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ABC Summer Sked Takes Flight With Four Original Dramas

ABC is diving deeper into the scripted pool this summer, with the network on Monday announcing four dramas among its dozen new and returning firstrun series to premiere in mid-May or later.

“The Astronaut Wives Club,” the lone new ABC drama to bow this summer, will air Thursdays at 9 p.m., starting July 24. The 10-episode limited series tells the story of the women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history.

It stars JoAnna Garcia, Odette Annable, Zoe Boyle, Azure Parsons and Desmond Harrington. The series is produced by ABC Studios, Fake Empire and Groundswell.

“Astronaut” will be followed on Thursdays by “Rookie Blue,” the cop series back for a fifth season.

As previously announced, ABC will premiere drama “Black Box” on Thursday, April 24, taking the place of “Scandal,” which wraps its season on April 17. “Black Box” is scheduled to air into the first half of summer before “Rookie Blue” takes over the 10 p.m. timeslot.

“The Bachelorette” returns for another season on Monday, May 19, airing from 9:30 to 11 p.m. before switching to its regular 8-10 p.m. timeslot the following week. Returning drama “Mistresses” (pictured) will air at 10 p.m. on Mondays, starting June 2.

In the second half of summer, starting Aug. 4, “The Bachelorette” gives way to the premiere of new series “Bachelor in Paradise.” The six-week show features former contestants from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” as they live together in an isolated romantic paradise.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, “Bachelor in Paradise” is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are executive producers.

ABC’s two other new reality shows, “The Quest” and “Rising Star” will premiere in the days after the conclusion of the NBA Finals on ABC.

Adventure series “The Quest,” from the producers of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy as well as the producers of “The Amazing Race,” will air Thursdays at 8 starting June 19.

Music competition “Rising Star” premieres Sunday June 22 from 9 to 11 p.m., where it will follow veteran “Wipeout.”

“Star,” in which the audience has the final say in real time, is from Keshet DCP. Ken Warwick (“American Idol”) and Nicolle Yaron (“The Voice”) are executive producing.

On Tuesdays, returning unscripted competition “Extreme Weight Loss” bows May 27 will air from 8 to 10. It will be followed at 10 p.m. (starting June 24) by real-life medical series “NY Med.”

Other returning series are drama “Motive” on Wednesday at 10 starting May 21, and reality show “Bet On Your Baby,” set for Saturdays at 8 p.m. starting May 31.

Special “Game Night” episodes of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will air in primetime on the nights ABC telecasts the NBA Finals, starting June 5.

 

Here are the series that will air this summer on ABC, along with their premiere dates:

Thursday, April 24
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Black Box” (new series premiere)

Monday, May 19
9:30 – 11:00 p.m. “The Bachelorette”

Wednesday, May 21
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Motive

Monday, May 26
8:00-10:00 p.m. “The Bachelorette” (regular time period premiere)

Tuesday, May 27
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Extreme Weight Loss”

Saturday, May 31
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Bet On Your Baby”

Monday, June 2
10:01-11:00 p.m. “Mistresses”

Thursday, June 5
8:00-8:30 p.m. “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night”

Thursday, June 19
8:00-9:00 p.m. “The Quest” (new series premiere)

Sunday, June 22
7:00-9:00 p.m. “Wipeout” (special two-hour premiere)
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Rising Star” (new series premiere)

Tuesday, June 24
10:00-11:00 p.m. “NY Med”

Sunday, June 29
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Wipeout” (regular time period premiere)

Thursday, July 17
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Rookie Blue”

Thursday, July 24
9:00-10:00 p.m. “The Astronaut Wives Club” (new series premiere)

Monday, August 4
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise” (new series premiere)

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