The official word: ABC announced its summer lineup, with two new series joining the schedule, the innovative procedural “Motive,” which will have a special debut following the finale of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” on Tuesday, May 21, before moving to its regular time period on Thursday, May 23 at 9:00 p.m.; and “Whodunnit?,” a new mystery reality competition show from Anthony E. Zuiker, the creator of the “CSI” franchise, which will premiere Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 p.m.
These series join returning shows “Celebrity Wife Swap,” which has its summer premiere on Sunday, June 23 at 8:00 p.m.; “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” which debuts on Tuesday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m.; “Rookie Blue” on Thursday, May 23 at 10:00 p.m.; “What Would You Do?” on Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00 p.m.; and “Wipeout” on Thursday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m.
“The Bachelorette” will premiere at a special time on Monday, May 20 at 9:00 p.m., following the finale of the “Dancing with the Stars” performance show that night, as previously announced, and will have its regular time period premiere on Monday, May 27 from 8:00-10:01 p.m. Sexy new drama “Mistresses,” starring Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan, will premiere a week later than initially announced, on Monday, June 3 at 10:01 p.m.
ABC’s summer premiere dates are as follows (all times listed are ET):
Thursday, May 9:
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Wipeout”
Monday, May 20:
9:00-11:00 p.m. “The Bachelorette” (special time period premiere following the finale of the “Dancing with the Stars” performance show)
Tuesday, May 21
10:01 - 11:00 p.m. “Motive” (new series premiere on a special day and time, following the finale of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” from 8:00-10:01 p.m.)
Thursday, May 23:
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Motive” (regular time period premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Rookie Blue”
Monday, May 27:
8:00-10:01 p.m. “The Bachelorette” (regular time period premiere)
Tuesday, May 28:
8:00-10:01 p.m. “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition”
Wednesday, May 29:
10:00-11:00 p.m. “What Would You Do?”
Monday, June 3
10:01-11:00 p.m. “Mistresses” (new series premiere)
Sunday, June 23:
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Celebrity Wife Swap” (summer premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Whodunnit?” (new series premiere)
Following are upcoming summer series descriptions in chronological order (all times ET):
“WIPEOUT” – PREMIERES THURSDAY, MAY 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
As summer temperatures heat up, quirky contestants go down! This season “Wipeout” will hit the 100th episode milestone, and we’ll be celebrating all season long with brand new, over-the-top courses and the return of Jill Wagner to the “Wipeout” family. We’ll have lots of special episodes, including Dirty Jobs, Newlyweds, Exes, Beauty Queens and Brains VS Brawn. Also returning are favorite specials featuring Families, Boss & Employee, Hotties VS Nerds and Blind Date. The infamous Big Balls make their return, along with new obstacles such as Octopushy, Space Pod of Doom and The Miami Pound Machine. The series will be hosted by John Anderson (ESPN’s “SportsCenter”), John Henson (E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup”) and co-hosted by Jill Wagner (MTV’s “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.
“THE BACHELORETTE” – SPECIAL PREMIERE ON MONDAY, MAY 20 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), FOLLOWING THE FINALE OF “DANCING WITH THE STARS” PERFORMANCE SHOW THAT NIGHT, BEFORE DEBUTING IN ITS REGULAR TIMESLOT ON MONDAY, MAY 27 (8:00-10:01 p.m.)
This season the hit romance reality series will feature its ninth edition with the lucky new Bachelorette – Desiree Hartsock -- getting to know 25 fortunate men via a series of social gatherings and exotic, romantic dates, some in groups, some individually. She will introduce some of the men to her family and will visit their hometowns for a slice of their lives in an effort to determine the man with whom she is most compatible. At the end of the journey, filled with drama and surprises against the backdrop of spectacular international settings and featuring innovative twists and special guest stars, the Bachelorette may quite possibly have found true love. But the big question is: After all of this, will she hand out her final rose? And if she does, will the final bachelor accept it and propose? Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelorette” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are the executive producers.
“MOTIVE” – SPECIAL DEBUT ON TUESDAY, MAY 21 (10:01-11:00 p.m.), FOLLOWING THE FINALE OF “DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW” THAT NIGHT, BEFORE PREMIERING IN ITS REGULAR TIMESLOT ON THURSDAY, MAY 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
When murder is committed, Angie Flynn, a loving, single mother and a damned good detective, along with her partner, Detective Oscar Vega, are on the case, looking for clues that will lead them to the killer. But “Motive” turns the tried-and-true crime drama formula on its head by indentifying the Killer
and Victim at the beginning of each episode. These storylines are then further explored via stylized flashbacks that piece together the mysterious connection between these two characters and what drove the Killer to commit murder. “Motive” stars Kristin Lehman (“The Killing,” “Judging Amy”) as Detective Angie Flynn, Louis Ferreira (“SGU Stargate Universe,” “Rookie Blue”) as Detective Oscar Vega, Lauren Holly (“NCIS,” “Chicago Hope,” “Picket Fences”) as Dr. Betty Rogers, Roger Cross (“24,” “Arrow”) as Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloom, Brendan Penny as Detective Brian Lucas and Cameron Bright (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”) as Manny Flynn. “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 and James Thorpe. Developed by CTV, the series is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions in association with Bell Media, and distributed by NBCUniversal International.
“ROOKIE BLUE” – PREMIERES THURSDAY, MAY 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
A group of young and ambitious rookie cops continue to navigate the emotional trials and tribulations of their professional and personal lives. After three years on the job, these rookies are well on their way to becoming experienced officers, but at what cost? It’s been six months since Andy McNally and Nick Collins left for their undercover operation. We return to 15 Division with them – and quickly realize that everything seems to have changed. But that’s what being a cop is: adjusting to new situations, rolling with the punches. Change is constant, and if you don’t adapt, you’re left behind. So when Andy returns to find that Sam Swarek is now a Detective and that he’s moved on, both professionally and personally, she’s going to have to figure out how to deal with it. Meanwhile, Dov’s life gets awkward when a one-night stand with Frank’s goddaughter becomes more complicated; Chris is torn between staying at 15 Division and moving his new family back to his smaller, safer hometown; Traci is learning to work with new detective Swarek, while trying to move on from the loss of her fiancé, Jerry Barber; And although Nick and Gail have cemented their relationship, Nick can’t seem to shed the feeling that all is not right between them. Last season our officers got what they wanted and had to deal with the repercussions. This year they will have to look change right in the eye and learn to adapt -- leaving them with some big, bold choices to make. “Rookie Blue” stars Missy Peregrym as Andy McNally, Gregory Smith as Dov Epstein, Charlotte Sullivan as Gail Peck, Enuka Okuma as Traci Nash, Travis Milne as Chris Diaz, Peter Mooney as Nick Collins, Ben Bass as Sam Swarek, and this season introduces Priscilla Faia as Chloe Price and Rachael Ancheril as Marlo Cruz. Also starring in the series are Matt Gordon as Oliver Shaw and Lyric Bent as Frank Best. Tassie Cameron, Ilana Frank, David Wellington, Russ Cochrane and John Morayniss are executive producers. “Rookie Blue” is produced by ICF Films and Entertainment One.
“EXTREME MAKEOVER: WEIGHT LOSS EDITION” – PREMIERES TUESDAY, MAY 28 (8:00-10:01 p.m.)
“Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” -- The hit series returns for Season Three as transformational specialist Chris Powell, author of the New York Times bestseller Choose to Lose, documents the amazing makeover of 15 courageous, “super obese” people who, in an unprecedented 365 days, set out to safely lose up to half of their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. In each of the 13 stand-alone, two-hour episodes, the participants undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals. By assuring they have the proper nourishment and exercise movement, Powell provides a fresh perspective to individuals whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight. He guides each of the participants through their transformation process by moving into their homes with their families or loved ones. The upcoming season is filled with remarkable and eye-opening changes, including twins who work together to shed weight, a married couple and the inspiring story of an amputee who worked to shed the weight he gained after losing his limb. From the producers of ABC’s new celebrity diving series, “Splash,” “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” is executive-produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Matt Assmus and Brant Pinvidic. The series is produced by Eyeworks USA.
“WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” – PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
Using hidden cameras, “What Would You Do?” establishes everyday scenarios and then captures people’s reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Quiñones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process. “What Would You Do?” has won awards from the Chicago International Television Festival, and the Avon Foundation’s 2006 Voice of Change Award for exposing “injustice and wrongdoing against women and bringing the message of domestic violence to the mainstream.”
“MISTRESSES” – PREMIERES MONDAY, JUNE 3 (10:01-11:00 p.m.)
Based on the hit UK television series of the same name, “Mistresses” is a provocative and thrilling drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery: Savannah (“Savi”), a successful career woman working toward the next phase in her life, both professionally and personally; Savi’s free-spirited and capricious baby sister, Josslyn; their friends April, a recent widow and mother of a ten-year-old daughter, and Karen, a therapist with her own thriving practice. These four friends find support and guidance with each other as they brave their turbulent journeys and life’s storms of excitement, secrecy and betrayal, all the while bound by the complex relationships they’ve 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, Jason George as Dominic Taylor and Erik Stocklin as Sam Grey. The series is executive-produced by Rina Mimoun (“Privileged,” “Gilmore Girls”), K.J. Steinberg (“Gossip Girl”), Robert Sertner (“Revenge,” “No Ordinary Family”) and Douglas Rae (“Wuthering Heights,” “Camelot,” “Mistresses,” “Raw,” “Meadowlands”). The series is from ABC Studios.
“CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP” – RETURNS TO THE SCHEDULE SUNDAY, JUNE 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
In “Celebrity Wife Swap,” two mothers of celebrity families, each with opposing values, trade households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) in a week-long challenge. In the first part of the exchange, each mom moves into the other’s home and agrees to follow a manual of “household rules” written by the departing mother, including how to parent, manage their social life, do house work, unwind and more. Everything changes in the second half of the week, when “new mommy” takes charge, introduces her own set of rules and runs the “nest” her way. At the end of the week the two couples meet for the first time. In a raw, honest and highly-charged exchange of views, the couples will make frank assessments of each other and discuss their experiences, having had a very real taste of what life would be like in someone else’s family. “Celebrity Wife Swap” is produced by Tony Yates and Bruce Toms for Zodiak USA.
“WHODUNNIT?” – PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Anthony E. Zuiker, the creator of the “CSI” franchise, begins production on his first primetime reality series, “Whodunnit?” Cris Abrego partners with Zuiker for the new nine-episode alternative series that puts 13 contestants’ investigative skills to the test in a mystery reality competition. Each week players will use a variety of crime scene investigation techniques to meticulously uncover evidence that will ultimately reveal who among them is the killer. The interactive series will pit 13 amateur sleuths against each other in a quest to solve a series of puzzling murders. Some will form alliances and others will choose to go it alone just to get them closer to the grand prize. The contestants will reside on a glamorous estate where each week they must solve a new crime in order to advance in the game. Failure to solve the crime will lead to a player’s demise, until only three are left. In the final episode, one player will unmask the killer and take home the $250,000 prize. “Whodunnit?” is produced by Dare to Pass and 51 Minds. Zuiker and Abrego are executive producers. Matt Weinberg, president of Dare to Pass, also serves as producer.