TV Guide announces new 'Making News: Texas Style' reality series
By Christopher Rocchio, 02/06/2007
TV Guide Channel, already the home of Idol Tonight, a live American Idol pre-show program, is jumping onto the reality TV bandwagon with an original reality series of its own.
The network has announced that it has begun production of Making News: Texas Style, a new reality series that will point the cameras in the other direction and offer viewers a look at what happens behind-the-scenes of CBS affiliate KOSA-TV based in Midland-Odessa, TX.
"Making News: Texas Style is TV Guide Channel's first original reality series and as such, we are looking forward to bringing our viewers inside the world of what it takes to produce and broadcast such an important piece of television on a daily basis." TV Guide Channel president Ryan O'Hara stated in the network's show announcement.
"When we watch the local news, we all kind of instinctively know that a lot of hard work and effort went into making it, but I don't think most of us know how incredibly frantic, funny and improvised the making of a local-news broadcast can be," Making News executive producer Nick Davis added.
The 13-episode original weekly series started filming in late January on location in Odessa, a west Texas city of about 93,000 residents. KOSA-TV is one of 10 local television stations that covers Odessa, as well as it's sister/rival city Midland. Making News: Texas Style will examine what it takes to run a local news station and follow the cast of anchors, reporters, trainees and producers at KOSA-TV as they create nightly newscasts.
"With KOSA-TV allowing us to be here with our cameras, now we'll be able to show viewers that process from start to finish and get to know a really incredible group of people who devote their lives to this phenomenon of the local newscast," said Davis, who is executive producing the series for Nick Davis Productions.