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TV Guide Orders Second Season of ‘Making News’

TV Guide Network renewed its original summer reality show Making News for a second season with 13 episodes.

Filming entirely on location in Savannah, Ga., Making News: Savannah Style will go behind the scenes of local ABC affiliate WJCL-TV and local Fox affiliate WTGS-TV.

Premiering June 2, Making News: Savannah Style will focus on a two-in-one station – ABC affiliate WJCL-TV and FOX affiliate WTGS-TV – as they try and make their way back from scandal and low ratings with a new and diverse cast of characters.

The city of Savannah is market No. 97 nationwide out of 211 markets; locally, WJCL-TV is No. 3, last in the market and last in ratings. WJCL-TV’s most recent rating was a zero – the lowest rating of any ABC news station in the country.

New Vision Television, which purchased both stations in September, hired a new general manager after the previous one was arrested for embezzling funds from the station. Also newly hired is a self-proclaimed hippie as the news director, set to whip the cast of newbie anchors and reporters, along with the seasoned veterans into shape — all the while trying to reclaim their throne in Savannah and become No. 1 in the market.

Making News: Texas Style was TV Guide Network’s highest-rated original series in summer 2007. During the filming of the show, CBS affiliate KOSA-TV in Midland-Odessa, Texas, went from the No. 2 station in the market to No. 1.