'Primetime' on, off again


"20/20" got another year on ABC's schedule, but "Primetime" was assigned another year riding the bench — coming on and off the network as a limited-run series.

It's much the same arrangement announced last year, when "Primetime" lost its regular spot on the ABC schedule and executives pledged the show would return later in the year and through the summer. It responded with a group of limited series, including "Primetime: Basic Instinct," "Primetime: Medical Mysteries" and Primetime: The Outsiders."

In the summer, "Primetime" will debut two new series, "Primetime: Family Secrets" and what is now being titled "Primetime: Crime." Details of those shows will be announced next week.

There will be more details surrounding the new season of "Primetime," but executives said the 2007-'08 order, like this season's, will amount to a full-season order. ABC News executives don't anticipate any changes to staffing levels at "Primetime."

The moves came a day after NBC renewed "Dateline: NBC" for a Saturday run as well as Sundays after the football season ends. Upcoming on Wednesday is a decision on CBS' "48 Hours Mystery," which has been a steady performer in a tough Saturday night time slot. A CBS executive last week said that it was expected to be renewed as well.