Television: The 10 O'Clock News

Dateline NBC keeps multiplying. Barbara and Diane may team up. Can a prime-time network newscast be far behind?

Hollywood is busy right now, as the networks scramble to put together their fall schedules and wrestle with such weighty problems as which show will get Seinfeld's time slot and how quickly they can clone Ally McBeal. This spring, however, the most intriguing moves are being contemplated at the network news divisions. The result could be a big step on the road to a long dreamed of, but never realized, goal: a network newscast in the lucrative, heavily viewed hours of prime time.

ABC News executives are mulling a radical overhaul of their two successful magazine shows, merging PrimeTime Live and...

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