‘Downtown’ back up at ABC

McGrady: Show would likely fill gap in case of strike

NEW YORK — ABC is heading “Downtown” once again.

ABC News’ “20/20 Downtown” will return to the alphabet web’s primetime sked, beginning in mid-June.

The newsmag, which was initially launched in 1999, will air throughout the summer with a full slate of originals, initially on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET, then, starting Aug. 1, on Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

Elizabeth Vargas, Cynthia McFadden and John Quinones will continue to anchor the show, which left the sked in January when ABC devoted the night to its “Monday Night Movie” and the preem of “Gideon’s Crossing.”

David Tabacoff will exec produce the newsmag, which is known for covering edgier fare.

ABC’s fall sked hasn’t yet been decided, so it’s unclear if “Downtown” will return in the fall. But, if there’s a writers’ and actors’ strike, “Downtown” would likely help to fill the gap, according to Phyllis McGrady, senior VP, early morning, primetime programming and development, ABC News.

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