music industry in the 1960s by generating a slew of hit records including "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer." Formed after two TV producers placed an ad for actors to star in a new TV show about a band clearly modeled after the Beatles, the four successful applicants (Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, Davy Jones & Micky Dolenz) became stars in their own right. While it’s true that they sang their own songs, they did not play their own instruments, even though the television show depicted them doing so. One of the most popular bands of their time, The Monkees’ careers as recording artists and performers long outlasted their television series.
BIOGRAPHY®: BILLY RAY CYRUS
Premieres December 20 at 9pm ET/8pm CT/ 10pm PT
Until recently, Billy Ray Cyrus was best known for his smash hit, “Achy Breaky Heart,” a song that had colossal success in the country music circuit in the early 1990s. Today Cyrus maintains a genuine Hollywood star status with a role on the hit Disney Channel series, “Hannah Montana,” where he plays the father of his real-life daughter and star of the show, “Miley Cyrus.” Recently, Cyrus made a strong resurgence back onto the top of the music with his latest album, “Home At Last,” which hit the top 20 on the Billboard charts in July 2007.
BIOGRAPHY®: SHERYL CROW
Premieres December 20 at 10pm ET/9pm CT/ 11pm PT
Nine-time Grammy® winning artist Sheryl Crow blends country, pop, folk and blues rock into sheer brilliance. This portrait of Crow follows her meteoric career from the time she first burst onto the rock scene with her album, “Tuesday Night Music Club,” in 1993. In 2003, she met Lance Armstrong and the two became a high-profile couple; she also became involved in Lance’s LiveStrong Foundation’s fight against cancer. Ironically, days after they broke up, Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer. With the disease now in remission, Crow, the new mother of an adopted baby boy, continues with both her long-time commitment to political activism and to draw crowds wherever she performs.
Premieres December 27 at 9pm ET/8pm CT/ 10pm PT
This is a profile of a music superstar and political activist whose friends include everyone from Bill Clinton, Jack Nicholson and Muhammad Ali. At age 15, Bono's suffered a great loss when his mother died of a brain aneurysm while attending her own father's funeral. At that time, he found himself drawn to music, absorbing inspiration from such bands as Patti Smith, Thin Lizzy and The Ramones. It was around this time that Paul Hewson got his new name -- Bono -- when a friend appropriated it from the Bono Vox hearing aid store. In 1976, after answering an ad asking for someone interested in forming a band, U2 was the improbable result. And, while fronting one of the most successful bands in recent times, Bono has also become a leader for global change, equally renowned for fighting third world poverty and AIDS.