ABC Announces Its 2011 Summer Schedule

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ABC announces the following summer premiere dates for its new series and returning favorites:

Thursday, June16: <br/>
8:00-9:00 p.m.        Wipeout (sneak-peek episode)*<br/>
9:00-10:00 p.m.     101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (series premiere)* <br/>
10:00-11:00 p.m.     Rookie Blue (second season premiere)* <br/><br/>

*If there is a Game 7 of the NBA Finals, these programs will move to Thursday, June 23<br/><br/>

Tuesday, June 21: <br/>
8:00-9:00 p.m.        Wipeout (regular time premiere) <br/>
9:00-10:00 p.m.     Expedition Impossible (series premiere) <br/>
10:00-11:00 p.m.     The Hot Zone (series premiere) <br/><br/>

Thursday, July 28: <br/>
9:00-10:00 p.m.     Take the Money and Run (series premiere)** <br/><br/>

**If there is a Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Take the Money and Run will premiere Thursday, August 4<br/><br/>

Monday, August 8<br/>
8:00-10:00 p.m.    Bachelor Pad (second season premiere) <br/>
10:00-11:00 p.m.    America’s Karaoke Challenge (series premiere) <br/><br/>

Here is the 411 on the new series:

Extreme Makeover: Weight-Loss Edition
: In a unique, non-competitive show about weight loss,  Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition will document the amazing makeover of eight courageous, “super obese” people. Shot over an unprecedented 365 days, the participants set out to safely lose half of their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. The term “super obese” defines those who exceed their estimated ideal weight by approximately 225 percent and who are roughly 200 pounds or more overweight. Trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell (The 640-Pound Virgin) will guide each of eight participants through their transformation process by moving into their homes with their families or loved ones. By assuring that they have the proper nourishment and exercise movement, Chris will provide a fresh perspective to individuals whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight.

101 Ways to Leave a Game Show: 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show will feature contestants competing in one of the most insane game shows in history for a chance to win $50,000. In 101 Ways, contestants will match wits in a series of multiple choice questions, with one contestant being eliminated every round. But unlike any other game show in the world, the eliminated contestant will then be ejected from the show in spectacular fashion — i.e., being flown away strapped to the wing of a biplane, pushed off the top of a moving semi truck, dragged underwater by a one-ton anchor or yanked off a dock by a speed boat. The show will be hosted by Jeff Sutphen.

Expedition Impossible
: Adventurer, zoologist, big cat trainer and all-around risk taker Dave Salmoni hosts ABC’s epic summer series, “Expedition Impossible,” which features ordinary people doing the extraordinary in the biggest adventure of their lives. The show will feature 13 teams of 3, racing on an expedition across vast deserts, over snow capped mountains and through raging rivers. Each week a new stage of the expedition will be revealed to the teams. Will they crumble under the pressure of having to think clearly in the wilds of the great outdoors, or will they find a way to work together to complete their adventures? After 10 stunning legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory.

The Hot Zone: This new drama is set in 2006 at the only military hospital providing advanced surgical care in all of Southern Afghanistan, and charts the frantic lives of the hospital’s resident doctors and nurses from Canada, America, the U.K. and other allied countries. This highly-charged series follows the characters as they navigate through the relentless life-and-death battles on the operating table and the never-ending conflicts that arise from working in a war zone military hospital. The Hot Zone stars Elias Koteas (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as Colonel Marks, Michelle Borth (Hawaii Five-0) as Canadian surgeon Dr. Rebecca Gordon, Luke Mably (The Gates) as neurosurgeon Dr. Simon Hill, Deborah Kara Unger (The Hurricane) as Australian army psychiatrist Major Ada Pedersen, Terry Chen (Sanctuary) as trauma team leader Captain Bobby Trang and Arnold Pinnock (The Listener) as Commander Will Royal, Chief of Nursing.

Take the Money and Run: From the producers of The Amazing Race and the CSI franchise comes an entirely new, heart-stopping competition show. Combining all the elements of an edge-of-your-seat spy thriller with the excitement of rooting for real people in various locales outwitting high-level investigators, Take the Money and Run is an exhilarating competition series that will take reality television to a whole new level. The cat and mouse format will pit investigative professionals against everyday people trying to win a $100,000 prize.

America’s Karaoke Challenge: This summer ABC brings viewers the amazing story of a competition that draws thousands of the most talented singers together in the ultimate sing-off – the Karaoke World Championships USA. It’s a battle of performances from America’s biggest karaoke competition that will crown a new king and queen of karaoke.

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