Tonight, we debut our two new 30-minute shows in place of "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" on your ABC Action News station beginning at 7 p.m. We know you'll miss seeing the game shows, but we're confident you'll love the new and innovative programs taking their spots.
"The List" debuts at 7 p.m., a nightly news magazine show connecting news with pop culture. The show is designed to entertain and pull back the curtain on the top-trending stories of the day, including money-saving tips and inspiring stories.
"The List" will give viewers advice to make life better, and include videos and tips to be shared with friends and family. Its storytelling is aimed squarely at wallets, hearts and funny bones, using an ensemble cast of national and local video bloggers, web content experts, and multimedia journalists covering national topics with availability for localized content.
Rick Joyce, executive producer of "The List," spent 10 years as news director of "Entertainment Tonight" and created and executive produced the entertainment website, www.HollywoodIntel.com.
Filling the 7:30 p.m. slot daily is "Let's Ask America," a game show unlike any other. Instead of being in the studio, contestants play the game from the comfort of their own home. The game show asks America a variety of current event questions, giving players the chance to win cash and prizes from their couches.
Jim Paratore, the show's executive producer, is the creator and executive producer of TMZ and a former executive producer of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Lopez Tonight.
"We launch these new shows with great confidence that they will engage a broad audience that will be attractive to advertisers," said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division. "We have invested many months of research to find winning formulas that will inform and entertain audiences. Our extensive testing convinced us that we have the ingredients for some of the most-appealing new content to be introduced in the access and early-fringe hours in many years."
Tampa, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Phoenix, Cleveland and Tulsa are the first Scripps markets to launch the new programs. When contracts for other syndicated shows expire in the remaining Scripps markets, Detroit, Denver, San Diego, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Mo., West Palm Beach, Fla., and Bakersfield, Calif., "Let's Ask America" and "The List" will move into those time slots.
For a list of ABC shows and times, follow this link: http://beta.abc.go.com/shows.