ABC will launch a newsmagazine for the YouTube era this summer, spinning stories from the mountains of user-generated videos available online.
The new show, which carries the curious title of "i-CAUGHT," will sift through the burgeoning online-video realm -- as well as take submissions on its own web site -- and delve into the stories of what's being captured and the people who made and appeared in the videos. "Good Morning America" weekend host Bill Weir will anchor the show.
"i-CAUGHT" is scheduled to premiere Monday, Aug. 6 and run for six weeks. ABC News is also planning a couple of "Primetime" miniseries, titled "Crime" and "Family Secrets," a five-week look behind the scenes of NASCAR (which, not coincidentally, will air on ABC and sibling ESPN this summer) and specials on the British royal family and how Elvis Presley helped remake Las Vegas.
The "i-CAUGHT" web site should be running by mid-June, allowing viewers to upload videos they've captured. ABC will add its own material in the weeks after that.
ABC says the program will investigate "the motivation, the context and the people" behind some of the videos from a variety of sources, including webcams, cell phones and surveillance cameras. The show will also examine "what happens to the people involved after their video is seen publicly."
"Primetime: Family Secrets" will begin airing on Tuesdays in late June. The six-part series will include the story of a mother accused of killing her husband and a story on the Hollywood Baldwins -- which will feature Daniel Baldwin giving cameras access to his stint in rehab. The "Crime" series, which is pretty self-explanatory, will follow in August, as will "NASCAR in Primetime," which begins Aug. 8.
"Elvis: Viva Las Vegas" is scheduled to premiere in mid-September. An airdate for the two-hour special on the royal family, titled "The Real Queen: A Year Inside the Monarchy," hasn't been set.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times