A celebrity version of “Family Feud” and “500 Questions,” billed as a “genius game show,” will be among four new series to air in prime-time on ABC this spring and summer.

Celebrity Family Feud” will premiere on June 21 and be hosted by Steve Harvey, the host of the syndicated version of “Family Feud.” Six episodes have been ordered, the network announced Wednesday as it unveiled its summer programming plans.

On “500 Questions,” some of the smartest people in the nation will try to answer 500 of the most difficult general knowledge questions ever devised, according to ABC, which describes the show as “the ultimate test, where intellect, strategy and stamina are all equally essential in order to win.”

A contestant missing three questions in a row will be eliminated. There are no saves, help or multiple-choice questions.

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“500 Questions” will air for nine hours over nine nights beginning May 20. It will be hosted by Richard Quest, the host of CNN’s “Quest Means Business.”

The show’s producers include Mark Burnett, a producer of “Survivor,” “The Voice” and “Shark Tank,” and Mike Darnell, who as Fox Broadcasting’s president of alternate entertainment, oversaw such series as “American Idol”; “So You Think You Can Dance”; “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” “Hell’s Kitchen”; and “MasterChef.”

ABC’s summer programming will also include two other new series, the Steven Spielberg-produced scripted drama “The Whispers,” about someone or something manipulating children to commit unthinkable acts; and the robot competition “BattleBots”

Returning summer series are the dating series “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise”; “Celebrity Wife Swap”; “Extreme Weight Loss”; and the scripted dramas “Mistresses” and “Rookie Blue.”

— City News Service

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