ABC dates final Daisies, Eli, Dirty

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It's finally almost time for closure. ABC has set up its summer schedule, and in addition to a heap of new and returning reality programs, the network has scheduled the remaining episodes of shows it cancelled last year.

Saturday nights will be the day ABC burns off the final episodes of Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone, and Dirty Sexy Money. Pushing Daisies will say goodbye first, airing each Saturday at 10 p.m. from May 30 to June 13. Eli Stone will take the next shift June 20 to July 11, and Dirty Sexy Money will end things July 18 to August 8.

As for the rest of the schedule, don't expect much in the way of scripted programs. Reality dominates ABC's warm months, with The Bachelorette being the big gun of the group. The dating show will return May 18 and star Jillian Harris, who finished in third place in the last cycle of The Bachelor, as she picks from a group of studs.

Behind The Bachelorette starting May 25 will be Here Come the Newlyweds, which apparently is in its second season (I have zero recollection of this program).

Also scheduled are the return of human obstacle-course Wipeout (Wednesday, May 27), the premieres of Mike Judge's animated The Goode Family (May 27) and the sporty The Superstars (Tuesday, June 23), and the second coming of I Survived a Japanese Game Show (Wednesday, July 8).

But what you'll really want to tune in for is the July 20 debut of Dating in the Dark--one of the season's most ridiculous shows. The premise sees three single men and three single women set up on mini-dates with each other… in complete darkness.

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