ABC Pilots thirtysomething Spin-Off, Brides of Dracula Drama


Among the latest raft of announcements from ABC is news of pilot pickups for thirtysomething(else), a sequel to the ’80s hit thirtysomething, and The Brides, billed as a sexy contemporary reimagining of Dracula.

With strong horror elements, The Brides is a vampire soap about empowered, immortal women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy—and their non-traditional family. It comes from executive producer/writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Maggie Kiley (American Horror Story, Riverdale) is set to direct.

Meanwhile, showrunners and thirtysomething creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick return to bring thirtysomething(else) to life under their Bedford Falls Co. banner along with MGM Television. thirtysomething, which originally aired from 1987 to 1991, highlighted a tight-knit group of baby boomers and their struggles. thirtysomething(else) will follow an ensemble of new faces playing the grown-up, 30-something children of the original cast reprised by Ken Olin (Michael Steadman), Mel Harris (Hope Murdoch), Timothy Busfield (Elliot Weston) and Patty Wettig (Nancy Weston).

ABC’s announcements also included some formats news, with an all-new Bachelor Nation series, The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart, coming this spring. The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart follows as 20 single men and women embark on a journey to find love through music. Singing well-known songs, both individually and as couples, they will look to form attractions through the melodies, find and reveal their feelings and ultimately, fall in love.

ABC is bringing back the classic game show Supermarket Sweep, which will be hosted and executive produced by comedienne and actress Leslie Jones. Produced by Fremantle, the fast-paced and energetic series follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes. The original series aired on ABC from 1965 to 1967. It went on to be adapted in 13 territories and, most recently, relaunched in the U.K.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, which debuted in the U.S. as a prime-time series in January 2000, Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting a special run of episodes featuring celebrity contestants playing for charity. For the first time in the history of the U.S. franchise, celebrities playing on Millionaire can invite a guest in the hot seat to help them answer questions. In addition, a new interactive game will allow viewers to play along from home.