ABC Really, Really Wants You To Have Some Fun This Summer With Premiere Dates Galore

Prepare for a summer full of game shows and dating competitions, including one bonkers-sounding premiere that we truly cannot wait to watch.

By Lauren Piester Apr 07, 2021 11:03 PMTags
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A vaccinated, outdoor summer may now be possible, but you could also just keep planning to stay inside. 

If you do, ABC's got a lineup that's sure to keep you busy all season long. There's a whole bunch of premiere dates to look forward to and one new show we simply cannot wait to watch, and it all starts with...emergency calls. 

The show is literally called Emergency Call, and it's coming back for a second season of harrowing 911 calls you didn't know you needed to hear. That premieres on June 4, followed by new seasons of Celebrity Family Feud, The Chase and To Tell the Truth on June 6. 

On June 7, Katie Thurston makes her debut as the first Bachelorette of 2021, and on June 9, Press Your Luck, The $100,000 Pyramid and Card Sharks all return. Then, things get real interesting. 

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On Monday, June 14, ABC is debuting The Celebrity Dating Game. It's a dating game featuring celebrities, and it is hosted by none other than New Girl star Zooey Deschanel and music legend Michael Bolton. Celebrity singles "from television, music, comedy, reality TV and feature film" pick from suitors with a series of questions, just like in the original Dating Game. However, the suitors have no idea what celebrity they're attempting to date, and they are given clues via "hilarious parody song performances" by Bolton. 

It's like The Masked Singer but with more dating and less singing, but also more singing? We're in. We're ready for you to break our brains with this, ABC. We are starting a countdown to June 14! 

ABC also announced that the new nature series When Nature Calls will premiere on June 17, along with Holey Moley 3D in 2D and The Hustler, while Bachelor in Paradise returns Aug. 16, followed by the series premiere of The Ultimate Surfer

But of course, ABC's not the only network, and those aren't the only shows headed to a screen near you in the very near future. Scroll down to see what you've got to look forward to in the months to come!

Younger (Paramount+) - April 15

Younger's final season premieres April 15 on Paramount+. The season will air later in the year on TV Land.

NEW: Big Shot (Disney+) - April 16

John Stamos stars as an ousted NCAA coach who takes a basketball coaching job at an all-girls high school in this brand new series, coming to Disney+ on April 16. 

NEW: Mare of Easttown (HBO) - April 18

Kate Winslet plays a small-town detective solving a murder in the midst of her crumbling personal life, beginning April 18 on HBO.

NEW: Cruel Summer (Freeform) - April 20

Freeform's new psychological thriller, from executive producer Jessica Biel, is set in the '90s and explores the disappearance of Kate (Olivia Holt) and its impact on nerdy wannabe Jeanette (Chiara Aurelia). It premieres Tuesday, April 20 on Freeform. 

NEW: Rutherford Falls (Peacock) - April 22
NEW: Shadow and Bone (Netflix) - April 23

Netflix's next big fantasy TV series comes in the form of Shadow & Bone, which is a combination of two related book series by Leigh BardugoShadow and Bone and Six of Crows. The show follows Alina, a young cartographer who discovers some unknown abilities while on a journey across a dark and scary bit of land called the Fold. 

A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO) - April 23

Season two finally debuts April 23 on HBO.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) - April 28

The Handmaid's Tale returns for season four with three new episodes premiering at once on Wednesday, April 28. June (Elisabeth Moss) is now a rebel leader striking back against Gilead, but her quest for justice and revenge threatens to consume her and destroy her most cherished relationships.

MacGyver Series Finale (CBS) - April 30

MacGyver says goodbye on April 30 after five seasons.

NEW: The Mosquito Coast (Apple TV+) - April 30

Justin Theroux stars in a TV adaptation of the novel The Mosquito Coast, written by his uncle Paul Theroux. It premieres April 30.

Pose (FX) - May 2

Pose returns for its third and final season on Sunday, May 2 on FX.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW) - May 2

DC's Legends of Tomorrow returns for season six on Sunday, May 2 at 8 p.m., at which point Batwoman will move to 9 p.m. 

The Girlfriend Experience (Starz) - May 2

Three and a half years after season two debuted, season three of The Girlfriend Experience will premiere May 2 on Starz.

NEW: Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+) - May 4

The new animated series follows a group of elite clone troopers with genetic mutations. It premieres May 4.

Selena: The Series Part 2 (Netflix) - May 4

Selena returns for part two of her inspiring and tragic life story on May 4 on Netflix.

NEW: Girls5eva (Peacock) - May 6

The most iconic fictional girl group from the late '90s/early 2000s is coming back for a reunion on Peacock, beginning May 6.

Dynasty (CW) - May 7

Dynasty returns for season four on Friday, May 7. 

Shrill (Hulu) - May 7

Shrill returns for its third and final season with Annie (Aidy Bryant) energized by her breakup and her newfound momentum at work. It premieres Friday, May 7 on Hulu.

NEW: Jupiter's Legacy (Netflix) - May 7

The new Netflix series follows the world's first superheroes, who got their powers in the 1930s. In present day, their kids struggle to live up to their legacy. It premieres May 7.

Mythic Quest (Apple TV+) - May 7

Season two of Mythic Quest is arriving May 7 on Apple TV+.

NEW: Ziwe (Showtime) - May 9

Ziwe Fumudoh is taking her Instagram comedy to Showtime beginning May 9. 

Mom Series Finale (CBS) - May 13

Mom will say goodbye after eight seasons on Thursday, May 13. 

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+) - May 14

Season two of the show with the best title on TV premieres May 14 on Disney+. 

NEW: The Underground Railroad (Amazon) - May 14

Barry Jenkins presents an alternate history in which the Underground Railroad was an actual railroad that helped enslaved people escape to freedom in the 1800s. It premieres May 14 on Amazon.

Special (Netflix) - May 20

The second and final season of Special premieres May 20 on Netflix.

NEW: Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. (Hulu) - May 21

Patton Oswalt stars as a supervillain who's been ousted from his evil society and still has to deal with his crumbling marriage in a new animated comedy, coming to Hulu on May 21. 

Duncanville (Fox) - May 23

Season two premieres May 23 on Fox.

NCIS: New Orleans Series Finale (CBS) - May 23

NCIS: New Orleans will end after seven seasons on Sunday, May 23. 

The Chi (Showtime) - May 23

Season four of The Chi premieres May 23 on Showtime.

In Treatment (HBO) - May 23

Uzo Aduba stars in a reimagined continuation of the therapy drama, 10 years after its last season aired. It premieres on HBO on May 23.

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