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ABC Leans Unapologetically into Unscripted Fare For Fall 2020

By on September 1, 2020

A MILLION LITTLE THINGS – ABC’s “A Million Little Things” stars David Giuntoli as Eddie Saville, Tristan Byon as Theo Saville, and Grace Park as Katherine Saville. (ABC/Robert Trachtenberg)

Unlike some Broadcasters who have happily, and perhaps unwisely, announced premiere dates for new and returning shows despite uncertain Covid19 precaution guidelines, ABC is playing its cards closer to the vest this primetime season with a slew of unscripted series set to air over September and October, and little mention of returning favorites such as The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy, and A Million Little Things among others.

The Network is likely holding off on a November or December announcement that will see the primetime landscape begin to return to normal as scripted dramas return to the slate.

In the meantime, ABC’s schedule shakes out as follows (all times listed are Eastern/Pacific). New shows are in bold:

 

MONDAY, SEPT. 14

8:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” (previously announced)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 24

8:00-9:00 p.m. “Celebrity Family Feud”

9:00-10:00 p.m. “Press Your Luck”

10:00-11:00 p.m. “Match Game”

TUESDAY, OCT. 13

8:00-10:01 p.m. “The Bachelorette”

FRIDAY, OCT. 16

8:00-9:01 p.m. “Shark Tank”

SUNDAY, OCT. 18

7:00-8:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

8:00-9:00 p.m. “Supermarket Sweep” (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 p.m. “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”

10:00-11:00 p.m. “Card Sharks”

 

DANCING WITH THE STARS (SEASON 29) – MONDAY, SEPT. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

“Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts and voted upon by viewers at home. The competition begins with an all-new cast of celebrities paired up with the show’s pro dancers, braving the dance floor together for the very first time. Each week these celebrities will endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master new dance styles and technical choreography to perform a dance. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

Last season, “Dancing with the Stars” averaged 9.1 million Total Viewers after 35 days of delayed viewing across linear and digital platforms. “Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm. Andrew Llinares and Tyra Banks are executive producers.

CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (SEASON 6) – THURSDAY, SEPT. 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

“Celebrity Family Feud,” the iconic game show hosted by stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy® Award winner Steve Harvey, features celebrities, along with their immediate family members or their extended TV families, going head-to-head in a contest to name the most popular responses to survey-type questions posed to 100 people for a chance to win money for a charity of their choice. This season’s high-energy matchups continue with Ray Romano vs. Brad Garrett, Kathie Lee Gifford vs. Ricki Lake, Joel McHale vs. Ben Feldman, NFLPA Legends vs. NFLPA Pro-Bowlers, and Fall Out Boy vs. Weezer, among others.

During its run earlier this summer, ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” ranked as the No. 1 program in the Sunday 8 p.m. hour in Total Viewers. Based on 35 days of viewing on linear and digital platforms this summer, “Celebrity Family Feud” grew over its year-ago average by 14% in Total Viewers and by 24% in Adults 18-49 and ranks as ABC’s No. 1 program in delayed multiplatform viewing. “Celebrity Family Feud” is produced by Fremantle. Jennifer Mullin is an executive producer, along with Gaby Johnston who also serves as showrunner.

PRESS YOUR LUCK (SEASON 2) – THURSDAY, SEPT. 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

“Press Your Luck” is a game of wits and strategy hosted by Elizabeth Banks. The stakes have never been higher as contestants try to avoid the iconic and devilish WHAMMY for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes. During each game of “Press Your Luck,” 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 the bonus game to face the WHAMMY in a final battle for the opportunity to win $1 million.

During its summer 2020 run, “Press Your Luck” stood as the No. 1 broadcast program in the Sunday 9 p.m. hour among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. “Press Your Luck” is produced by Fremantle. John Quinn is showrunner and executive producer; and Jennifer Mullin, Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman are also executive producers.

MATCH GAME (SEASON 5) – THURSDAY, SEPT. 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to BLANK! “Match Game” returns for the fall run of season five with Golden Globe® and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin at the helm, his famous skinny microphone in hand and a lineup of hilarious celebrity panelists. Produced by Fremantle, the bawdy panel game features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000, as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-blank.

ABC’s “Match Game” was the No. 1 program in the Sunday 10 p.m. hour among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 during its run earlier this summer. The series is executive produced by Scott St. John, Alec Baldwin, Mallory Schwartz and Fremantle’s Jennifer Mullin.

THE BACHELORETTE (SEASON 16) – TUESDAY, OCT. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m.)

Bachelor Nation, the wait is finally over! Clare Crawley will finally embark on her journey to find true love as “The Bachelorette” returns for its sizzling 16th season on a new night. Clare had women across America cheering from their living rooms when she famously stood up to controversial Bachelor Juan Pablo during the memorable 18th season finale of “The Bachelor.” Clare left the season with a new sense of self-worth and a determination to never settle for anything less than the unconditional love and respect that she deserved. Follow her passionate, wild ride to find her soul mate and the explosive turn of events that will have all of Bachelor Nation talking.

“The Bachelorette” ranked as last summer’s No. 1 TV series among Adults 18-49, marking the first time ever the ABC unscripted series finished as the highest-rated series of the summer. The 15th season of “The Bachelorette” improved over the show’s prior season by 5% with Adults 18-49. Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelorette” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Bennett Graebner, Peter Gust, Tim Warner, Louis Caric and Peter Geist are the executive producers.

SHARK TANK (SEASON 12) – FRIDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-9:01 p.m.)

The recipient of the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, “Shark Tank” features The Sharks – tough, self-made, multimillionaire and billionaire tycoons – as they invest in America’s best businesses and products. The Sharks will give people from all walks of life the chance to chase the American dream and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires.

Last season, “Shark Tank” ranked as the No. 1 program in the Friday 8 o’clock hour with Adults 18-49. Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill, Yun Lingner, Max Swedlow and Phil Gurin, Brandon Wallace, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary are the executive producers of “Shark Tank,” which is based on the Japanese “Dragons’ Den” format, created by Nippon Television Network Corporation. The series is produced by MGM Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.

AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (SEASON 31) – SUNDAY, OCT. 18 (7:00-8:00 p.m.)

Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is the longest-running primetime entertainment show in the history of ABC. Each week, the “AFV” team evaluates thousands of user-submitted home videos to bring you America’s real-life funny moments captured on video.

Based on 35 days of viewing on linear and digital platforms, ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” grew over its prior season by 5% in Total Viewers and 12% in Adults 18-49. Vin Di Bona is executive producer, along with Michele Nasraway.

SUPERMARKET SWEEP (SERIES PREMIERE) – SUNDAY, OCT. 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

The classic TV game show “Supermarket Sweep,” hosted and executive produced by Emmy Award-nominated comedienne and actress Leslie Jones, is a fast-paced and energetic series following three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes. The original format aired on ABC from 1965-1967 and went on to become a global sensation, including runs in the 1990s and early 2000s. It was adapted in 13 international territories and, most recently, relaunched in the U.K. “Supermarket Sweep” is produced by Fremantle. Executive producers include Alycia Rossiter, Leslie Jones, Wes Kauble, Jennifer Mullin and Hunter Seidman.

WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE (SEASON 2) – SUNDAY, OCT. 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Hosted by late-night’s Jimmy Kimmel, this season will feature both celebrity contestants playing for the charity of their choice and frontline heroes trying their hand at a $1 million prize. In addition to lifelines, “Ask the Host,” “50/50” and “Phone a Friend,” contestants playing on “Millionaire” can invite an expert guest to help them answer questions. It could be a relative, a beloved teacher or a famed trivia expert – anyone they want – to help them win as much money as they can.

In its debut season, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” ranked as the No. 1 program in the Thursday 8 p.m. hour last season among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. After 35 days of delayed viewing across linear and digital platforms, the show averaged 7.3 million Total Viewers in its freshman season. “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” is executive produced by Michael Davies and Jimmy Kimmel. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television’s Embassy Row, Kimmelot and Valleycrest Productions Ltd. The iconic game show is a Sony Pictures Television format that has been adapted in over 120 countries and has won over 65 awards worldwide.

CARD SHARKS (SEASON 2) – SUNDAY, OCT. 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

“Card Sharks” is a suspenseful game where a fortune can be won on the turn of a single playing card! The road to glory and riches begins with two players who face off in a head-to-head elimination game with the goal of one player making it to the life-changing money card round. In the money card round, the winning player has to make gut-wrenching decisions and risk it all to win it all. Ultimately, players can either take their earned cash and quit or continue wagering for a chance to take home a major cash prize.

During its debut season last summer, “Card Sharks” delivered ABC’s largest summertime audience to the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour in four years – since summer 2015. Hosted by comedian and actor Joel McHale, “Card Sharks” is produced by Fremantle. Scott St. John is showrunner and executive producer, and Joel McHale and Jennifer Mullin are also executive producers.

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