'Bachelor Pad,' 3 scripted shows join ABC summer schedule

ali-bachelorette-one.jpgABC is stepping up the amount of original programming it will have on the air in the summer, with three scripted shows, the "Bachelor"-meets-"Big Brother" reality creature "Bachelor Pad" and several ABC News productions joining the party.

The new shows join the previously announced "Bachelorette," "Wipeout" and "True Beauty" on the schedule. The network will have original programming on four nights a week in the summer: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

"Bachelor Pad" will take over "The Bachelorette's" slot in August. The show will bring together 20 former "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" contestants and have them compete for cash in a series of challenges, while also offering them "a 'second chance' at finding love," per ABC's press release. Participants will be announced later.

The new scripted shows are "The Gates," about the new police chief of a small town plagued by supernatural phenomena; "Scoundrels," a dramedy about a family of criminals starring Virginia Madsen and David James Elliott; and "Rookie Blue" (formerly "Copper"), which follows the lives of five young police officers, including "Reaper's" Missy Peregrym. All three premiere in June.

Also on the schedule: "Boston Med," an ABC News documentary series about the doctors, nurses and patients in several Boston hospitals (it's a successor to 2008's "Hopkins"); the skyscraper-based game show "Downfall," which will be paired with "Wipeout"; and "Head Cases," in which "Nightline" co-anchor Martin Bashir looks into the leading edge of neuroscience.

Here's the full ABC summer schedule.

Monday, May 24

9 p.m. "The Bachelorette" (moves to 8 p.m. on May 31)

Monday, May 31

10 p.m. "True Beauty"

Tuesday, June 1

8 p.m. "Wipeout" special (two hours)

Sunday, June 20

9 p.m. "The Gates"
10 p.m. "Scoundrels"

Tuesday, June 22

8 p.m. "Wipeout" premiere

Thursday, June 24

9 p.m. "Rookie Blue"
10 p.m. "Boston Med"

Tuesday, June 29

9 p.m. "Downfall"

Tuesday, July 20

10 p.m. "Primetime: Mind Games"

Monday, Aug. 9

8 p.m. "Bachelor Pad"
10 p.m. "Dating in the Dark"

Tuesday, Aug. 10

9 p.m. "Shaq Vs."

Thursday, Aug. 19

10 p.m. "Head Cases"

Tuesday, Aug. 24

10 p.m. "Primetime: Crime"

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