Unscripted

U.S. broadcasters’ unscripted upfronts: ABC

While taking big risks on the drama front, the Alphabet network is playing it safe with unscripted this fall, with its Upfront confirming the return of reality hits Dancing with the Stars, Secret Millionaire and Shark Tank.
May 17, 2011

While taking big risks on the drama front, the Alphabet network is playing it safe with unscripted this fall, with its Upfront confirming the return of reality hits Dancing with the Stars, Secret Millionaire and Shark Tank.

Sony Pictures Television’s Shark Tank, entering its third season and exec produced by Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill and Phil Gurin, will air Fridays at 9 p.m. EST; while BBC Worldwide Production’s Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST, with a results show airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST.

Elsewhere, ABC has also recommissioned Endemol USA’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Fridays, 8 p.m. EST), which returns for its ninth season; and Next Entertainment/Warner Horizon Television’s The Bachelor, which is now in its 16th season.

Long-running clip show America’s Funniest Home Videos (Sundays, 7 p.m. EST) enters its 22nd season, while primetime news magazine 20/20 (Fridays, 10 p.m. EST) marks its 32nd anniversary.

As previously reported, ABC is making a number of schedule moves – the summer premiere of 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show is moving to Tuesday, June 21 at 9 p.m. EST, while the series premiere of Expedition Impossible moves to Thursday, June 23, at 9 p.m. EST.

Game show Wipeout will air a special original episode June 21, with the season premiere airing June 23, both nights having an 8 p.m. EST slot. The premiere of ABC’s new reality series Take the Money and Run has also moved, to Tuesday, August 2 at 9 p.m. EST.

ABC’s Upfront is this year most notable for the changes to its entertainment line-up, the first under the net’s new entertainment president Paul Lee, with 13 new comedy and drama series slated, including a remake of Charlie’s Angels.

Lee described the line-up as “a really diverse and ambitious schedule that balances the strength and stability of our returning hits with a slew of bold new shows.”

For yesterday’s coverage of NBC and Fox’s Upfronts, click here. CBS unveils its fall lineup tomorrow (Wednesday), with The CW following on Thursday.

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