12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
ABC Sets Summer Schedule, Will Bow Five Scripted Dramas
ABC has set its summer schedule, announcing premiere dates for four new series and returning favorites.
Limited series Black Box, starring Kelly Reilly, will kick off the season on Thursday, April 24, taking over the slot occupied by Shonda Rhimes' red-hot Scandal, which will have ended its run the week prior.
The network's lineup includes five scripted series as broadcasters increasingly add original programming to summer rosters previously dominated by unscripted fare as part of the larger push for year-round originals.
ABC's big singing competition series Rising Star will get the prime Sunday at 9 p.m. slot starting in June following a two-hour premiere of Wipeout. Jimmy Kimmel's NBA Finals specials will air in primetime each night of the series starting with Game 1 on June 5.
Here's the network's complete summer schedule:
Thursday, April 24, 10-11 p.m. Black Box (new series premiere)
Sunday, May 18, 8-11 p.m. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards
Monday, May 19, 9:30-11 p.m. The Bachelorette
Wednesday, May 21, 10-11 p.m. Motive
Monday, May 26, 8-10 p.m. The Bachelorette (regular time period premiere)
Tuesday, May 27, 8-10 p.m. Extreme Weight Loss
Saturday, May 31, 8-9 p.m. Bet on Your Baby
Monday, June 2, 10:01-11 p.m. Mistresses
Thursday, June 5, 8-8:30 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night
Thursday, June 19, 8-9 p.m. The Quest (new series premiere)
Sunday, June 22, 7-9 p.m. Wipeout (special two-hour premiere)
Sunday, June 22, 9-11 p.m. Rising Star (new series premiere)
Tuesday, June 24, 10-11 p.m. NY Med
Sunday, June 29, 8-9 p.m. Wipeout (regular time period premiere)
Thursday, July 17, 10-11 p.m. Rookie Blue
Thursday, July 24, 9-10 p.m. The Astronaut Wives Club (new series premiere)
Monday, Aug. 4, 8-10 p.m. Bachelor in Paradise (new series premiere)