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4 ‘Crusaders’ set for Sept. bow

Buena Vista Television’s “The Crusaders” has named four local TV journalists to host its upcoming weekly investigative advocacy series, “The Crusaders.”

As expected, the syndicator has dropped the show’s original single-host format.

Disney-owned KCAL-TV anchor Pat Harvey appeared in the pilot as anchor, but her future was sealed when the indie’s sister syndie wing cut a deal with the NBC O&Os.

Filling the anchor roles for the series, which makes its debut Sept. 10 in the hopes of becoming a strip the following season, are Mark Hyman, a reporter for WSB-TV in Atlanta; William La Jeunesse, investigative reporter from KNSD-TV in San Diego; urban affairs reporter Howard Thompson from WNBC-TV, New York, and human interest reporter Carla Wohl from WTNH-TV in Hartford, Conn.

Overall, “The Crusaders” will have a 16-member reporting team. The program will originate from Burbank, with each hourlong episode featuring three major stories in addition to short segs.

The show’s previously announced exec producer, John Butte, has brought former “60 Minutes” producer Greg Cooke and indie news producer Edward J. Asiano on board as senior producers.

David Lowe, who spent 17 years with CBS News in various capacities, will serve as coordinating producer, and another “60 Minutes” vet, Grace Diekhaus, will act as a consultant.

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