“Primetime Thursday” Theme


In 1998 Primetime Live disappeared in name but stayed around in spirit, only to make a full comeback as Primetime Thursday. All of ABC’s news magazines in the late 90’s were merged into editions of 20/20 so that ABC had just one news magazine brand with multiple editions a week, like Dateline NBC. So Primetime Live became 20/20 Thursday. While it worked for NBC – which at its peak aired four editions of Dateline a week – it did not work for ABC. In 2000 Primetime Live returned as Primetime Thursday. Diane Sawyer now anchored the program alongside Charles Gibson. Why did they not reinstate the name Primetime Live? Well, the program wasn’t live anymore but pretaped. Both anchors had early morning duties at Good Morning America, which was preventing them from anchoring a live weekly news magazine in primetime. During this era of the broadcast, which lasted from 2000 to 2004, they used an update of the original Primetime Live theme. The orchestration was slightly updated and it is significantly shorter.

Bill Conti - Primetime Thursday theme

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