ABC announced it summer 2112 schedule today and it’s 89% reality-based programming. Of the nine new and returning series, only one is a scripted, fictional series – Rookie Blue [and drama doesn’t get much lighter than that…].
New are Duets, a singing competition for duos – with a twist; Trust Us with Your Life, wherein celebrities reminiscing about their lives – and improv comics performing their takes on those reminiscences; and Final Witness, which will examine one murder each week – from the victims perspective – and will combine interviews with scripted re-enactments.
Besides Rookie Blue, returning series include: Secret Millionaire, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, Wipeout, Bachelor Pad and The Bachelorette.
The summer premiere dates and full series descriptions follow the jump.
ABC has suffered some ratings losses as its once hot, innovative programming has lost some of its lustre. In an attempt to recapture some of that cool, buzzworthy cache, the network has added ten new series – six dramas, three comedies and an alternative [unscripted] series to its schedule.
The new drama series: Body of Proof, a police procedural centered around a former neurosurgeon-turned-medical examiner; Detroit 1-8-7 – a documentary crew follows members of a certain Homicide Unit; My Generation – yen years after documenting a graduation high school class, a documentary crew revisits the graduates; No Ordinary Family [pictured] – a family on a vacation trip to the Amazon River changes an average American family in unexpected ways; Off the Map – five doctors who are without direction travel to rediscover why they wanted to become doctors; The Whole Truth – a unique legal series in that it gives us both sides of each case form each side’s point of view.
The new comedy series: Better Together – three couples who’ve been together for varying degrees of time deal with each other; Happy Endings – who gets to keep the friends when a couple breaks up?; Mr. Sunshine – the manager of a second-rate sports arena reaches a mid-level crisis when he turns forty.
Alternative series, Secret Millionaire follows wealthy people who leave their posh surrounds to live and volunteer in some of the most impoverished and dangerous communities in America.
Full show descriptions, cast lists and ABC’s full 2020-11 schedule follow the bump.