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ABC summer features familiar titles

Six returning shows will join three new series

ABC’s summer sked will combine five established reality shows along with two new ones, as well as returning cop drama “Rookie Blue” and a new true-crime skein.

The shows, which roll out from mid-May through July, will occupy the nights of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Just about the only block of scripted programs likely to air in repeats during summer will be the net’s Wednesday comedies.

The summer slate announced Thursday kicks off with the latest season of “The Bachelorette,” which will air in the Monday 8-10 p.m. slot that has become a rotating wheel of femme-friendly reality contests for the net. “Bachelorette” bows May 14, taking over from “Dancing With the Stars,” and will be followed on July 23 with the third season of “Bachelor Pad.”

On Tuesdays, the net will wait until after the NBA Finals in June before kicking off its programming. On July 10, the new half-hour studio-based improv series “Trust Us With Your Life” will bow with back-to-back episodes from 9 to 10 p.m. before assuming its regular 9 o’clock slot.

Show is from the creators of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and incudes Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie as regular comedians. It will be hosted by Fred Willard and feature celebrities like Ricky Gervais, David Hasselhoff, Jane Seymour and Serena Williams.

At 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, the net will air true-crime series “Final Witness,” which will examine one case from start to finish, taking viewers inside the murder from the victim’s point of view. It also bows July 10.

Thursday, May 24 will see the series premiere of “Duets,” which takes Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie and others out on individual journeys across America looking for undiscovered talent worthy of being their proteges; the winning amateur will receive a recording contract. Show will air from 8 to 10 p.m. each week.

Also that night, drama “Rookie Blue” returns for a third season on ABC, airing at 10.

After the NBA Finals, “Wipeout” returns to the net, airing Thursdays at 9.

Sunday will see a teaming of two reality shows that worked fairly well in the regular season.

“Secret Millionaire” from Zodiak USA Productions, returns Sunday, June 3 and will air at 8. It will be followed the same night by “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” from 9 to 11.

“Duets” is a production of Keep Calm and Carry On Productions. Emmy winner Robert Deaton (“CMA Awards”) is exec producer. Emmy winner Charles Wachter (“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”) is co-exec producer.

“Trust Us With Your Life” is produced by Angst Productions. Dan Patterson (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) is exec producer.

“Final Witness” is produced for ABC by Lincoln Square Productions. Executive producers are Rudy Bednar and Christine Connor.

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