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Thursday, January 9, 2020


ABC to Revive “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”
ABC has announced a revival of game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” with the new version hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel will be featured in a special run of episodes featuring celebrity contestants playing for charity. In addition, a new interactive game will allow viewers to play along from home. “Millionaire” is set to premiere on Wednesday, April 8.

The scoop: For the first time in the history of the U.S. franchise, celebrities playing on “Millionaire” can invite a guest in the hot seat to help them answer questions. It could be a relative, a beloved teacher or a famed trivia expert – anyone they want – to help them win as much money as they can for the charity of their choice. Additionally, this special run of shows will be introducing a revolutionary, live, play-along app which will allow America to compete to win the same amount of money that celebrities are playing for on the show.

Celebrities confirmed to appear on this new edition of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” will be announced at a later date.

ABC Announces “The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart”
ABC is expanding its “Bachelor” franchise with “The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart,” which premieres on Monday, April 13. The logline for this tale of TV love reality style: “The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart” unites two of the most emotionally powerful forces in human life: music and love, as 20 single men and women embark on an incredible journey to find love through music. Singing well-known songs, both individually and as couples, they will look to form attractions through the melodies, find and reveal their feelings and ultimately, fall in love.

The eligible bachelors and bachelorettes will meet and explore their relationships while living together and going on Bachelor-style dates that focus on music. Once the couples commit to each other, it will be time to take their relationship to the next level. The harmony of the couples will be tested through musical challenges, including live performances judged by some of the biggest names in the music business. Ultimately, the couples whose performances reveal their love and devotion to one another will continue to be given a chance to further their relationships until only one couple is left standing.

“The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Bennett Graebner, Peter Gust, Tim Warner, Louis Caric and Peter Geist will executive produce the series.

ABC Orders Pilot for “thirtysomething” Sequel
ABC has greenlit a pilot for a proposed new version of “thirtysomething,” featuring an ensemble of new faces playing the grown-up, 30-something children of the original cast reprised by Ken Olin (Michael Steadman), Mel Harris (Hope Murdoch), Timothy Busfield (Elliot Weston) and Patty Wettig (Nancy Weston). The logline: Apparently, raising children (even grown children) never ends, but who could have known how hard it would be for them to raise their parents?

During its original run from 1987-1991, “thirtysomething” quickly became a cultural phenomenon, garnering 13 Emmy Awards including Best Drama and two Golden Globe Awards. The series, which highlighted a tight-knit group of baby boomers and their struggles, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017.

Showrunners and “thirtysomething” creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick will return under their Bedford Falls Co. banner along with MGM Television. Edward Zwick is set to direct.

ABC Orders Supernatural Drama “The Brides”
ABC has picked up
 “The Brides,” a new drama from executive producer/writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Riverdale,” “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”), Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television to pilot.  Maggie Kiley (“American Horror Story,” “Riverdale,” upcoming “Katy Keene”) is set to direct.

The logline: “The Brides,” a sexy contemporary reimagining of “Dracula, is a family drama with a trio of powerful female leads at its heart. With strong horror elements, “The Brides” is a vampire soap about empowered, immortal women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy — and their nontraditional family. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is set to write, with Maggie Kiley to direct. Aguirre-Sacasa will executive produce with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions and Kiley.

The project is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of Twentieth Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.


ABC’s “The Conners” to Air Live

ABC News’ coverage of the first-in-the-nation primary will be incorporated into the broadcast of sitcom The Conners, which will air live on both coasts on Tuesday, February 11 at 8 p.m. ET. The results will be incorporated into the story in real time as the results roll in during the evening.
The live episode will find Mark (Ames McNamara) watching the results of the primary for a school report with Harris (Emma Kenney), who is apathetic to the electoral process and believes money’s influence in politics means real change is impossible. The rest of the Conners share their differing takes on why they all think everyone should vote, including their working-class perspective that you may have to vote for a candidate you don’t love but one that will “screw you the least.”

All of this happens against the backdrop of romance when Louise (Katey Sagal) gets an opportunity that might send her away from Lanford, prompting the family to interfere in Dan’s (John Goodman) complicated relationship with her by throwing Louise a surprise going-away party, creating major new tensions between Dan and his daughters.

Leslie Jones to Host the New “Supermarket Sweep”
Former “SNL” star Leslie Jones has been tapped to host the upcoming revival of game show “Supermarket Sweep” on ABC. Produced by Fremantle, the series follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes.

The original format aired on ABC from 1965 to 1967 and wwas adapted in 13 international territories and, most recently, relaunched in the UK. Production on the 10-episode order is set to begin this spring. An airdate will be announced at a later date.

“Supermarket Sweep” is produced by Fremantle. Executive producers include Leslie Jones, Hunter Seidman,Jennifer Mullin and Alycia Rossiter.


Romantic drama “The Baker and the Beauty,” which follows the relationship of everyman Daniel (Victor Rasuk) and international superstar Noa (Nathalie Kelley), will launch on ABC on Monday, April 6 at 10 p.m. ET.

“How to Get Away with Murder” on ABC, starring Oscar winner Viola Davis, will conclude on Thursday, May 14 at 10 p.m. ET. Six episodes were ordered for this final season, which opens on April 2.

ABC’s “Shark Tank” is returning to its former Friday 8 p.m. ET on February 28. It replaces sitcoms “American Housewife” and “Fresh Off the Boat” (which will have concluded its six season run). “American Housewife” moves to Wednesday at 9 p.m. on April 15 (following the final episode of “Modern Family” one week earlier).

The “Jeopardy!” champions tournament continues on ABC…ABC News offers “Truth and Lies: The Jeffrey Epstein Story”…Discovery debuts docuseries “Reclaimed”…Season premieres: “Very Cavallari” on E!; “What on Earth?” on Science; “Building Off the Grid” on Discovery…“The Interrogator” concludes for the season on ID…For the listing of available programs for Thursday, January 9 click here