ABC announced its elaborate summer schedule on Wednesday (April 8), but for many viewers, the most exciting part of the release will be premiere dates for the remaining episodes of "Pushing Daisies," "Eli Stone" and "Dirty Sexy Money."
Saturday nights will be Burn-Off Theater Night on ABC throughout the summer, as the network uses the 10 p.m. hour to gratify fans of a trio of adored, low-rated dramas.
The last three episodes of "Pushing Daisies" will air on Saturdays at 10 p.m. from May 30 to June 13. "Eli Stone" will move into that time slot the following week, jettisoning its remaining episodes from June 20 to July 11. "Dirty Sexy Money" will take over on July 18, with new episodes going through August 8.
A slew of favorites (or semi-favorites) will return to ABC starting on Monday, May 18 with the two-hour premiere of "The Bachelorette," featuring Jillian Harris, one of several women to fail to win the heart of the fickle Jason Mesnick. "The Bachelorette" will air Mondays from 8-to-10, with the new series "Here Come the Newlyweds" premiering on May 25 in the 10 p.m. hour.
After ABC has run out of new episodes of "Newlyweds," ABC will premiere "Dating in the Dark," a dating show in which singles can only interact without lights, on Monday, July 20. [And yes, this appears to be an entire show based around a challenge from the barely seen reality show "Queen Bees."]
"Wipeout" returns to Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. starting on May 27. That night will also mark the premiere of the animated comedy "The Goode Family," from Mike Judge. ABC will also move its new Bob Saget sitcom "Surviving Suburbia," which premiered to "Dancing with the Stars" inflated numbers on Monday, to Wednesdays at 9:30 on that same night.
After ABC has run through new episodes of "The Goode Family" and "Surviving Suburbia," the second season of "I Survived a Japanese Game Show" will launch on July 8 in the Wednesday 9 p.m. slot.
Also premiering on ABC this summer is "The Superstars," a fresh take on the Wide World of Sports classic. The six-episode series, pitting athletes from different sports against each other in a series of challenges, begins on Tuesday, June 24 at 8 p.m.
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