The ABC 2017 Summer Schedule Marks the Return of ‘The Bachelorette’ ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ & More as well as the Debut of New Summer Shows.
ABC announced the official premiere dates for its 2017 summer prime time line up. The schedule includes the return of the deliciously addictive and popular guilty pleasures, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. In addition new series such as the highly anticipated drama, Still Star-Crossed, Battle of the Network Stars and more debut. Check out the ABC Summer Schedule for 2017 and description for each new series below.
Below are ABC’s summer premiere dates (all times listed are EDT):
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
“Downward Dog” (Sneak Preview) – 9:31-10:00 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 21
“Billboard Music Awards” – 8:00-11:00 p.m.
MONDAY, MAY 22
“The Bachelorette” (Season 13 Premiere) – 9:00-11:00 p.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 23
“Downward Dog” (Time-Period Premiere) – 8:00-8:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
“Dirty Dancing” (Three-Hour Movie Event) – 8:00-11:00 p.m.
MONDAY, MAY 29
“Still Star-Crossed” (Series Premiere) – 10:01-11:00 p.m.
SUNDAY, JUNE 11
“Celebrity Family Feud” (Season 3 Premiere) – 8:00-9:00 p.m.
“Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME” (Series Premiere) – 9:00-10:00 p.m.
“$100,000 Pyramid” (Season 2 Premiere) – 10:00-11:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
“To Tell the Truth” – 10:00-11:00 p.m.
THURSDAY, JUNE 22
“Boy Band” (Two-Hour Series Premiere) – 8:00-10:00 p.m.
“The Gong Show” (Series Premiere) – 10:00-11:00 p.m.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29
“Boy Band” – 8:00-9:00 p.m.
“Battle of the Network Stars” (Series Premiere) – 9:00-10:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12
“The 2017 ESPYS” – 8:00-11:00 p.m
MONDAY, JULY 24
“Somewhere Between” (Series Premiere) – 10:01-11:00 p.m.
MONDAY, JULY 31
“The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All” – 8:00-10:00 p.m.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1
“CMA Fest 2017” – 8:00-11:00 p.m.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8
“Bachelor in Paradise” (Season 4 Premiere) – 8:00-10:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9
“The Story of Diana: Part One” – 9:00-11:00 p.m.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10
“The Story of Diana: Part Two” – 9:00-11:00 p.m.
MONDAY, AUGUST 14
“Bachelor in Paradise” (Time Period Premiere) – 8:00-10:01 p.m.
New Series Descriptions:
“Battle of the Network Stars”
The ‘70s and ‘80s television pop-culture classic, “Battle of the Network Stars,” is revived when it returns to television this summer. “Battle of the Network Stars” is a nostalgic throwback to the original series where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics. The 10-episode summer event will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games. Viewers can look forward to seeing a fresh take at some of the classic show’s sporting “events” like Tug o’ War, the Obstacle Course and the Dunk Tank.
In the original “Battle of the Network Stars,” TV stars representing the three major networks at that time – ABC, CBS and NBC – teamed up to compete in physical challenges that were originally broadcast on ABC starting in 1976 and continuing for 13 years. Legendary sports broadcaster Howard Cosell hosted all but one of those 19 episodes, commenting on the action with a semi-serious version of the style for which he was famous.
“Boy Band,” is a new series where talented singers battle it out to become a member of the next great music sensation. And for the first time ever, viewers at home will vote for their favorite five band members, live, creating a group America can truly call its own.
The 10-episode series will capture the audition process and behind-the-scenes excitement where young vocal talents compete for a chance to show the world that they have what it takes to win a coveted spot in the band and receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
“The Story of Diana”
From ABC and Time Inc.’s People, “The Story of Diana” is a four-hour primetime television event on the extraordinary life of Princess Diana. Debuting over two nights, the documentary marks the 20th anniversary of her tragic passing at age 36 and will capture the most comprehensive interviews ever conducted on the woman known as the People’s Princess: in-depth conversations with those who knew her best, as well as the world’s leading Diana experts. These interviews will be woven together with People’s unparalleled reporting, as well as captivating archival footage of the Princess of Wales. The documentary will not only explore the remarkable chapters of Diana’s life, but will also delve deeply into the ways in which her story remains relevant today. This television event will remind the world why they fell in love with Diana in the first place – and will introduce her to a whole new generation.
“Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME“
“Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME,” from Mark Burnett, is a seed-funding competition reality series where two budding entrepreneurs go head-to-head to win over a live studio audience to fund their ideas, products or companies. In each of the 13 episodes, the audience will represent the “customer” and, as the customer is always right, they will be voting to determine the winner. But, in each round, following the pitches and before Steve Harvey reveals the results of the crowd’s majority vote, the entrepreneurs will face a major dilemma: one of the entrepreneurs is allowed to cash out and walk away for a lesser amount. But if an entrepreneur cashes out, they forgo the opportunity to win the whole cash prize for that round – a good move if they lost the crowd vote, but a bad move if they would have won it.
Steve Harvey will host, infusing humor, passion and support for the American Dream. The series is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM. The executive producers are Mark Burnett, Leslie Garvin and Barry Poznick.
“The Gong Show”
Get ready for the return of television’s most irreverent talent show competition, “The Gong Show,” executive produced by actor/comedian Will Arnett. Every episode will celebrate unusually talented and unique performers on a primetime stage. A revolving panel of judges featuring Hollywood’s hottest stars praise, critique and gong contestants in one of TV’s all-time great variety shows.
“Somewhere Between” is a thriller drama series starring Paula Patton (“Warcraft”) as Laura Price, a superstar news producer in San Francisco and fiercely loving mom. She isn’t crazy: Laura knows her 8-year-old daughter is going to be murdered. She doesn’t know who the murderer is, or why she’s killed, but she knows exactly when it will happen, where, and how. Despite this, all of her attempts to keep her daughter safe fail, and Serena’s fixed, unmovable, terrifying fate keeps her directly in the path of her killer. JR Bourne (“Teen Wolf”) will play Tom Price, Laura’s powerful yet sensitive husband who is also the city’s district attorney; Devon Sawa (“Nikita”) as Nico Jackson, a former cop turned private investigator; and newcomer Aria Birch as Serena Price, a big-hearted, untamable child who is always reaching out to others as a new friend.
A period drama series from Shondaland and ABC Studios picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate. The series is based on the book “Still Star-Crossed” by Melinda Taub.
“Still Star-Crossed” stars Grant Bowler as Damiano Montague, Wade Briggs as Benvolio Montague, Torrance Coombs as Paris, Dan Hildebrand as Friar Lawrence, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline, Ebonee Noel as Livia, Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Susan Wooldridge as Nurse and Anthony Head as Lord Silvestro Capulet.