STATUS: previously in development (2007-2008 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release) In the ego-ridden, hyped-up world of local TV news, ratings are everything. A little drizzle turns into "Storm Watch!" An everyday police chase can send otherwise sane news people into convulsions. And reporters go "LIVE" at every opportunity, even if the story happened 12 hours earlier or didn't happen at all. What is a young, eager producer to do when she is challenged at every turn by reporters, anchors and a News Director who undermine her news values? April Tarnoff is sharp, hard-working and wonders how she'll ever succeed in the local news business without completely compromising herself. Now, with a bump to Executive Producer, April has to manage a disinterested boss in mid mid-life crisis; an Emmy-hungry anchorman determined to masquerade as an illegal immigrant and tape his own border crossing; a young, ruthless female reporter with her eye on the anchor desk; and the aging anchorwoman who feels the beautiful up-and-comer breathing down her neck. But possibly the biggest thorn in April's side is Judd Brinkmeyer, a popular investigative reporter who mocks the cheesy stories that seem to dominate the nightly newscasts. The worst part is most of the time April agrees with Judd and can't hide her attraction to him, or forget her history with him. Executive Producer Ric Swartzlander ("Sports Night," "The Ellen Show") has created a show about the real behind-the-scenes drama/comedy of a local television newsroom. He tackles the daily topical issues that face journalists with a hilarious look at the quirky characters who enter our living rooms every evening on The News.