Ashley Hebert, The Bachelorette
Television finale season is upon us, but ABC is already lining up its summer programming.
The Alphabet network's warm-weather lineup includes the premiere of the ninth season of The Bachelorette and the return of cop drama Rookie Blue, New this summer are the debuts of The Hot Zone, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and game shows Expedition Impossible, Take the Money and Run and 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show.
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The Hot Zone is drama set at the only military hospital with advanced surgical care in Southern Afghanistan in 2006. Elias Koteas, Michelle Borth, Luke Mably, Deborah Kara Unger, Terry Chen and Arnold Pinnock star.
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition documents the year-long transformation of obese participants who attempt to lose half of their body weight. Each episode will follow a different participant.
On 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, contestants will answer multiple choice questions. At the end of each round, one contestant is eliminated in such extreme ways as being flown away strapped to the wing of a biplane, pushed off the top of a moving semi truck or dragged underwater by a one-ton anchor. Expedition Impossible features 13 teams racing across desserts and snow-capped mountains, while Take the Money and Run is a cat-and-mouse game that pits professional investigators against everyday people trying to solve clues and win $100,000.
Check out the full list of summer premieres:
Monday, May 23
The Bachelorette, 9/8c
Monday, May 30
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, 10/9c
Thursday, June 16*
Wipeout, 8/7c (sneak preview)
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, 9/8c
Rookie Blue, 10/9c
Tuesday, June 21
Expedition Impossible, 9/8c
The Hot Zone, 10/9c
Thursday, July 28*
Take the Money and Run, 9/8c
Monday, Aug. 8
Bachelor Pad, 8/7c
America's Karaoke Challenge, 10/9c
*If there is a Game 7 of the NBA Finals, these programs will move to Thursday, June 23
**If there is a Game 7 of the NBA Finals, it will premiere Thursday, Aug. 4