Primetime Gets A Reprieve
The veteran ABC news magazine Primetime will return to the network's regular lineup next week for a five-episode "themed" series, bannered Primetime: Basic Instinct. The series will feature hidden-camera footage of such situations as how people deal with a prejudiced cab driver or people talking loudly on their cell phones in restaurants. Primetime has used some of the footage in the past. Reporting on the five-episode run, today's (Friday) Hollywood Reporter observed that it was not clear whether Primetime will continue in the time period after it ends. The trade paper quoted Jeffrey Bader, executive VP of ABC Entertainment as saying that Primetime will definitely be given a regular time slot in the summer.