ABC’s Summer Slate Announced (@DisneyABCTV)

ABC has announced its summer lineup, with four new series joining the schedule: The Astronaut Wives Club on Thursday, July 24 at 9:00 p.m.; Bachelor in Paradise on Monday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m.; Rising Star on Sunday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m.; and The Quest on Thursday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m.

These series join returning shows The Bachelorette, which premieres at a special time, on Monday, May 19 at 9:30 p.m., before moving to its regular time period of 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 26; Bet On Your Baby on Saturday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m.; Extreme Weight Loss on Tuesday, May 27 at 8:00 p.m.; Mistresses on Monday, June 2 at 10:01 p.m.; Motive on Wednesday, May 21 at 10:00 p.m.; NY Med on Tuesday, June 24 at 10:00 p.m.; Rookie Blue on Thursday, July 17 at 10:00 p.m.; and Wipeout, which debuts with a special two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m., before moving to its regular time period of 8:00 p.m. the following Sunday, June 29.

As previously announced, new drama Black Box will debut on Thursday, April 24 at 10:00 p.m., and The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will air on Sunday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night primetime specials will be back for the seventh consecutive year, airing each night of the NBA Finals, starting with Game 1 on Thursday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m.

ABCs summer premiere dates are as follows listed in chronological order, and all times are ET:

Thursday, April 24

10:00-11:00 p.m. Black Box (new series premiere)

Sunday, May 18

8:00-11:00 p.m. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards

Monday, May 19

9:30 11:00 p.m. The Bachelorette

Wednesday, May 21

10:00-11:00 p.m. Motive

Monday, May 26

8:00-10:00 p.m. The Bachelorette (regular time period premiere)

Tuesday, May 27

8:00-10:00 p.m. Extreme Weight Loss

Saturday, May 31

8:00-9:00 p.m. Bet On Your Baby

Monday, June 2

10:01-11:00 p.m. Mistresses

Thursday, June 5

8:00-8:30 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night

Thursday, June 19

8:00-9:00 p.m. The Quest (new series premiere)

Sunday, June 22

7:00-9:00 p.m. Wipeout (special two-hour premiere)

9:00-11:00 p.m. Rising Star (new series premiere)

Tuesday, June 24

10:00-11:00 p.m. NY Med

Sunday, June 29

8:00-9:00 p.m. Wipeout (regular time period premiere)

Thursday, July 17

10:00-11:00 p.m. Rookie Blue

Thursday, July 24

9:00-10:00 p.m. The Astronaut Wives Club (new series premiere)

Monday, August 4

8:00-10:00 p.m. Bachelor in Paradise (new series premiere)

Following are upcoming summer series descriptions in chronological order (all times ET):

BLACK BOX PREMIERES THURSDAY, APRIL 24

Catherine Black is a world-famous neurologist at the state-of-the-art medical institution known as The Cube. Catherine is brilliant, beautiful, and at the top of her game, though shes hiding a secret of her own:shes bipolar.Each week, the doctors on staff attempt to unravel the mysteries of the brain and are constantly challenged by cases never-before-seen on television.The medical stories are moving, bizarre and a visual feast.The personal stories are riveting. The patients have rare, highly visual, often hallucinogenic and startling conditions, which well see through their eyes as Catherine diagnoses and treats them.

Black Box stars Kelly Reilly as Catherine Black, Ditch Davey as Dr. Ian Bickman, David Ajala as Will Van Renseller, Ali Wong as Dr. Lina Lark, Laura Fraser as Reagan Black, David Chisum as Joshua Black, Siobhan Williams as Esme Black with Terry Kinney as Dr. Owen Morely and Vanessa Redgrave as Dr. Hartramph.

Black Box was written by Amy Holden Jones (Mystic Pizza, Indecent Proposal). Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) is the director. Ilene Chaiken (The L Word), Amy Holden Jones, Bryan Singer (House, X-Men), Anne Thomopoulos (Oz, From the Earth to the Moon), Oly Obst, Gary Michael Walters (Drive, Bobby), David Lancaster (Drive, Broadways The Bridges of Madison County) and Michel Litvak are the executive producers.The series is a production of Bold FilmsTelevision.

THE 2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS SUNDAY, MAY 18

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will showcase this years hottest and biggest music stars.Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. Last years show, The 2013 Billboard Music Awards, delivered its biggest numbers in 10 years.

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards are produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Michael Mahan are executive producers, and Larry Klein is producer.

THE BACHELORETTE PREMIERESMONDAY, MAY 19

Andi Dorfman, 26, a beautiful and successful woman, has it all at first glance her loving family, her great friends, and even her dream job. But she realized there was something missing.So, last September, she put her busy life on hold to try and find love on The Bachelor.She thought she had found her match, but in the end it was not meant to be, and Andi walked away from Juan Pablo. She did not, however, let that experience stop her desire to find her perfect soul mate. Andi will embark on her own journey to find love when she stars in the tenth edition of The Bachelorette,on ABC.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelorette is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton and Alycia Rossiter are the executive producers.

MOTIVE PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, MAY 21

Motive returns for an exciting second season with gripping new cases featuring more complicated killers and intricate crime scenes. Homicide detective Angie Flynn is as determined as ever, and her pursuit for justice never falters. Her partner, Detective Oscar Vega, continues to be her rock with his no-nonsense attitude and methodical approach. Detective Brian Lucas is no longer the rookie at the station, a role hes happy to hand over to the very keen and ambitious Officer Wendy Sung. And confident and charismatic new Team Commander Sergeant Mark Cross shakes up the station when he joins the team. He and Angie share a mysterious and strained connection, one she would prefer to leave in the past. The tension leads to a breakdown in trust between Angie and Vega, and Angie realizes she must find a way to work with Cross, even if it means confronting the truth and the secret that drove them apart years ago.

Motive stars Kristin Lehman as Detective Angie Flynn, Louis Ferreira as Detective Oscar Vega, Brendan Penny as Detective Brian Lucas, Lauren Holly as Dr. Betty Rogers, Warren Christie as Sergeant Mark Cross and Valerie Tian as Officer Wendy Sung.

Motive was created by Daniel Cerone (Dexter, The Mentalist), who executive-produces the show along with Louise Clark, Rob Merilees, Erin Haskett, Rob LaBelle, Lindsay Macadam, James Thorpe and Dennis Heaton. Developed by CTV, the series is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions in association with Bell Media,and distributed by NBCUniversal International.

EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS PREMIERES TUESDAY, MAY 27

Hit series Extreme Weight Loss is a unique, non-competitive show about weight-loss transformations that documents the unprecedented 365-day journey of courageous, super-obese participants. In each of the 13 stand-alone, two-hour episodes, the participants whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight will undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals. With the proper nourishment, exercise and guidance assured by Extreme Weight Loss, they are afforded a fresh perspective. In addition to having participants continue to work alongside transformation specialists and trainers Chris Powell and his wife, Heidi, the show is taking a unique approach in the upcoming fourth season: each participant will spend the first 90 days of the weight loss journey at the renowned University of Colorados Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) in Aurora, CO. Chris & Heidi, with AHWCs medical director Dr. Holly Wyatt, MD and associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, will guide these individuals to safely lose up to half their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center offers some of the countrys most advanced research and science-based expertise, focusing on a comprehensive weight loss and weight-loss management approach, including fitness, nutrition and wellness services.

Extreme Weight Loss is produced by Eyeworks USA. JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Matt Assmus and Brant Pinvidic are the executive producers.

BET ON YOUR BABY PREMIERES SATURDAY, MAY 31

All parents think they know their baby well, but are they willing to bet on it? Find out when actress/comedienne and working mom Melissa Peterman, star of ABC Familys Baby Daddy, hosts this adorable, hilarious and surprisingly suspenseful game show. Parents try to predict their toddlers next move in an effort to win money for their childs future education.

Bet On Your Baby was created by 55 Medias Craig Armstrong, Rick Ringbakk, Charles Wachter and Electus Ben Silverman and Jimmy Fox. The series is executive produced by Electus (Chris Grant, Corie Henson, Ben Silverman) and 55 Media (Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk). Electus International, the global distribution arm of Electus, will distribute the series universally.

MISTRESSES PREMIERES MONDAY, JUNE 2

Based on the hit UK television series of the same name, Mistresses returns for a second season on the ABC Television Network. The provocative and thrilling drama will continue to focus on the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on their own path to self-discovery. When it comes to love, these friends find support and guidance with each other as they push the limits, test their boundaries and discover just how far they are prepared to go. They are willing to brave loves turbulent journey, as well as its excitement, secrecy and betrayal, all the while bound by the complex relationships theyve created.

Mistresses stars Alyssa Milano as Savannah (Savi) Davis, Yunjin Kim as Karen Kim, Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy, Jes Macallan as Josslyn Carver, Brett Tucker as Harry Davis, and Jason George as Dominic Taylor.

Mistresses is executive-produced by Rina Mimoun, KJ Steinberg, Robert Sertner and Douglas Rae. The series is from ABC Studios.

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT PREMIERES ON THURSDAY, JUNE 5

For the seventh consecutive year in conjunction with the NBA Finals, ABC presents Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night. These special edition episodes will air in primetime every night of the NBA Finals beginning with Game 1, Thursday, June 5. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night, will feature Kimmels signature comedy bits and a star-studded line up of guests, to be announced at a later date. Previous Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night guests include President Barack Obama, Will Smith, Adam Sandler, David Beckham, Magic Johnson, Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Ashton Kutcher, Drew Barrymore, Chris Rock and Denzel Washington.

The airdates are as follows:

Thursday, June 5

Sunday, June 8

Tuesday, June 10

Thursday, June 12

Sunday, June 15 (if necessary)

Tuesday, June 17 (if necessary)

Friday, June 20 (if necessary)

Jimmy Kimmel Live is executive produced by Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman. Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca and Erin Irwin serve as co-executive producers. Emmy Award-winning Jimmy Kimmel Live is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios.

THE QUEST PREMIERES THURSDAY, JUNE 19

Great fantasy is filled with adventure, challenges, discovery, fish out of water and good vs. evil turns out, another modern genre shares these exact same traits. Announcing The Quest, a reality show that will literally take contestants and audiences to an amazing, imaginative realm, where the ogres are advancing in the woods, the dragons are stirring, agents of a dark lord are infiltrating the keep, and the only thing that stands between peace and chaos are 12 very unlikely heroes. From the producers of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, paired with the producers of The Amazing Race, The Quest will be a fully immersive experience. In and around this castle, our fantasy realm will come to life with state-of-the art projections, animatronics, prosthetics, real-time motion capture and art direction. The narrative and mythology of The Quest is deep and fully imagined, and it has been designed to incorporate seamlessly with the unexpected actions and decisions of our contestants fantasy comes alive as it never has before in this genre-bending series.

The Quest is executive produced by Bertram van Munster, Elise Doganieri, Mark Ordesky, Jane Fleming, Rob Eric and Michael Williams.

WIPEOUT PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 22

As summer temperatures heat up, everyones favorite Big Balls are coming back! Each episode will showcase twenty four daring contestants of all shapes and sizes as they compete in the worlds largest extreme obstacle course, but for the first time ever, winners will be brought together at the end of the season for a Tournament of Champions, during which they will compete for the title of Ultimate Wipeout Champion. The season will continue to bring lots of laughter, with new special themed episodes, including a chance to win a date with Jill Wagner, and the return of some of our favorites, such as Family, Exes, and Hotties vs. Nerds. In the end, only one contestant will be victorious and win the title of Wipeout Champion, while everyone else will wipeout!

The series is hosted by John Anderson (ESPNs SportsCenter), John Henson (E! Entertainments Talk Soup) and co-hosted by Jill Wagner (MTVs Teen Wolf).

Wipeout executive producers are Matt Kunitz (101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, Fear Factor) and Scott Larsen. Kevin Wehrenberg, Trice Barto and J. Rupert Thompson are co-executive producers. The series is produced by Endemol USA. David Goldberg is the chairman of Endemol North America.

RISING STAR PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 22

ABCs new reality series Rising Star completely reinvents the traditional singing competition asfor the first time everthe audience has the final say in real time.The show follows a group of aspiring singers as they audition in live performances. During the performances, viewers vote via an App in real time to determine if the singer will advance in the competition.If the voting reaches a certain threshold, the performer moves on, and the performer can see how the voting is going during the performance, so the feedback is immediate and dramatic.

Rising Star is from Keshet DCP, the joint venture betweenKeshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp). Keshet DCP was formed to leverage Keshets globally successful unscripted business with DC Medias expansive U.S. infrastructure and production expertise. The singing competition for ABC will mark the companys first foray into the market since its formation in October. Ken Warwick (American Idol) and Nicolle Yaron (The Voice) are executive producing.

NY MED PREMIERES TUESDAY, JUNE 24

Fans of ABCs widely acclaimed real life medical series can take heart. A fresh edition of the multi award-winning NY Med will air this summer after nearly two years of production. Expanding their scope, the producers offer a riveting tale of two cities. Each episode in this eight-part series toggles between the renowned surgeons of Manhattans New York Presbyterian Hospital and the gritty world of trauma surgeons at Newarks University Hospital where the ER is a doorway to the mean streets of one of Americas most violent cities. Sometimes poignant and often uproarious, this limited series takes a deep dive into high stakes medicine through the eyes of unforgettable characters, including a hilarious trio of returning ER nurses who must cope with tricky personal crises while caring for some of the nations most bossy patients. Mehmet Oz rounds out the character roster with his extraordinary surgical skills on full display as his deft hands work to fix damaged hearts and save lives.

Terence Wrong is executive producer of NY Med.

ROOKIE BLUE Premieres THURSDAY, JULY 17

In keeping with last seasons theme of change, 15 Division welcomes two new characters who shake up the familiar dynamic. Inspector John Jarvis (Oliver Becker, Rent-A-Goalie) strolls into 15 Division with a serious agenda.He wants the real story: is this a division full of heroes or a minefield full of screw-ups? Seamlessly flipping from pleasant to menacing, Inspector Jarvis is a political spin-master of epic proportions. Hes out to shake things up and make his mark. Also new to the team is 15 Divisions brand-new rookie, Duncan Moore aka Selfie (Matthew Owen Murray, Degrassi: The Next Generation). He is the very picture of a fresh-faced millennial: confident, eager to impress, and excellent at pointing out mistakes, particularly other peoples. But when Duncan struggles to fit into the group at 15, the officers soon have their hands full with this challenging and well-connected new recruit.

Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym), Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith), Sam Swarek (Ben Bass), Chris Diaz (Travis Milne), Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma), Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan), Nick Collins (Peter Mooney), Chloe Price (Priscilla Faia), Oliver Shaw (Matt Gordon), Marlo Cruz (Rachel Ancheril), Noelle Williams (Melanie Nicholls-King), Steve Peck (Adam MacDonald), and Holly Stewart (Aliyah OBrien) all return for Season 5.

Rookie Blue is executive produced by award-winning Tassie Cameron (Flashpoint), Russ Cochrane (The Listener), Ilana Frank (The Eleventh Hour, Would Be Kings), David Wellington (The Eleventh Hour, Would Be Kings) and John Morayniss (Hell on Wheels and Haven). Rookie Blue is a production of IFC Films and leading indie studio eOne, who also distributes the series internationally.

THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB PREMIERES THURSDAY, JULY 24

Based on the book by Lily Koppel, this 10 episode limited seriestells the story of the women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As Americasastronauts were launched on death-defying missions,Life Magazine documented the astronauts families, capturing the behind-the-scenes lives of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. As their celebrity rose and tragedy began to touch their lives, they rallied together.

The Astronaut Wives Club stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Betty Grissom;Odette Annable as TrudyCooper; Zoe Boyle as JoSchirra; Azure Parsons as Annie Glenn; Desmond Harrington as Alan Shepherd.

Executive producers areStephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz, Len Goldstein, Michael London, Janice Williams. The first episode will be directed by Nick Cassavetes. The series is produced by ABC Studios, Fake Empire and Groundswell.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE PREMIERES MONDAY, AUGUST 4

From the creator of The Bachelor franchise comes the new summer series, Bachelor in Paradise. Some of The Bachelors biggest stars and villains are back. They all left The Bachelor or The Bachelorette with broken hearts, but now they know what it really takes to find love, and on Bachelor in Paradise theyll get a second chance to find their soul mates. Contestants will live together in an isolated romantic paradise and, over the course of six episodes, well follow these former bachelors and bachelorettes as they explore new romantic relationships. America will watch as they fall in love or go through renewed heartbreak. The romantic dating series will feature new twists, shocking surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in Bachelor history, plus all the usual romance, drama and tears weve come to expect from the Bachelor franchise. It all comes together in the romantic television event of the summer.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, Bachelor in Paradise is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are executive producers.

 

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