ABC has announced that one of the best summertime guilty pleasures, Holey Moley will kick off its fourth season on Tuesday, May 3 followed by The Chase and a brand-new series (which looks really intriguing by the way), Who Do You Believe?
Every year, the producers of Holey Moley come up with something new to add to the show. The last season was the best yet, but I’m not so sure about this year’s ploy as it involves the Muppets. Now, I’ve loved the Muppets from the very first time I saw them on Sesame Street, but their performances have been rather hit or miss in recent years. The most recent TV series (The Muppets on ABC and Muppets Tonight on Disney+) were both disappointments while The Muppets Haunted Mansion special on Disney+ was a winner. Sure, they’re wacky and so are Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore, but those guys don’t need any help. It could be a good fit, but I’m skeptical.
According to ABC, “Season four of everyone’s favorite extreme mini-golf competition series features a collaboration for the ages when the Muppets favorites unite with on-camera commentating duo Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore, making for some un-fore-gettable hijinks.”
Thankfully, the overall concept of the show is not changing. Also returning are sideline correspondent Jeannie Mai as well as executive producer and resident golf pro Stephen Curry. Both new and past fan-favorite holes will be featured every week, along with additional special guest appearances and other surprises along the way.
The Chase is getting an upgrade of sorts with three new “Chasers” – Victoria Groce, Brandon Blackwell and Buzzy Cohen who will join returning Chasers Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer as Sara Haines hosts the game. (Ken Jennings is busy now hosting Jeopardy! There is no word on what happened with the show’s arrangement with last year’s add-on, Mark Labbett aka The Beast.)
In the all-new season, three competitors must pit their wits and face off against a Chaser, a ruthless quiz genius determined to stop them from winning cash prizes. Each of the three new chasers may present an affable exterior, but don’t let their good natures fool you – Victoria Groce, “The Queen” of all things trivia, has been dubbed the smartest woman in the world based on her domination of online trivia tournaments and is sure to strike fear in the hearts of contestants; while Brandon “The Lightning Bolt” Blackwell is a speed-quiz champ and has beaten both Brad and James at the game. Those both sound great, but I’m disappointed with the addition of Buzzy “The Stunner” Cohen. ABC says that he is “known for his flashy personal style and razor-sharp wit” but I find him arrogant and annoying. Maybe he can win me over.
I’m really excited for this next one. Who Do You Believe? Is a new series that features simultaneous storytelling to take viewers through compelling true-crime cases from dual perspectives. In each episode, the audience steps into the shoes of two contrasting narratives to hear the recounts directly from the victims and criminals with never-before-revealed details. Then the viewer plays armchair detective to deduce and piece together different versions of the truth. There are two sides to every story – and there’s no telling how far one would go for their marriage, child or way of life. Within this unique storytelling format, every episode culminates by revealing key details from the adjudicated cases leaving you to question: Who Do You Believe?
All three shows debut on May 3 with Holey Moley Fore-Ever at 8 p.m., The Chase at 9 p.m. and Who Do You Believe? At 10.
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