Barbara Walters' 10 most fascinating people

"Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008," an hour-long ABC News special highlighting some of the year's most prominent names in entertainment, sports, politics and pop culture, will air Thursday, December 4th at 10:00 p.m. on the ABC7.

Hosted by Barbara Walters, the special includes: Academy Award® nominee and Grammy winner Will Smith, three-time Academy Award® nominee Tom Cruise, Tina Fey, famous for her Sarah Palin impersonation on "Saturday Night Live" and her Emmy Award-winning sitcom, "30 Rock," political commentator Rush Limbaugh, legendary actor and star of "Frost/Nixon" Frank Langella, teen sensation Miley Cyrus, and record breaking Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. Also on the list are Thomas Beatie (the transgendered man who gave birth to a baby girl this past summer) and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

The Number One Most Fascinating Person of 2008 will be announced on the program.

Now in its 16th season, "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People" has consistently been one of the highest rated specials of the year.

"Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008" is executive-produced by Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie. Bill Geddie also directs the program.

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