ABC Sets Summer Schedule With Growing Focus on Scripted

The slate includes four dramas including the series debut of 'The Whispers.'
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ABC is focusing more on scripted fare in its summer schedule.

The network on Wednesday released its summer lineup, consisting of seven unscripted series and four dramas, one more than the previous year.

Three new unscripted series — 500 Questions from Mark Burnett and hosted by CNN's Richard Quest; six-episode entry Celebrity Family Feud hosted by Steve Harveyand the revived BattleBots — are set to join summer staples The Bachelorette, Celebrity Wife Swap and Bachelor in Paradise.

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On the scripted side, the network will debut freshman entry The Whispers (formerly known as The Visitors) starring Revenge's Barry Sloane and America Horror Show favorite Lily Rabe on Monday, June 1 at 10 p.m. Whispers will be joined by the return of summer entry Mistresses and Canadian co-production Rookie Blue, as ABC joins networks including CBS and NBC in making scripted series a priority in the traditionally low-rated warm months. 

Missing from ABC's summer lineup is straight-to-series pickup Astronaut Wives Club, which was originally scheduled for summer 2014 before being moved to midseason, where it has yet to earn a slot on the network's schedule. Sources tell THR that the series will indeed be part of ABC's summer schedule, with a date still being worked out.

Here's ABC's summer lineup:

Monday, May 18
9:01-11:00 p.m.                       “The Bachelorette”

Wednesday, May 20                          
8:00-9:00 p.m.                         “500 Questions” (new series premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.                     “Celebrity Wife Swap”

Tuesday, May 26
9:00-11:00 p.m.                       “Extreme Weight Loss”  

Monday, June 1
10:01-11:00 p.m.                    “The Whispers” (new series premiere)

Thursday, June 18
9:00-11:00 p.m.                       “Mistresses”

Sunday, June 21         
8:00-9:00 p.m.                         “Celebrity Family Feud” (new series premiere)
9:00-10:01 p.m.                       “BattleBots” (new series premiere)

Thursday, June 25
10:00-11:00 p.m.                    “Rookie Blue”

Sunday, August 2
8:00-10:01 p.m.                       “Bachelor in Paradise” (special two-hour premiere)

Monday, August 3
8:00-10:01 p.m.                      “Bachelor in Paradise” (time period premiere)

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