ABC Announces Its Summer Schedule, and It Does Not Look Very Good


Cuffs go on the criminal! Why can't I remember that?

We knew ABC's summer schedule would be lacking in what we TV experts eloquently call the "good stuff" department—most networks' warm-weather lineups are—but it's pretty striking how bad it is when you see it all stacked up. ABC has peeled off the veil stained paper towel that's been covering its 2012 summer schedule, and all we can think is, "Put it back! Put it back!"

I don't mean to pile on ABC; all major networks treat summer like the only people who watch TV during the season are blind, deaf, and dumb. ABC just happens to be the one that pooped out its summer schedule today. But when Bachelor Pad is far and away the best the network has to offer, it's gonna get a lashin'.

Here's ABC's summer schedule, if you dare to look:

Thursday, May 24:
8-10pm Duets (series premiere)
10-11pm Rookie Blue

Sunday, June 3:
8-9pm Secret Millionaire
9-11pm Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

Thursday, June 28:
9-10pm Wipeout

Tuesday, July 10:
9-10pm Trust Us With Your Life (series premiere, back-to-back episodes)
10-11pm Final Witness (series premiere)

Tuesday, July 17:
9-9:30pm Trust Us With Your Life (regular time period premiere)

Monday, July 23:
8-10pm Bachelor Pad

You are stranded on a desert island with only a television that is constantly playing one of these shows on a loop. Which show do you pick?


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the arsenic please

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love rookie blue though I hope that they do a little marathon for me to remember the last couple episodes cause I don't remember everything
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Rookie Blue, the rest does not sound that good.
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I might catch a couple eps of Secret Millionaire. Other than that, I figure my summer's gonna be divided up between catching up on Rookie Blue cuz that looks cool and then TNT for the last of the Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and then what is left prob a lot of Netflix.
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Rookie Blue. Love Missy Peregrym! I'll watch Wipeout if nothing else is on.... always good for a laugh. The rest of their sched blows.
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100% Rookie Blue
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rookie blue
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Rookie Blue
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Out of all that Rookie Blue is the only thing worth watching.



"all major networks treat summer like the only people who watch TV during the season are blind, deaf, and dumb"



You seem to forget that there used to be a time when the ONLY thing networks ran during the summer was reruns. A lot of these short, summer series may not be great, but at least it's something new and different.
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ABC, YOU SUCK!!!



Now I can atleast catch up on reading. Thank you for letting me now use my own imagination...



As for you SUJUNI01, my congrats to your roommate's sister, I have no idea which reality you live in, there is no such thing as LAZYCASH, go advertize on Gumtree, moron
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Except from Rookie Blue that I watch when I catch it on tv, I don't know any other show figuring on the list and I'd pretty much kill myself if I had to watch it over and over again. It's pretty much bullcrap...
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Wipeout! is the only one of these shows I'll care about, and that's only if I actually remember it on. Summer is when I basically watch no TV instead choosing to sit down and read a good book because of the lack of quality programming. Heck, Wipeout! and Falling Skies were the only shows I really watched last summer (outside of Rangers baseball and the occasional WWE RAW).
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Nothing interesting. Then again, I only watch Big Brother in the summer.
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Rookie Blue is a good series. I'm looking forward to watching season three!



The upcoming police drama NYC 22 (formerly The 2-2) sounds, to me, like a New York version of Rookie Blue.
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For me that would be Rookie Blue. I'm not in love with it, but it was kinda cute. What I don't get is why they cancel perfectly good shows that aren't getting top ratings instead of airing them in this "dead zone" where they might prosper.
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that is a really lame summer line up

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What a crappy summer line up. The only tolerable show is Rookie Blue and even that I could do without. I hope they make changes to the line up before summer hits.
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As long as CBS has Big Brother, that's all that really matters.
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Rookie Blue is good.
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Wipeout was good for one year but it gets tired quickly.
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I love Rookie Blue, so it's an easy choice for me! The rest of it is shite though.
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You mean there is electricity on a desert island? Now there's a loophole to escape and find better programming!
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To be fair, summer is for working extra jobs and watching all the shows you couldn't watch during the season. I've given up on network summer shows. They always get canned.
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HAHAHAHA...the funniest thing here is definitely how this douche calls himself a TV expert. Good one...HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
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Well, that's just the major networks. SyFy and TNT will be premiering their new seasons: Leverage, Alphas, Warehouse 13, Haven. I don't think anyone can dismiss those. BBC will be holding back Doctor Who until late fall/early winter, unfortunately. And network TV has occasionally given us some good summer fare (fond memories of Persons Unknown...).
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I brain myself with the TV
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I hope Duets lives up to the hype I've been hearing 'cause that's the only thing lookin' good
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"Which show do you pick?" Why can't I just watch ant races? *sigh* Well, thank goodness for cable on the mainland....
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Wipeout. At least then I'll be somewhat entertained.
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To answer your question: suicide.
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I can't decide between either "Wipeout" (because I find it funny) or "Trust Us With Your Life" (because I love the guys from Whose Line Is It Anyway).
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"You are stranded on a desert island..."



I destroy the TV.
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Well sure, if that's an option, yes!



I thought it was the Twilight Zone Island from Hell and the TV is a cursed, and therefore indestructible object.
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That is genuinely horrific. Maybe we could just hibernate through summer & awake when TV gets good again?
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Estivate through summer. :)
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I love using the summer months to start a show I missed when it first came out. My summer watch-list his year is Fringe, Sons of Anarchy and Arrested Development.
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Just throw in a Castle re-run bonanza and you're good to go ABC.
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Even though Wipeout is the predecessor to "Ow, My Balls!" from Idiocracy, I always watch it when it's on.
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rookie blue..i can look at Missy Peregrym ALL DAY!!!!
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i quitelike rookie blue - does that make me weird?
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I guess I take either Trust Us... or Extreme Makeover.
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When it comes to summer, I live through cable. Bring on Breaking Bad!
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Are you serious Bachelor Pad the best to offer -ROOKIE BLUE,ROOKIE BLUE,ROOKIE BLUE is THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!
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rookie blue
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Can't wait for Rookie Blue!
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I'd pick Rookie Blue. Any day.
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Horrible lineup, horrible.
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Wipeout's the only thing worth watching.
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I don't know why this is such a surprise to some people. I can't remember the last time I watched a summer series on network TV.



I've heard some good things about Rookie Blue, but there are other, probably better, shows I want to catch up on this summer.
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o dear
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Only one I would consistently watch (if the wife would let me) is Wipeout. I so wish I could be on the show.
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wow network TV these days has gotten SO shitty... and I'm not even talking about the disgrace that is reality TV. I mean the utterly poor unoriginal concepts that these people come up with, and convince these networks to waste millions and millions of dollars on! I just do not get it. If I was a network TV exec I'd run these networks better than half of these senseless idiots.



We need more quality! Cable networks know what the hell they are doin, thank Jeebus. AMC FX SHO and HBO are the silver screen entertainment's saviors.
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