ABC Slates ‘Primetime’ Episodes

Nov 29, 2006  •  Post A Comment

“Primetime” will return to the ABC lineup with a five-part series subtitled “Basic Instincts” airing at 10 p.m. Wednesdays starting Dec. 6.

It’s the first of the “collection of limited series” David Sloan, executive producer of “Primetime” and “20/20,” has been developing while awaiting word that the network needed the newsmagazine to plug a hole in which an entertainment vehicle had stalled.

Then, over the Thanksgiving weekend ABC summarily yanked “The Nine,” a series that was popular with critics but not with the general population. A John Stossel special, “Cheap in America,” will focus on charity in this country. The network is giving “Men in Trees” a test run in the cushy time slot behind “Gray’s Anatomy” at 10 p.m. Thursdays, “Primetime’s” old home spot.

“Basic Instincts” will explore theories about people’s decision-making processes in situations ranging from whether or not to mind one’s own business to weight loss and reaction to authority.

Next in the pipeline: four more episodes of “Medical Mysteries,” which “Primetime” found some success with last summer, and five episodes called “The Outsiders.”

Mr. Sloan said Tuesday that he’s fully prepared to be a “regular fixture” on the lineup, or to help out on a “per order” basis.

Going up against CBS’s “CSI: NY” and NBC’s “Medium” doesn’t daunt Mr. Sloan. His recollection of a 1993 “20/20” stint at 10 p.m. is that the time slot tends to be “demographically rich” with a “lot of eyeballs. I think it will be a very, very interesting time period for us,” he said.