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ABC’s ‘The Lookout’ a new outlet for ‘Nightline’

June 10, 2013 • Entertainment, National News


This May 2013 publicity image released by ABC shows Bill weir, left, and Cynthia McFadden, of the news magazine show “The Lookout,” in New York. “The Lookout” emphasizes consumer issues with a mix of investigative and trend stories, striving for a hip look that breaks down walls with viewers. (AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik)

NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, Cynthia McFadden, Bill Weir and Terry Moran of ABC’s “Nightline” are still at work at ABC News, and this summer, even non-insomniacs can see them.

The “Nightline” team is behind “The Lookout,” a prime-time newsmagazine that has gotten off to a slow start on Wednesday nights. “The Lookout” is both a chance for the journalists to try something new and an olive branch by network bosses for evicting “Nightline” from a time slot it held for three decades.

At the same time, “Nightline” is changing its focus to respond to a shift that has it starting at 12:37 a.m. now.

“The Lookout” emphasizes consumer issues with a mix of investigative and trend stories, striving for a hip look that breaks down walls with viewers. Weir went to Switzerland to hunt an infomercial king that the U.S. is seeking to pay back customers he misled about a weight-loss product. In a McFadden report, a house with a mold problem was rigged with hidden cameras and contractors were brought in to estimate repair costs.

Jeanmarie Condon, executive producer for both “Nightline” and “The Lookout,” used to work on consumer-oriented programming on the former newsmagazine “Primetime Live.” She believes it’s an underserved area in network news.

“Nobody doesn’t care about getting good value for their money — rich, poor, young and old,” she said.

Weir’s quarry, Kevin Trudeau, complained about “ambush journalism” when the Login to read more

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