48 Hours Begins Season 30 With a New Emphasis

By Chris Ariens 

60 Minutes at 50.

20/20 at 40.

48 Hours at 30.


Dateline NBC at 26.

The TV news magazine is alive and kicking in 2017.

“This is the best of experiential journalism,” says Susan Zirinsky of her program, CBS’s 48 Hours, which begins its 30th season Saturday night with a new emphasis: taking viewers inside the stories they’re covering.

“With every case, we’re taking the viewer inside the investigation and along the path of discovery taken by our teams,” said Zirinsky. “The viewer is watching and becomes immersed as the correspondent unravels these complex cases.

A new opening sequence will greet viewers in its Saturday night timeslot. Like, Dateline NBC on Friday nights, 48 Hours will launch with back-to-back editions.

“We have the top storytellers in the field, and viewers will sense that they’re standing alongside Erin Moriarty, Peter Van Sant, Maureen Maher, Richard Schlesinger, Tracy Smith and other CBS News correspondents as they uncover information and make sense of these highly emotional, often perplexing cases,” said Zirinsky.

“Our team spends years reporting on some of these cases,” she said. “We’re dedicated to bringing the best original reporting on crime and justice cases that matter.”