ABC's summer: chock full o' reality

Hate reality television and looking for a good time to go on vacation? This summer would be a good time to cash in those frequent-flyer miles and get far, far away from the tube. NBC has already loaded its "All-American Summer" with reality programming, and it appears that ABC is of the same mind.

The network released details of its summer schedule yesterday, touting the launch of eight series--all of which require no scriptwriters.

Leading things off on May 19 will be a two-hour premiere of the fourth edition of The Bachelorette. This chapter of the show stars the once-shunned DeAnna Pappas from last season's The Bachelor on the other side of things--she'll be the one picking from 25 potential suitors.

On May 26, The Mole will surface for its fifth go on television. The new edition will keep the tried-and-true formula of the show: a group of contestants must figure out which among them is "the Mole," a saboteur trying to keep them from winning money. Extra's John Kelley will host this year's edition.

Fans of wacky athletic challenges will find June 24 satisfying, as ABC premieres two new shows, Wipeout and I Survived a Japanese Game Show. The former is clearly influenced by popular game shows from the Far East that see contestants navigate complex obstacle courses, while the latter glosses over influences and simply sends Americans over to Japan to compete in the native game shows.

On June 26, ABC News' documentary Hopkins attempts to show off a real-life Grey's Anatomy by going behind the scenes at Baltimore's John Hopkins Hospital. The six-part program will conveniently follow Grey's on Thursday nights.

Dance competition shows get a shot in the arm with Dance Machine, which premieres June 27. Machine strips down the boogie formula by making things super simple: one-on-one dance-offs between two noncelebs. You just got served, Dancing with the Stars.

Finally, the previously announced High School Musical-themed reality show finally has a name, details, and a debut date. High School Musical: Summer Session is basically an American Idol clone with younger talent in which the winners will be treated to a summer music program. The show will premiere July 20 and continue airing through the end of the summer.

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I LOVE THE MOLE---its actually one of the only good reality shows



but everything else is absolute crap. especially the high school musical show, wich is really getting on its ass's-end
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boring.
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REALITY = GARBAGE TV.
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Great more reality garbage.....when will people stop watching the stuff? I'm with you B4UBlahh the networks need to stop making the reality programs....they are so boring.
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Dam you ABC,NBC,FOX and any other TV station broadcasting more reality shows, they're all garbage. I have to spend another summer outside BBQin at family functions instead of glueing myself infront of the tv.

P.A.R.T (People Against Reality Television) I am starting this movement to get people together to influence TV stations, to stop making any more reality TV programs. They need to get they're heads out of the ground, and there pocket books out, and stop making generic programs and start making quality television. Then they will find views doing less feeble viewing, and changing the channel every 30min to find better shows

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"Well, you see, we really don't have enough money to invest in 'scripted' shows- we're saving those for the fall- so we have a lot of these inexpensive reality and game shows that we feel..." *CLICK*
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Good summer to watch The Closer , Monk and Psych.
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ilike he mole will probely be the only one I watch
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Shame on you ABC!

SHAME!!!!

Stop killing americans brain cells they needs what little they have left!



/BARf on you ABC
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ughh.. so they decided to go through with the High School Musical reality show after all. When will these idiots learn. What disney needs to stop doing is counting all the money they made off the 8 year olds that watched the movies and realize that a junior American Idol was tried before. Yeah American Juniors and you know what happened to it Disney it crashed and burned so bad they cancled half way and announced 5 kids as the winners.
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Hopkins is the only one interesting new show. Maybe 'cause it's a documentary, not a reality show.
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I liked The Mole, it was a pretty cool/original show. Everything else can burn though.
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Well looks like there will be one channel I won't be watching this summer.
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[Execubot rolls dice] "More reality tv, Thats JUST what the viewers want."
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Reality tv is for morons. NBS is killing their future by relying so heavily on these kinds of shows. They should just officially merge with the gameshow network and get it over with. I'd love to see a station that refuses to showcase reality tv. Only show smart scripted dramas, comedies and a bit of sci-fi.
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i wonder if i survived a japanese game show is a remake of mxc?
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Whatever, I'll probably not watch any of them. But if The Mole was celebrity Mole I'd would.
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I know its just the summer but come on, don't you think we have had enough of lousy reality shows!
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As long as they do it in the summer, I'm fine, just don't cancel fallpilots/shows because of this reality trash. I'll fill my summer with rewinds or shows I haven't yet watched.
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