ABC Sets Fall Premieres for Unscripted Lineup With Scripted Series to Come at a Later Date

The Bachelorette and Shark Tank are two that will return in October

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The Bachelorette is coming back to the network for its 16th season on Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. ABC/John Fleenor
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ABC’s fall schedule is beginning to take shape. The network today announced the premiere dates of its unscripted shows, which will roll out through September and October. Scripted shows have yet to announce premiere dates.

The Bachelorette, one of ABC’s most popular reality dating series, is coming back to the network for its 16th season on Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. Before then, though, ABC is also bringing back a number of long-running unscripted series, including Dancing With the Stars, which will return on the network for its 29th season on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. Later in the month, the sixth season of Celebrity Family Feud, the second season of Press Your Luck and the fifth season of Match Game will all premiere Sept. 24, beginning with Celebrity Family Feud at 8 p.m.

Startup reality series Shark Tank will return for its 12th season on Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. Two days later, the 31st season of America’s Funniest Home Videos will premiere at 7 p.m. with Supermarket Sweep, a classic TV game show that has aired in various forms on ABC since the 1960s, on ABC the same night at 8 p.m. with Saturday Night Live comedian Leslie Jones hosting and executive producing. And at 9 p.m. on Oct. 18, the second season of Jimmy Kimmel-hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? will return to the network, followed by Card Sharks, at 10 p.m. hosted by Joel McHale.

“We’re fortunate to have such a strong unscripted slate to launch our first wave of programming this fall,” Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. “Presenting the new Supermarket Sweep with Leslie Jones alongside fresh, original episodes of returning shows that viewers have come to know and love is invigorating. And with our scripted series ramping up production, we look forward to announcing more premiere dates very soon.”

These premiere announcements come as uncertainty around programming continues to cloud fall television lineups due to production delays that have disrupted the content pipeline for networks. CBS yesterday announced that it would pad its fall lineup of originals with shows from streamer CBS All Access and cable network Pop TV. Additionally, some of its reality series, including Love Island and Big Brother, will run further into the fall after their summer releases faced some delays.

Celebrity Family Feud, Press Your Luck and Match Game had all finished filming before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and will resume their seasons that had premiered in the summer. Other shows are working out exact production schedules. ABC hasn’t yet announced its lineup of scripted series that will air on the network this fall, but the network said those announcements were forthcoming at a later date.


@kelseymsutton kelsey.sutton@adweek.com Kelsey Sutton is the streaming editor at Adweek, where she covers the business of streaming television.
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