ABC sets Summer premiere dates

TV Arts


ABC announces its summer schedule with the premiere of eight original
series, including the return of "The Bachelorette" Monday, May 19


p.m.) - Millions of viewers watched DeAnna Pappas, 26, suffer through
a painful, last-minute rejection by Brad Womack on the last season of
"The Bachelor" -- earning her the sympathy of women everywhere. Now
DeAnna will have the last laugh as the tables are turned and she gets
to choose from among 25 bachelors in her own bid for true love, when
"The Bachelorette" returns to the ABC lineup. This is the fourth
edition of the female version of ABC's popular romance reality series.
The brunette, brown-eyed real estate agent from Neunan, Georgia,
became an immediate fan favorite and she was the final woman remaining
on the finale of "The Bachelor" in November. The ending proved to be a
huge shocker though, when Womack didn't select any woman a first in
"Bachelor" history. "The Bachelorette" will regularly air Monday

Bachelorette" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with
Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton and David
Bohnert are the executive producers.

returns with all-new missions, locations and music, plus online and
mobile interactivity enabling more viewer participation during the 10
episodes. Jon Kelley ("Extra," "The National Sports Report," "Baseball
Today") is the host. "The Mole" follows a group of 12 players as they
try to figure out who among them is The Mole, a saboteur trying to
keep them from winning money. Players must decide who they think The
Mole is and then learn as much about him or her as they can, because,
at the end of each one-hour episode, the player who knows the least
about The Mole is immediately eliminated from the game. In the final
dramatic episode, The Mole is revealed and one of two final players
wins a substantial cash prize. The highly-rated unscripted series
aired in various time periods during its four-season run, and was a
consistent draw with key young adult viewers opposite established
network competition, including NBC's "Law & Order" and the inaugural
season of Fox's "American Idol." Scott A. Stone and Clay Newbill are
executive producers for Stone & Company Entertainment.

contenders compete in an extreme obstacle course designed to provide
the most crashes, face plants, impacts and wipe outs ever seen on
television. During each one-hour episode, one competitor will win the
title of Wipeout champion and $50,000. "Wipe Out" is hosted by John
Anderson (ESPN's "SportsCenter"). Jill Wagner is co-host. "Wipeout" is
produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg
is the president of Endemol USA. The series is executive produced by
Matt Kunitz. Scott Larsen is co-executive producer.

p.m.) This unscripted reality/game show takes an eye-opening,
behind-the-scenes look at 10 Americans who are whisked away to Japan
and compete in the ultimate Japanese game show. The results and
prizing will be based on who best adapts to the Japanese culture and
challenges in each episode. The executive producers are Arthur Smith
and Kent Weed of A. Smith & Co. ("The Swan," "Kitchen Nightmares"),
David Sidebotham, Karsten Bartholin and Tim Crescenti, from a concept
by Babyfoot APS Denmark/Small World IFT.

Nearly eight years after the critically acclaimed series, "Hopkins
24/7," ABC News returns to Baltimore's John Hopkins Hospital for a new
documentary series entitled "Hopkins." This six-part program will take
viewers inside the legendary hospital to meet patients in the throes
of medical crisis and young doctors forced to make life and death
decisions on the fly while struggling to keep their personal
relationships from unraveling. Shot in high definition with
unparalleled access for over four months, ABC News takes an intimate
look at the men and women who call this hospital home.

episode features six real people from all walks of life who will face
off against each other in a series of one-on-one dance offs to the
most popular songs of all time. Imagine a 70-year-old grandmother in a
dance off with a 25 year-old gravedigger, to the tune of Michael
Jackson's "Thriller." Throughout the course of the night contestants
will be eliminated by voters in the studio audience. By the end of the
evening, just two finalists will be left to challenge each other for
the honor of being crowned that night's "Dance Machine" and to take
home the $100,000 cash prize. Popular E! News correspondent Jason
Kennedy is the host. The show is from RDF USA. Greg Goldman, Executive
Vice President of Development and Current for RDF USA is creator and
executive producer of the show. Chris Coelen of RDF, as well as Brian
A. Veskosky of Metro Entertainment are executive producers.


hold unique nationwide casting sessions that will appear in the show,
with plenty of surprises from global sensation "Disney's High School
Musical." This much-anticipated series brings the phenomenally
successful "High School Musical" experience to life. The casting
scouts welcome anyone and everyone ages 16-22 who has dreamed of being
center stage--the high school quarterback who's never tried out for a
play but has a song in his heart; the drama club extrovert looking to
break into the big time; someone looking to trade the chess club
routine for a dance routineall are invited to "Get'cha head in the
game," as the hit song says! The finalists will ultimately participate
in a summer music program to hone their skills. After eliminations,
the winner will be given the opportunity of a lifetime, but details of
the grand prize are still under wraps. The series premieres on Sunday,

the summer. "High School Musical: Summer Session" is executive
produced by Jay Blumenfeld and Tony Marsh (both of "Here Come the
Newlyweds") of The Jay and Tony Show. Hosts and judges will be
announced at a later date. Disney Channel's "High School Musical" has
been seen by over 250 million viewers and the sequel, "High School
Musical 2," has been seen by over 195 million viewers in 24 languages
around the world. The movies spawned stage productions at schools and
in professional theatres around the world, multi-platinum CDs, DVDs
and books, a successful consumer products franchise at mass retailers,
a themed show at Disneyland Parks in Anaheim, Orlando and Paris, a
sold-out 42 date arena concert tour in North America and Latin America
and a popular touring ice show around the world.

sensations Ant and Dec host this one-hour weekly primetime event. Four
celebrity contestants/judges have the chance to earn big money for the
charity of their choice by betting on the success or failure of some
of the wildest stunts, tricks and mental challenges that average
Americans dream up and perform in front of a studio audience.
Celebrity contestants include Drew Lachey, Sherri Shepherd, Bill
Engvall and Scott Hamilton. "Wanna Bet" is executive produced by
Philip Gurin ("The Singing Bee," "Weakest Link") and Mark Jansen ("The
Weakest Link").

Let's be honest here - we're all going to be skipping *all* of the
broadcast nets during summer, just like we all have for the last 2-3

In summer, cable is the only game in town (and last summer, even
there, not so much)...
Aren't you too busy to watch tv anyway? Because you've certainly been
too busy to do your end of the year reviews >:(