ABC has slotted new docudrama series “Moment of Truth” to air on Saturday nights this spring, following a one-time Friday airing.
The program, which is exec produced by Maria Awes and Andy Awes for Committee Films in association with ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions, retells first-person accounts of some of the world’s most harrowing tales of survival; it brings them to life with breathtaking dramatizations of the moment before and after life was forever changed.
Each two-hour episode will also feature first-person interviews with the people who lived to tell their stories — and those who were instrumental in helping them survive.
“Moment of Truth” will premiere on Friday, March 6, from 9 to 11 p.m. in the timeslots usually held by “Shark Tank” and “20/20.” The next night it moves to its regular Saturday timeslot, also from 9 to 11.
The ratings bar is pretty low on Saturday, which can make it a good night on which for the networks to experiment. Last spring, “Bet on Your Baby,” “Sing Your Face Off” and “Nightline Prime” all generated modest ratings on Saturday night for ABC.
“Saturday nights are the perfect time to sit on the edge of your couch, make some popcorn, and tune in for these incredible gripping and thrilling true stories of the moment when life and death meet,” said Morgan Hertzan, VP and executive in charge of Lincoln Square Productions.