ABC Announces 2015 Summer TV Schedule
ABC has announced its summer TV schedule with new shows that include “BattleBots” and “Celebrity Family Feud.” “The Bachelorette,” “Mistresses” (minus Alyssa Milano) and “Bachelor in Paradise” are also scheduled for a return.
Via Press Release:
ABC ANNOUNCES ITS 2015 SUMMER SCHEDULE
New Series “The Whispers,” “500 Questions,” “Celebrity Family Feud” and “BattleBots” Join the ABC Summer Schedule
Returning are “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise,” “Celebrity Wife Swap,” ”Extreme Weight Loss,” “Mistresses” and “Rookie Blue”
ABC announced its summer lineup, with four new series joining the schedule: “500 Questions” on Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m.; “The Whispers” on Monday, June 1 at 10:01 p.m. and “Celebrity Family Feud” on Sunday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m., followed by “BattleBots” on Sunday, June 21 at 9:00 p.m. on the ABC Television Network.
These series join returning shows “The Bachelorette,” which premieres Monday, May 18 at 9:00 p.m.; “Celebrity Wife Swap” on Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00 p.m.; “Extreme Weight Loss” on Tuesday, May 26 at 9:00 p.m.; “Mistresses,” with a special two-hour premiere on Thursday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m.; “Rookie Blue” on Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 p.m.; and a two-night premiere of “Bachelor in Paradise” on Sunday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m. and on Monday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m.
ABC’s summer premiere dates are as follows listed in chronological order (all times are ET/PT):
Monday, May 18
9:01-11:00 p.m. “The Bachelorette”
Wednesday, May 20
8:00-9:00 p.m. “500 Questions” (new series premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Celebrity Wife Swap”
Tuesday, May 26
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Extreme Weight Loss”
Monday, June 1
10:01-11:00 p.m. “The Whispers” (new series premiere)
Thursday, June 18
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Mistresses”
Sunday, June 21
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Celebrity Family Feud” (new series premiere)
9:00-10:01 p.m. “BattleBots” (new series premiere)
Thursday, June 25
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Rookie Blue”
Sunday, August 2
8:00-10:01 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise” (special two-hour premiere)
Monday, August 3
8:00 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise” (time period premiere)
NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS
“BattleBots” is a reimagined take of the killer robot combat sport from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original “BattleBots” franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson. The homeade robots will battle against each other, in a single elimination tournament style format, until there is one champion. The six episode series features next generation robots – bigger, faster and stronger than ever before.
The show will have a greater emphasis on the design and build elements of each robot, the bot builder backstories, their intense pursuit of the championship and the spectacle of the event. Separate weight classes will be eliminated so that robots of all sizes will battle against each other. State of the Art Onboard Technology and Cameras will provide audiences with enhanced viewing and combat analytics. There will be cash prizes for winners in the Championship Rounds. MGM Television, which has a development deal with Whalerock Industries, will be distributing the program internationally. Executive Producers are Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Ed Roski and Greg Munson.
“CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD”
“Celebrity Family Feud,” a primetime celebrity version of “Family Feud,” is based on one of television’s most popular and enduring game show formats. The six-episode special series will feature fan-favorite celebrities competing with their families for charity on the famous stage of “Family Feud.” Hosted by the highly popular multi-hyphenate standup comedian, actor, author, deejay and Emmy Award-winning talk show host Steve Harvey, “Celebrity Family Feud” will pit celebrities against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people. “Celebrity Family Feud” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and will be taped in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, California. Thom Beers, Gaby Johnston, Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.
From Emmy(R) winner Mark Burnett, CEO, United Artists Media Group (“Shark Tank,” “Survivor,” “The Voice”), and Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television, and Warner Horizon Television (“The Voice,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise”) comes “500 Questions,” an all-new game show event where the smartest people in the country try to achieve the seemingly impossible task of answering 500 of the most difficult general knowledge questions ever devised. There’s only one simple rule: never get three wrong in a row – or you’re gone. No saves, no helps, no multiple choice, “500 Questions” will keep you on the edge of your seat to see if any of these geniuses can do it. It is the ultimate test, where intellect, strategy and stamina are all equally essential in order to win.
The innovative “genius game show,” hosted by CNN’s Richard Quest (“Quest Means Business”), will air nine hours over nine nights, premiering on Wednesday, May 20 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), with its season finale set for Thursday, May 28. Mark Burnett and Phil Parsons are the executive producers. The show was created by Mike Darnell and Mark Burnett.
We love to play games with our children. But what happens when someone else starts to play with them, too? Someone we don’t know. Can’t see. Can’t hear. In “The Whispers,” someone or something – is manipulating the ones we love most to commit the unthinkable. In the country’s center of political power, Washington D.C., several kids have been talking about their imaginary friend, Drill. What the parents don’t know is that this friend is not as imaginary as they think. And when the mysterious games Drill convinces them to play turn dangerous, FBI child specialist Claire Bennigan is called in to investigate.
What is it that Drill wants, and why does he – or it – only communicate with children? As the clock counts down, a suspenseful race will begin to save not only their families, but the world. Before it’s too late. The Whispers” stars Lily Rabe as Claire Bennigan, Barry Sloane as Wes Lawrence, Milo Ventimiglia as John Doe, Derek Webster as Jessup Rollins, Kristen Connolly as Lena Lawrence, Kylie Rogers as Minx Lawrence and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf as Henry Bennigan. The series is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Zack Estrin. The pilot was written and co-executive produced by Soo Hugh, who also developed the series. “The Whispers” is produced by ABC Studios, with Amblin TV as co-producer