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Net picks up eight more episodes of news series

ABC has picked up eight more episodes of its news series “Primetime: What Would You Do?”

One of ABC News’ “Primetime” newsmag spinoffs, “What Would You Do?” has served as a solid Friday night player for the Alphabet net — so much so that ABC execs considered placing it on the network’s fall schedule.

That idea didn’t come to fruition, but “What Would You Do?” is seen as solid mid-season replacement fare.

ABC News correspondent John Quinones hosts the series that takes real-life dilemmas and uses hidden cameras to see how ordinary people react.

Recent episodes included “Battered Women,” in which actors played an abusive husband and his battered wife in a crowded New Jersey diner; and “She Can’t Take It Anymore,” in which an actress playing a mother forces her kids (also actors) to get out of the car and walk home — in front of bystanders, who react in different ways.

“What Would You Do?” just wrapped a string of four episodes this May, winning its Friday night 9 p.m. timeslot with a 1.9 rating and 6 share among adults 18-49.

Launched in 2007 as a string of specials, “What Would You Do?” was called a ” ‘Candid Camera’ of ethics” by the Columbia Journalism Review.

Newsmag is exec produced by David Sloan.

“Primetime’s” other spinoff series set to return this summer include “Primetime: Mind Games” and “Primetime: Crime.”

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