The summer premiere of ABC’s 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show is shifting to Tuesday, June 21 at 9 PM, the network announced today. It also said that the series premiere of Expedition Impossible and the Season 2 premiere of Rookie Blue will move to Thursday, June 23 at 9 PM and 10 PM, respectively. Wipeout will air a special original episode June 21, with the season premiere airing June 23, both at 8 PM. The series premiere of Take the Money and Run moves to Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 9 PM.
With such strong ratings for The Voice, NBC probably wishes it had it run all during the regular season, but it now is getting more out of the singing competition series by expanding its live performance shows from one to two hours. Beginning June 7, The Voice will run from 9-11 PM on Tuesdays, following America’s Got Talent. Talent will keep its Tuesday, May 31 premiere date as previously scheduled — but now from 8-10 PM — and then air hourlong episodes at 8 PM beginning June 7. The veteran reality series will begin its live shows on Tuesday, July 5 from 9-11 PM for the remainder of the summer season as previously scheduled and result shows on Wednesdays from 9-10 PM. Through its first three weeks on the air, The Voice has averaged a 5.3/13 share in adults 18-49 and 11.8 million viewers overall, making it the top new series of the season in adults 18-49.
CBS’ Big Brother will keep its traditional three-nights-a-week airing pattern this summer with Julie Chen returning as host. It will premiere on Thursday, July 7 and will run Wednesday at 8 PM, Thursdays at 9 PM (live eviction show) and Sundays at 8 PM. On Sundays, Big Brother will run in a block with another reality series, newcomer Same Name, for most of its run. Same Name, about celebrities trading places with total strangers who just happen to share the same name, will premiere July 24.
Additionally, CBS announced that Neil Patrick Harris will return as host of the 65th annual Tony Awards on June 12, confirming Mike Fleming’s scoop from last week. It also said that Wayne Brady will host the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 19 and Michael Chiklis will emcee the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 4.
ABC will unspool eight reality series this summer: returning shows Wipeout and The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad, joined by five new entries, including the weight-loss spinoff of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Jerry Bruckheimer- and Bertram Van Munster-produced Take the Money and Run, originally slated for an April launch, and Mark Burnett’s Expedition Impossible. Scripted series are represented by two shows, both internationally produced: returning Canadian import Rookie Blue and the new Canadian/U.K. co-production The Hot Zone (formerly Combat Hospital). The ABC-developed thriller Missing, originally targeted for summer, was pushed to early fall around the time Ashley Judd signed on for the lead in February.
A list of ABC’s summer premiere dates (new series in bold) as well as descriptions of the new shows:
After airing original scripted programming in the summer for the past few years, Fox is throwing in the towel this year with a lineup featuring fresh reality fare and scripted reruns. There will be no new shows introduced this summer, with the untitled Jamie Foxx/Affion Crockett sketch comedy, previously scheduled to premiere June 9, pulled indefinitely. (The series already suffered a setback when its preview after American Idol was canceled.) Fox’s original summer slate will consist of the return of So You Think You Can Dance, Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef. Possibly promising news for 2 scripted series on the bubble, both with ties to Shawn Ryan, The Chicago Code and Lie To Me, both of which are scheduled to air reruns during the summer. Fringe, which doesn’t repeat well, is not on the schedule. Here is the detailed Fox summer schedule with premiere dates: