2:58pm PT by Kate Stanhope
ABC Orders Singing Show 'Greatest Hits'
ABC is diving back into the music world for its latest unscripted effort.
The network has ordered six episodes of the new series Greatest Hits for a summer launch, it was announced Wednesday.
The series, hosted by Arsenio Hall and country singer Kelsea Ballerini, will see iconic artists as well as current hitmakers take the stage to perform memorable tunes from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.
The episodes will feature special solo performances, never-before-seen duets and tributes. Greatest Hits is set to launch Thursday, June 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
From AEG Ehrlich Ventures, Greatest Hits will be executive produced by Ken Ehrlich, James McKinlay and Raj Kapoor. Leon Knoles will direct, and David Wild will write and produce.
For his part, Hall most recently hosted a syndicated late-night talk show that ran for one season. Ballerini, who received Billboard's Rising Star Award last year, most recently appeared as herself on the ABC country music drama Nashville.
After premiering more scripted original shows last summer, including the limited series Astronaut Wives Club and the sci-fi drama The Whispers, ABC is returning to an unscripted-heavy schedule this coming summer. In addition to the returning quiz show 500 Questions, ABC will have a full night of game show revivals with Celebrity Family Feud, Match Game and $100,000 Pyramid.
The series order for Greatest Hits comes two years after ABC last tried its hand at a music series with the competition show Rising Star, based on an Israeli singing competition show. Featuring judges Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley, as well as host Josh Groban, Rising Star's ratings couldn't compete with rivals like Fox's American Idol and NBC's The Voice and lasted just one season.