ABC Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Great Christmas Light Fight,’ ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Taste’

ABC has laid out some of its winter programming plans, announcing start dates for the return of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and “The Taste” as well as staple “The Bachelor.”

With “Dancing With the Stars” wrapping its fall run the week of Thanksgiving, ABC has set “The Great Christmas Light Flight” for two-hour installments on Mondays starting Dec. 8. Back-to-back episodes will air at 8 and 9 p.m. on Dec. 8, 15 and 22. (The special “CMA Country Christmas” airs on Dec. 1.)

“Light Fight” was a decent performer in its first season last year, building to some good ratings for its finale. During its three-week run, it improved ABC’s performance in the time period by 17% in both adults 18-49 and total viewers vs. its averages in 2012.

The Bachelor” takes over the timeslot starting Jan. 5, and will have an expanded live premiere (8-11 p.m.) for the first time. This year’s bachelor is Chris Soules, a 32-year-old farmer from Iowa who was sent home by Andi Dorfman on “The Bachelorette.”

The Taste,” the search for America’s best undiscovered cook, resumes Thursday, Dec. 4. It will air from 8 to 10 p.m., taking over for “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.” The show features chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson.

ABC did not announce how long “The Taste” will air, but a two-month run would allow “Grey’s” and “Scandal” to air virtually repeat-free from February through the end of the season. The net announced Wednesday that the “TGIT” trio of “Grey’s,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” will have their fall finales on Nov. 20 — the week before Thanksgiving.

The Great Christmas Light Fight” comes from FremantleMedia North America (“American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent”).  Executive producers for the series are Brady Connell, Max Swedlow, Thom Beers and Jennifer Mullin.

“The Taste” is from Kinetic Content and is executive produced by Chris Coelen, Sam Dean, Kathleen Burns, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Brian Smith (who is also the director).

“The Bachelor,” hosted once again by Chris Harrison, is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton and Alycia Rossiter are the executive producers.

 

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