Long-Running Late-Night Show Expands Into Prime Time Variety
A program that has become an institution on late-night broadcast TV is expanding into prime time. Variety reports that the long-running ABC news program “Nightline” will receive a prime-time run on Saturday nights starting this week with a one-hour program called “Nightline Prime."
The addition means that ABC will join NBC and CBS in airing a news division program on Saturday nights, the story notes.
“Nightline Prime” will give viewers the sense of being in the middle of the stories that are being reported, by giving journalists small cameras to tape the stories they’re covering, the story reports.
“In one episode, journalists will ride shotgun with a group of motorcyclists as they attempt to shut down traffic in the heart of one American city in a high-speed game of cat-and-mouse with police," the article reports. "In another, they venture into the barrios of Latin America to witness a dangerous underground trade in extreme beauty where young women in off-the-radar backroom clinics risk their lives for a new body."
The show will air at 9 p.m. Saturdays, going up against the second hour of NBC’s “Dateline Mystery.” CBS airs “48 Hours” at 10 p.m.