News junkies are about to get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of two local stations in Mississippi.
ABC affiliate WBG and CBS affiliate WXVT will be appearing in truTV’s new reality series, “Breaking Greenville.”
In TheWrap’s exclusive preview, WXVT’s anchor and meteorologist, Steve Schill, gives station newbie, Eric Zernich, a lesson in “Weather 101.”
“Give the ladies a show, buns,” the veteran weatherman tells his disciple.
The new guy takes his words a bit too literally giving viewers a little more… derriere.
“It takes an intense passion,” says Schill. “But aside from the passion, you also have to have a skill set. You can’t be just passionate.”
The docu-soap spotlights the playful – and at times cutthroat – rivalry between the stations and the dynamic newscasters who are determined to win the ratings war in one of the country’s smallest markets.
“Being that I’m so new to this, I’m still learning what it takes to be great,” says Zernich.
What happens in the Mississippi Delta doesn’t usually make national headlines. But, that doesn’t mean reporters aren’t taking it seriously. Whether it’s a cat stuck in a tree, or a low-pressure storm system, this group of competing news frenemies learns fast that making something out of nothing can be challenging.
“One, you have to be accurate,” explains co-anchor Vernon Turner. “Two, to be on camera, you have to be entertaining.”
In the series premiere, small market rival TV stations get too close for comfort in the ratings, inciting a war of one-upmanship between hyper-driven morning show anchors, Lucy Biggers and Callie Carroll.
From stealing guests, to live-on-camera weight loss stunts, nothing is off limits when it comes to TV personalities fighting to be No. 1.
Watch the exclusive sneak peek here.
“Breaking Greenville” debuts Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30 p.m. on truTV.