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Holey Moley is returning, and ABC is promising these changes

ABC’s fun new summer competition series Holey Moley will return for a second season in the summer of 2020, and there are changes coming—though not to the core cast.

Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore are both returning to give commentary, which was ridiculous, silly, and absolutely one of the highlights of the first season. Jeannie Mai is also returning as the sideline reporter, and Stephen Curry will be back as Holey Moley’s golf pro.

Season two started casting this summer, so the renewal isn’t a massive surprise, though the casting site doesn’t say when it will be filmed. Season one’s production took place in April at Sable Ranch in Santa Clarita, California.

While each episode of season one had 12 contestants, season two will have fewer contestants: eight on each episode. I like that change, especially if it means the competition won’t immediately eliminate someone who loses on a hole. Episodes spent a considerable amount of time introducing the contestants, many of whom were fun and interesting, only to dispatch of them moments later when they lost against their opponent.

ABC didn’t say how the competition will be structured except that “round one winners move on to round two; and from there, the finalists face off on the daunting ‘Mt. Holey Moley’ hole.”

We also don’t know how many episodes there will be; the first season had 10.

The other changes involve expanding what season one offered: a “bigger and better” course, according to ABC, that will have “all-new holes” which will be “bringing more drama, trick shots and hysterically impressive wipeouts.”

Holey Moley hosts and commentators Joe Tessitore and Rob Riggle
Holey Moley hosts and commentators Joe Tessitore and Rob Riggle (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC)

The prize is still $25,000, a gold-painted putter, and a plaid jacket.

In the renewal announcement, ABC pointed out that, in its Thursdays at 8 timeslot, it had “strong time-period improvement for ABC, building the hour over original programming by 22% in Total Viewers and 50% with Adults 18-49 to draw the Net’s largest summertime audience to the slot in 4 years.”

The show is produced by Eureka Productions, which also created the format and produced another of my favorite shows of the year, Netflix’s Dating Around.

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