ABC ANNOUNCES UNSCRIPTED SERIES PREMIERE DATES FOR 2020-2021 SEASON
GAME SHOW FAVORITES ‘CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD,’ ‘PRESS YOUR LUCK’
AND ‘MATCH GAME’ RESUME ON THURSDAYS, BEGINNING SEPT. 24
A DRAMATIC NEW SEASON OF ‘THE BACHELORETTE’ DEBUTS TUESDAY, OCT. 13
ALL-NEW ‘SHARK TANK’ KICKS OFF FRIDAY, OCT. 16
NEW SERIES ‘SUPERMARKET SWEEP’ JOINS SUNDAY NIGHT LINEUP WITH ‘AFV,’
‘WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE’ AND ‘CARD SHARKS’ ALL PREMIERING
SUNDAY, OCT. 18
Ending the 2019-2020 season as the No. 1 entertainment network among Adults 18-49 and ranking as the summer’s No. 1 network for the second consecutive year, ABC today unveiled its fall unscripted premiere dates. Details for the network’s scripted series premiere dates will be shared at a later time.
“We’re fortunate to have such a strong unscripted slate to launch our first wave of programming this fall,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “Presenting the new ‘Supermarket Sweep’ with Leslie Jones alongside fresh, original episodes of returning shows that viewers have come to know and love is invigorating. And with our scripted series ramping up production, we look forward to announcing more premiere dates very soon.”
ABC’s unscripted series premiere dates are 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.
About The Bachelorette TV Show
Thirty captivating men arrive in Indian Wells hoping to find a teammate for life in Michelle Young when the 18th season of "The Bachelorette" premieres on TUESDAY, OCT. 19 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.
The 30 men who will vie for Michelle's heart are the following:
Alec, 29, an engineer from North Charleston, SC
Brandon J., 26, a traveling nurse recruiter from Portland, OR
Brandon K., 29, a brand manager from Austin, TX
Bryan, 31, an NFL player from Chicago, IL
Casey, 36, an advertising creative director from Miami Beach, FL
Chris G., 28, a motivational speaker from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Chris S., 28, a commodities broker from West Hollywood, CA
Clayton, 28, a medical sales rep from Columbia, MO
Daniel, 26, a firefighter from Austin, TX
Edward, 27, a wellness coach from Los Angeles, CA
Garrett, 33, a tech CEO from Salt Lake City, UT
Jack, 30, a former Army officer from Philadelphia, PA
Jamie, 32, a biotech CEO from San Diego, CA
Joe, 28, a real estate developer from Minneapolis, MN
JoMarri, 26, a personal trainer from Fresno, CA
Leroy, 27, a biomedical Ph.D. student from Dallas, TX
LT, 38, a yoga guru from Bellevue, WA
Martin, 29, a personal trainer from Miami, FL
Mollique, 36, an academic administrator from San Diego, CA
Nayte, 27, a sales executive from Austin, TX
Olu, 27, an IT analyst from Newark, NJ
Pardeep, 30, a neuroscientist from Brooklyn, NY
Peter, 26, a pizzapreneur from Port St. Joe, FL
PJ, 30, a firefighter from Houston, TX
Rick, 32, a medical sales rep from Los Angeles, CA
Rodney, 29, a sales rep from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Romeo, 32, a mathematician from New York City, NY
Ryan, 30, an environmental consultant from San Jose, CA
Spencer, 25, a financial crimes analyst from Cleveland, OH
Will, 28, an academic interventionist from Grand Rapids, MI
After joining Matt James' season as a late arrival, Michelle immediately stole the bachelor's attention, along with the hearts of millions of Americans who fell in love with her captivating smile and charming sense of humor. A former Division I basketball player from Minnesota, the 28-year-old fifth-grade teacher now focuses on preparing her students to be the next generation of community leaders. Michelle has big dreams for the future and says she wants a man by her side that is supportive and driven to make the world a better place. She is looking for the Superman to her Superwoman and is ready to find a love with whom she can start a family of her own.
"The Bachelorette" is a production of Next Entertainment and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Bennett Graebner, Louis Caric, Jodi Baskerville and Andy Frank are the executive producers.
ABC ORDERS TWO SEASONS OF 'THE BACHELORETTE' TO AIR IN 2021
KATIE THURSTON AND MICHELLE YOUNG ANNOUNCED AS THE UPCOMING STARS OF 'THE BACHELORETTE,' SEASONS 17 AND 18
Katie Thurston and Michelle Young have been named the next stars of the 17th and 18th seasons of "The Bachelorette," respectively, with both individual cycles set to air in 2021. After appearing in the landmark 25th season of "The Bachelor," both women emerged as fan favorites among Bachelor Nation, with viewers all over America rooting for their happily ever afters. As the upcoming stars of ABC's hit romance reality series, they will each step into the spotlight, now blazing a path for their own love stories to unfold. Katie's journey as "The Bachelorette" is set to premiere summer 2021, and Michelle's season will air fall 2021.
The official announcement was made by "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" host Emmanuel Acho during ABC's emotional special following the finale of Matt James' season.
Katie Thurston, "The Bachelorette" season 17 premiering summer 2021
Among the season 25 women, Katie emerged as a leading voice, who repeatedly stood up against bullying and negativity in the house, and women all over America applauded her for speaking up for what she believes in. The 30-year-old Washington native became an instant fan favorite for her memorable arrival on night one where she introduced herself to Matt, light-up vibrator in tow. Unapologetically herself, Katie is adventurous, daring and ready for a man with whom she can build a life. A marketing manager with an innate social media savvy and humorous outlook on life, she is a witty storyteller who wants a man that will laugh along with her.
Michelle Young, "The Bachelorette" season 18, premiering fall 2021
After joining the season as a late arrival, Michelle immediately stole The Bachelor's attention, along with the hearts of millions of Americans who fell in love with her captivating smile and charming sense of humor. A former Division I basketball player from Minnesota, the 28-year-old kindergarten teacher now focuses on preparing her students to be the next generation of community leaders. Michelle has big dreams for the future and says she wants a man by her side that is supportive and driven to make the world a better place. She is looking for the Superman to her Superwoman and is ready to find a love with whom she can start a family of her own.
"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.Keep track of the cancel/renew status of all your favorite TV shows. Discover and bookmark our cancelled shows 2021 list and renewed shows 2021-2022 database.
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