12:30pm PT by Michael O'Connell
ABC Pairs Shonda Rhimes' 'Still Star-Crossed' With 'Bachelorette,' Sets Summer Schedule
But soft, what news through yonder email breaks? ABC has finally dated Shonda Rhimes' spin on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Still Star-Crossed, which at one point was considering a title change, is finally set to premiere Monday, May 29.
ABC is giving the new drama, Rhimes' fourth current production at the network, the best lead-in it has. It will air after The Bachelorette, which will return the Monday prior, May 22, with its first non-white lead in Texas attorney Rachel Lindsay.
Another buzzy scripted effort, Downward Dog, will get an in-season sampling after the May 17 Modern Family finale before it shifts to Tuesdays the following week. The network has a pretty beefy summer slate. In addition to the slew of throwback game shows that it's been spinning — Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, To Tell the Truth — there's also a revival of The Gong Show set to air Thursdays after new competition Boy Band.
Family Feud host Steve Harvey, who has no shortage of TV gigs, gets a second vehicle on the network with Steve Harvey's Funderdome. It enters the Sunday lineup on June 11.
But it's not all alternative. Despite the reality-heavy roster, which also includes the Aug. 14 return of Bachelor in Paradise and the previously announced revival of Battle of the Network Stars (June 29), ABC has scripted efforts in its Dirty Dancing movie remake (May 24) and Korean drama adaptation Somewhere Between (July 24).
See below for the complete (and lengthy) rundown of dates.
Wednesday, May 17
9:31-10 p.m. ET/PT Downward Dog (Sneak Preview)
Sunday, May 21
8-11 p.m. Billboard Music Awards
Monday, May 22
9-11 p.m. The Bachelorette (Season 13 Premiere)
Tuesday, May 23
8-8:30 p.m. Downward Dog (Time-Period Premiere)
Wednesday, May 24
8-11 p.m. Dirty Dancing (Three-Hour Movie Event)
Monday, May 29
10:01-11 p.m. Still Star-Crossed (Series Premiere)
Sunday, June 11
8-9 p.m. Celebrity Family Feud (Season 3 Premiere)
9-10 p.m. Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (Series Premiere)
10-11 p.m. $100,000 Pyramid (Season 2 Premiere)
Wednesday, June 14
10-11 p.m. To Tell the Truth
Thursday, June 22
8-10 p.m. Boy Band (Two-Hour Series Premiere)
10-11 p.m. The Gong Show (Series Premiere)
Thursday, June 29
8-9 p.m. Boy Band
9-10 p.m. Battle of the Network Stars (Series Premiere)
Wednesday, July 12
8-11 p.m. The 2017 ESPYS
Monday, July 24
10:01-11 p.m. Somewhere Between (Series Premiere)
Monday, July 31
8-10 p.m. The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All
Tuesday, Aug. 1
8-11 p.m. CMA Fest 2017
Tuesday, Aug. 8
8-10 p.m. Bachelor in Paradise (Season 4 Premiere)
Wednesday, Aug. 9
9-11 p.m. The Story of Diana: Part One
Thursday, Aug. 10
9-11 p.m. The Story of Diana: Part Two
Monday, Aug. 14
8-10:01 p.m. Bachelor in Paradise (Time Period Premiere)