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ABC is doubling up on game shows in its summer schedule, which will feature as much original programming as it has in years.
The network will have first-run shows on five nights — Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday — for much of the summer, including two three-hour blocks of game shows, a third two-hour set of family-friendly competitions, a pair of new scripted series and an unbroken run for the Bachelor franchise starting in early May.
“We’re determined to make ABC the No. 1 destination for summer fun in every way,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said Wednesday in a statement. “We’re giving fans more of what they love by adding a third day of ‘Summer Fun & Games,’ continuing the Bachelor franchise every week and debuting two new, bold dramas perfect for summer nights.”
In addition to the usual Sunday lineup of Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid and To Tell the Truth, ABC will stack another night of game-show revivals on Wednesdays. Press Your Luck will lead the night, followed by the Joel McHale-hosted Card Sharks and the returning Match Game.
On Thursdays, the mini-golf competition Holey Moley, from executive producer and NBA star Stephen Curry, will kick off the night and flow into Family Food Fight, a cooking competition hosted and executive produced by best-selling cookbook author Ayesha Curry. The new action drama Reef Break, starring Poppy Montgomery, caps the evening.
Prior to The Bachelorette‘s May 13 premiere, ABC will air a special called (deep breath) Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever! (exclamation mark theirs) on May 6. After Hannah proposes to her soulmate (or not!), Bachelor in Paradise will take over the Monday-at-8-p.m. slot starting July 29.
The soapy drama Grand Hotel is the other new scripted series; it will follow The Bachelorette starting June 17. The network will also broadcast the NBA Finals starting May 30 and the ESPY Awards on July 10.
ABC’s full list of summer premiere dates, including those previously announced, is below (all times ET/PT).
Friday, May 10
8 p.m.: Agents of SHIELD
9 p.m.: What Would You Do?
Monday, May 13
8 p.m.: The Bachelorette
Sunday, June 9
8 p.m.: Celebrity Family Feud
9 p.m.: The $100,000 Pyramid
10 p.m.: To Tell the Truth
Wednesday, June 12
8 p.m.: Press Your Luck
9 p.m.: Card Sharks
10 p.m.: Match Game
Monday, June 17
10 p.m.: Grand Hotel
Thursday, June 20
8 p.m.: Holey Moley
9 p.m.: Family Food Fight
10 p.m.: Reef Break
Monday, July 29
8 p.m.: Bachelor in Paradise
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