Will Nightline Make It Past 25?

nightline.gifCousin TVNewser points this morning to the L.A. Times’ scoop that last week ABC filmed a pilot episode for a Nightline replacement:

ABC News last week shot a pilot for one possible “Nightline” replacement, a freewheeling show hosted by Washington reporter Jake Tapper and Bill Weir, the co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Good Morning America,” according to two people inside the network. One of the pilot’s top stories was about the Michael Jackson child molestation trial — exactly the kind of tabloid-friendly fodder that the generally sober-minded “Nightline” has tended to avoid.

Disney’s ESPN, meanwhile, is said to be developing an all-sports program for ABC’s 11:35 p.m. slot, presumably in hopes of luring the relatively abundant supply of young men watching TV at that hour.