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“American Idol” revival and “Bachelor” spinoffs on tap for ABC

Disney Media Network-owned ABC’s programming slate includes a host of reality shows, including the revival of the reality competition show, American Idol from Fremantle Media North America and 19 Entertainment. Also on the roster ...
May 17, 2017

Disney Media Network-owned ABC’s programming slate includes a host of reality shows, including the revival of the reality competition showAmerican Idol from Fremantle Media North America and 19 Entertainment.

Also on the roster are spin-offs of franchise hits including The Bachelor Winter Games. The new series will reunite the favorite participants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette in a luxury resort where they will compete in athletic challenges — and love. In the new dance competition show, Dancing with the Stars Junior, celebrity kids are paired with professional junior ballroom dancers.

The network also has two new specials planned starting with a two-hour live action version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” slated for October. Meanwhile, Rolling Stone 50 will pay homage to the brand that is celebrating 50 years with a curated journey of its most influential moments.

Also returning to the network is the 20th season of ABC News primetime newsmagazine 20/20; The Bachelor; The Bachelorette; Dancing with the Stars; and America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Below are the new shows hitting ABC for 2017-2018 primetime schedule.

American Idol

ABC is bringing back American Idol. The network, along with producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, will revive television’s most successful and recognized music competition series for the 2017-2018 season, bringing back the fan-favorite and making more dreams come true. A host and judges will be announced at a later time.

American Idols profound effect on the music industry is far-reaching and continually growing, launching the careers of superstars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, among many others.  American Idol contestants have sold more than 60 million albums, resulting in more than 80 Platinum records and 95 Gold records. Its participants have generated more than 450 Billboard No. 1 hits and sold more than 260 million digital downloads.

American Idol is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

The Bachelor Winter Games

America’s favorite participants from past seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, from arch rivals to villains, will take competitive dating to a chilling new level.  In an ode to the Winter Olympic Games and slated to premiere in February 2018, The Bachelor Winter Games will reunite the all-stars at a luxurious winter resort, where they will go head-to-head in winter-themed athletic challenges, including the toughest sport of all – love.

The Bachelor Winter Games is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton to executive produce.

Dancing With the Stars Junior

A fresh new take on an established favorite, Dancing with the Stars Junior will pair celebrity kids and kids of celebrities with professional junior ballroom dancers to perform choreographed routines, which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, to be announced at a later date.

Slated to debut in spring 2018, Dancing with the Stars Junior is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions

The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live!

In a two-hour special event, ABC will take the iconic “The Little Mermaid” animated feature film and intertwine it with show stopping LIVE musical performances via cutting-edge technology for an explosive evening honoring one of Walt Disney’s most celebrated classics. Fans of “The Little Mermaid” and Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s Oscar-winning songs will enjoy this never-before-seen live action/animation hybrid television experience featuring a soon-to-be announced roster of some of their favorite celebrity artists, whose performances will weave seamlessly throughout the original animated film.

The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live! is set to premiere on Oct. 3. The special is produced by Done + Dusted with Hamish Hamilton, Ian Stewart, David Jammy, Katy Mullan, and Richard Kraft, of Kraft-Engel Productions, serving as executive producers.

Rolling Stone 50

For half a century, Rolling Stone has remained an iconic and important voice in American music, culture and politics. Now, the people who have told their stories through the Rolling Stone lens are coming together to reflect on the last 50 years. Rolling Stone 50 will pay homage to the brand’s influence and impact through a curated journey of its most seminal moments. Live from New York City, the three-hour special television event, set to debut Feb. 7, 2018, will showcase live performances, short films, iconic on-stage moments, never-before-seen musical pairings, and celebrities that have shaped pop culture, music and politics.

The special is a production of Done + Dusted and Wenner Media. Jann Wenner and Gus Wenner of Wenner Media and Stewart, Jammy and Mullan of Done + Dusted serve as executive producers.

 

 

 

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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