ABC’s ‘Nightline’ comes to primetime

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ABC’s latenight newsmag “Nightline” will get a bit of primetime exposure this summer.

ABC News is rebranding its summer news series “Head Cases” and placing it under the “Nightline” banner.

The short-run news series, now dubbed “Nightline Prime: Secrets of the Mind,” will still bow on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 10 p.m., in the slot being vacated by the end of ABC News’ “Boston Med.”

Alphabet didn’t give a reason for the title change — but perhaps thought the series might benefit from an association with “Nightline,” which continues to perform solidly for ABC in late night.

Adding to the confusion: “Nightline Prime: Secrets of the Mind” is hosted by Martin Bashir. But Bashir just signed off Tuesday night for the final time from “Nightline.” (He’s heading to MSNBC in September.)

According to ABC, “Secrets of the Mind” looks into “how science and technology are enabling us to look inside our heads and affect the processes of the brain.”

THURSDAY UPDATE: ABC officially announced the name change on Thursday — and changed the name yet again! Now it’s being called “Nightlineprime: Secrets of Your Mind — Why We Do What We Do.”

First up, I hope they explain why they decided to make “Nightlineprime” one word.

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