News Series 2000 was a television news music package by American composer Frank Gari. It is an updated and expanded version of the "Tar Sequence" cue from the soundtrack to the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke by Lalo Schifrin, used by ABC's owned-and-operated stations for their Eyewitness News bulletins.
The package made its debut in 1983, when Frank Gari was commissioned by Chicago's WLS-TV to create a news music package based on the Schifrin theme. WABC in New York picked up the package a year later, and it quickly spread to ABC's other owned-and-operated stations. In 1990, KABC in Los Angeles became the last ABC-owned station to pick up News Series 2000.
In the early 90s, Schifrin raised his royalties for using Cool Hand Luke and its variations to a level that effectively priced the theme out of the local news market. In 1994, Gari was then commissioned by WABC to compose a new music package called "Eyewitness News". This new package, based slightly on Cool Hand Luke, has been updated several times. On the other hand, Gari also composed a new theme based on an alternate signature logo of "News Series 2000" called News Series 2000 Plus. This package was also commissioned by WLS-TV two years earlier.
|DMA#||DMA Name||Station||Affiliation||Years Used||Other Notes|
|1.||New York City, New York||WABC-TV||ABC||1984-1994|
|2.||Los Angeles, California||KABC-TV||ABC||1990-1995|
|3.||Chicago, Illinois||WLS-TV||ABC||1983-1992||Made a dual debut with KGO-TV|
|6.||San Francisco, California||KGO-TV||ABC||1983-1987||Made a dual debut with WLS-TV|
|10.||Houston, Texas||KTRK-TV||ABC||1984-1995||Commissioned with Turn To signature|
|21.||St. Louis, Missouri||KMOV-TV||CBS||1989-1993|
|29.||Raleigh / Durham, North Carolina||WTVD-TV||ABC, formerly CBS||1985-1992|
|38.||West Palm Beach, Florida||WPTV||NBC||1993-1998|
|43.||New Orleans, Louisiana||WVUE-TV||Fox, formerly ABC||1992-1997|
|52.||Jacksonville, Florida||WJKS (now WCWJ)||The CW, formerly The WB||1985-1991||The package was used while the station was an NBC affiliate with a news operation|
|62.||Mobile, Alabama||WALA-TV||Fox , formerly NBC||1989-1994|
|69.||Green Bay, Wisconsin||WLUK-TV||Fox, formerly NBC||1990-1995||Package used prior to affiliation change|
|73.||Des Moines, Iowa||WHO-TV||NBC||1989-1995|
|93.||Colorado Springs, Colorado||KRDO-TV||ABC||1991-1996|
|95.||Davenport, Iowa||WHBF-TV||CBS, formerly ABC||1985-1989|
|117.||Peoria, Illinois||WHOI-TV||ABC, formerly CBS||1989|
|145.||Joplin, Missouri||KSNF-TV||NBC, formerly CBS||1990-1994|
- SouthernMedia's NMSA - listing of American stations that have used News Series 2000