ABC announces summer schedule

5:08 PM PST 04/07/2010 by James Hibberd, AP

Lineup features lots of scripted series, two new reality shows

ABC revealed a summer schedule containing the largest number of scripted efforts seen at the network in years, along with a pair of new reality shows.

The lineup seeks to add year-around consistency to ABC's schedule by keeping original dramas airing Sundays and Thursdays and reality shows Mondays and Tuesdays.

Beginning June 20, Sunday nights will see the premiere of supernatural crime drama "The Gates" and the lighter family drama "Scoundrels." The former is about a police chief (Nick Monahan) investigating supernatural crimes in a mountain town. "Scoundrels" centers on the mother (Virginia Madsen) of a family of small-time criminals.

Mondays will continue to mine "The Bachelor" franchise, first with "The Bachelorette" launching May 24, then joined May 31 by the return of "True Beauty." Then new spinoff "Bachelor Pad," which has former contestants living together, takes over the Monday slot Aug. 9. The show is joined by the return of "Dating in the Dark."

"Wipeout" returns to Tuesdays with a preview June 1 ahead of its regular premiere June 22. The network will pair it with the new game show "Downfall" on June 29, with "Shaq Vs." returning Aug. 10.

On June 24, new procedural drama "Rookie Blue" and the documentary hospital program "Boston Med" will take over Thursdays. "Rookie" centers on a young female cop (Missy Peregrym), and the unscripted "Boston" follows up on last year's documentary, "Hopkins." Another medical documentary series, "ABC News Head Cases," takes over the slot Aug. 19.

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