ABC Plans a Whole New Summer of Programming
“We’re determined to make ABC the No. 1 destination for summer fun in every way,” said Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment president in a recent press release. “We’re giving fans more of what they love by adding a third day of “Summer Fun & Games,” continuing The Bachelor franchise every week and debuting two new, bold dramas perfect for summer nights.”
While some of can’t wait for the day when any Bachelor-themed show will become a thing of the past, we are looking forward to some of the networks other offerings this year.
Celebrity Family Feud (hosted by Steve Harvey), The $100,000 Pyramid (hosted by Michael Strahan) and To Tell the Truth (hosted by Anthony Anderson) return Sunday, June 9 while Match Game (hosted by Alec Baldwin) returns on Wednesday, June 12 following two new revivals of Press Your Luck and Card Sharks.
ABC’s revival of Press Your Luck is being described as “a game of wits, strategy and even higher stakes as contestants try to avoid the iconic and devilish Whammy for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes.” During each game, three contestants compete against each other answering questions to earn spins on the “Big Board.” Contestants then use their spins to win cash and prizes while trying to avoid the Whammy, who could take all of their winnings and leave them with nothing. The winning contestant moves on to an all-new bonus round to face the Whammy in a final battle for the chance to win a fortune. The new show will be hosted by Elizabeth Banks.
Hosted by comedian and actor Joel McHale, Card Sharks is a game where a fortune can be won on the turn of a single playing card says ABC. Two players face off in a head-to-head elimination race where the winning player claims a $10,000 cash prize and a chance to turn that amount into a life-changing payday. The contestant risks their prize on predicting seven final cards leaving the game with whatever amount of money they have in their bank after their prediction and results are revealed with the flip of their seventh and final card.
Two new family-friendly shows premiere back-to-back on Thursday, June 20 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Holey Moley is the new mini golf competition series, sounds silly but fun as self-proclaimed mini-golf champs from around the country compete head-to-head through an epic and supersized obstacle golf course. Each episode will feature a dozen contestants testing their skills with celebrities like Rob Riggle, Joe Tessitore and Jeannie Mai serve as commentators and sideline correspondent, respectively.
Family Food Fight follows at 9:00 p.m. Hosted by renowned restaurateur and best-selling cookbook author, Ayesha Curry, Family Food Fight features family teams “dishing out their best culinary skills.” The show takes homestyle cooking to a new level with families showing off their most prized recipes. Curry will be joined by Cat Cora and Graham Elliot serving as judges on the new show. Only one family will win the coveted title of America’s No. 1 Food Family and take home the $100,000 prize.
Eva Longoria serves as executive producer of Grand Hotel based on a Spanish series. The show appears to be a blending of two of ABC’s older evening soap operas, Dynasty and Hotel. The show features a huge cast of characters and lots of hijinks. The series centers around the last family-owned hotel in Miami Beach. Santiago Mendoza (and his adult children) owns the hotel along with his second wife, Gigi (and her two adult daughters). Each brings with them their own strong personalities and problems. The hotel’s staff round out the cast with their own tales giving the series a contemporary upstairs/downstairs story. “Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior,” says ABC. Grand Hotel premieres on June 17 at 10 p.m.
Poppy Montgomery stars in Reef Break, a show that ABC describes as “a sexy, action-packed drama that debuts on Thursday, June 20 at 10:00 p.m. Montgomery plays “a thief-turned-fixer for the governor of a stunning and seductive Pacific Island paradise. Impulsive, reckless, and irresistible, Cat’s less-than-perfect past gives her an instinctive gift for understanding crime and criminals as she becomes enmeshed in fast-paced, high-octane adventures and island intrigue.”