Tom Ascheim, President, ABC Family, today announced that the network will continue to grow its slate of original programming with a new hilariously scary, hidden-camera, funny-prank show, ‘Freak Out.’ The half-hour series, from SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions, has been picked up for 14 episodes and will premiere this fall during the network’s well-known programming event ’13 Nights of Halloween.’
‘Sing Your Face Off,’ a talent variety competition featuring celebrities who are transformed and trained to perform as legendary musical icons, will premiere on Saturday, May 31 at 9:00 pm ET/PT. Over the course of the series, the 5 celebrities (Sebastian Bach/legendary rock star from the band Skid Row; Landry Fields/NBA’s Toronto Raptors; Jon Lovitz/comedian, actor, singer; China Anne McClain, actress, singer; and Lisa Rinna, actress will each take on the identity of a different and iconic music performer — the celebrities could find themselves transformed into someone far older, younger or even someone of the opposite sex.
Season Three of ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ returns Tuesday, April 15 at 10:00 pm ET/PT. featuring the ex-girlfriend of actor Daniel Baldwin swapping lifestyles with the wife of music legend Jermaine Jackson. The series features two women of celebrity families trading households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) for one week. During that time the women – and swap families – learn what it is like to live in someone else’s shoes, but everything changes during the second half of the week when the women make their own rules and get the chance to run the household their way. At the end of the week, the couples reunite for a raw, honest and highly-charged exchange of views in which they make frank assessments of one another and discuss the experience.
ABC announced the premiere of new summer series “Sing Your Face Off,” on Saturday, May 31 from 9:00-11:00 p.m. Two all-new episodes will air back-to-back in that two-hour time period each week. The show will be paired with “Bet On Your Baby,” which as previously announced, will debut that same night at 8:00 p.m., making for all-original programming on Saturday nights on the network.
In addition, new premiere dates were announced for returning summer drama “Rookie Blue” on Thursday, June 19 at 9:00 p.m., ET and new alternative series “The Quest,” on Thursday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m., ET (they had previously been announced as premiering July 17 and June 19, respectively).
‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ will make its season three debut on Tuesday, April 15 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. In the premiere episode, two Hollywood dynasties come together for the first time when the partners of actor Daniel Baldwin and music legend Jermaine Jackson swap lives for one week.
In the first Christmas lights competition of its kind for television, 4 families will compete each week to transform their homes for the holidays in just 21 days. These 20 families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. At stake is a total of $250,000 in prizes, with $50,000 awarded each episode.
‘The Great Christmas Light Fight’ will air on December 9 at 9:00 pm ET/PT and with back-to-back on episodes on both December 16 at 9:00 pm ET/PT and December 23 at 9:00 pm ET/PT. Michael Moloney & Sabrina Soto (both of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’) will serve as judges for the series.
‘Lights, Camera, Christmas!’ is a new competition series in which 16 families from across America will decorate their homes to the extreme for Christmas — in ways that would certainly make even Clark Griswold envious — for a $50,000 Grand Prize. The series will air this December on ABC.
In the first nationwide Christmas lights competition of its kind for television, four families will compete each week to transform their homes for the holidays in just 21 days. These 16 families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. The four finalists will be flown to a surprise finale city to compete for the $50,000 Grand Prize.
ABC Family announces the young, sexy cast of its new unscripted drama series, “The Vineyard,” premiering on Tuesday, July 23rd, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Set against the idyllic backdrop of Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and featuring the island’s iconic Black Dog, “The Vineyard” follows a mix of eleven locals and “wash-ashores” working, living and playing together for the summer. As summer on the island gets underway, everyone is at a significant crossroads in their personal lives as they juggle romance, friendships, rivalries and career choices.
Cast photos available at http://www.abcfamilymedianet.com
Meet the cast:
What do a Cuban Casanova — who is a gentle giant but might be too good to be true — a hard charging federal prosecutor, a sexy former pro soccer player who is a single dad, a free spirited drilling fluid engineer with a captivating sense of humor, a self-proclaimed Southern gentleman who also is a single father, and a suave, debonair financial advisor with a dark secret in his past all have in common? They’re all on the hunt for the new Bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock, when the ninth edition of the female version of ABC’s popular romance reality series, “The Bachelorette,” premieres on Monday, May 27 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
Michael Riley, president, ABC Family, today announced the pick-up of two reality series, ‘Dancing Fools,’ which will be hosted by Melissa Peterman, star of the network’s hit comedy series, ‘Baby Daddy,’ and a docu-soap, ‘The Vineyard’ (working title). Production on both series will begin this spring.
‘Dancing Fools’ is a half-hour unscripted comedy hosted by Melissa Peterman, who also stars in ABC Family’s ‘Baby Daddy’ and in the upcoming ABC reality series, ‘Bet on Your Baby.’ Created and executive-produced by Phil Gurin (‘The Singing Bee,’ ‘Oh Sit’), the series is produced by the Gurin Company.