Network schedules original scripted and reality shows
NBA fans, get ready to learn a lot about ABC’s summer lineup.The Alphabet will utilize its late May finales, coupled with the early June NBA Finals, to launch a summer schedule heavy on scripted originals and returning reality skeins. ABC, whose serialized hits don’t repeat well, will utilize some of its existing drama timeslots to test out new scripted hours. That includes new drama “The Gates,” about a creepy mountain community, which will air Sundays at 9 p.m. starting June 20 (in the “Desperate Housewives” slot — trading one strange suburb for another). Also that night at 10, the comedy/drama “Scoundrels” launches. Like “Brothers and Sisters” — the show it will replace during the summer months — “Scoundrels” is about a dysfunctional family. ABC’s other summer drama, “Rookie Blue” (formerly “Copper”), bows later that week, June 24, at 9 p.m. “Rookie” centers on five new cops straight out of the police academy. “Scoundrels” comes from ABC Studios, while “The Gates” is from Fox TV Studios and “Rookie Blue” from E1. “The Gates” and “Rookie” are international co-productions, which make them economically feasible in the summer (where the networks have traditionally struggled with scripted fare.) Returning reality entries include “The Bachelorette,” which launches on Monday, May 24, at 9 p.m., before sliding down to its normal 8 p.m. slot the following week. Also on May 31, the second season of Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher’s “True Beauty” will bow, at 10 p.m., behind “The Bachelorette.” The next night, the two-hour return of “Wipeout” airs at 8 p.m. The June 1 launch of “Wipeout” will face off against Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” “Wipeout” will then take an NBA break and return with its regular premiere on June 22 at 8. Newcomer “Downfall,” yet another primetime gameshow, launches the following week on June 29 at 9 p.m., behind “Wipeout.” ABC’s second wave of reality shows then commences on Monday, Aug. 9, as “The Bachelor” spinoff “Bachelor Pad” takes over at 8. The second season of “Dating in the Dark” also returns that night at 10. On Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 9 p.m., Shaquille O’Neal’s “Shaq Vs.” returns for season two. ABC News is also busy this summer, with several productions set to launch — starting with “Boston Med,” which will air Thursdays at 10 p.m. (in the “Private Practice” slot) starting June 24. When that show is completed, ABC News’ “Head Cases” will take over the slot starting Aug. 19. “Primetime: Mind Games” — a five-episode series looking at real-life, twisted cases — airs Tuesdays at 10 starting July 20. And “Primetime: Crime” fills that slot starting Aug. 24. ABC hasn’t yet announced its summertime specials, and may still have a few more late-summer series in the works.