The network, ABC, has recently set its unscripted slate for the winter, including the game shows that will be giving its Thursday dramas a break. ABC is turning its attention to the first part of the year 2021 with its late fall schedule largely in place.
The network has set the dates of premiere for several unscripted series, including American Idol and stalwarts The Bachelor. About six series, including a trio of latest game shows, is going to be premiered in the month of January and February.
The unscripted offerings will also be spelling the scripted shows, including the Thursday dramas, Station 19, Grey’s Anatomy, and A Million Little Things, for a time, giving them a chance to bank even more episodes for a springtime run.
ABC Reveals Winter Dates For ‘Bachelor,’ ‘Idol’ And A New Game Show
Production under coronavirus safety guidelines has been taking longer for many scripted shows than it did during the pre-pandemic conditions. The Bachelor will be premiering in its familiar Monday night home on January 4.
We would also like to tell you that Matt James is going to be the first Black Bachelor of the franchise and the first to come from outside the self-perpetuating ecosystem of the show in some time.
He had initially been set to a contestant on the current season of the series, but when the filming was delayed due to the pandemic, the producers of the show named him to lead The Bachelor.
The freshly ordered Celebrity Wheel of Fortune will be anchoring a game show lineup starting January 7, Thursday. Newcomers, The Chase, featuring Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, and Brad Rutter, the greats of Jeopardy, and The Hustler, which is hosted by Craig Ferguson, will be rounding the night.
To Tell The Truth Season 6 is all set to be premiered on January 26, and the fourth season of American Idol of ABC follows on February 14, Valentine’s Day.
The host of the show, Ryan Seacrest, has recently revealed that the plan for the show is to look a lot more normal than the remotely shot back half of the last season and for the contestants to be in studio in later rounds.
Here is a list of the unscripted dates of ABC’s winter. All mentioned times are ET/PT
Monday, January 4
8 p.m.: The Bachelor
Thursday, January 7
8 p.m.: Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
9 p.m.: The Chase
10 p.m.: The Hustler
Tuesday, January 26
8 p.m.: To Tell the Truth
Sunday, February 14
8 p.m.: American Idol