ABC will bring a little bit of summer into its winter schedule with game shows “Match Game” and “To Tell the Truth.”

The two game shows will begin new seasons in January, giving some of the network’s scripted shows a break. “To Tell the Truth” will bow first, premiering at 9 p.m. ET/PT Sunday, Jan. 1. It will then air in two-hour blocks at 8 p.m. Sundays starting Jan. 8.

The show, again hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson, will fill in for “Once Upon a Time” and “Secrets and Lies,” the latter of which finishes its 10-episode second season in early December.

“Match Game,” hosted by Alec Baldwin, returns at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4. It will give freshman drama “Designated Survivor” a break.

ABC’s announcement doesn’t say how long each game show will run during the winter; we’ve asked the network to clarify that and will update the post if and when it does.

The new seasons of “Match Game” and “To Tell the Truth” fill out some more of ABC’s winter schedule, which has been coming together in bits and pieces. “The Bachelor” premieres Monday, Jan. 2, and “Scandal” premieres Jan. 19, meaning ABC can use the TGIT hashtag again.

The network’s Tuesday and Wednesday comedies and Friday lineup will likely continue as usual. ABC has yet to say what will fill the 10 p.m. Monday spot after “Conviction” ends or if 10 p.m. dramas “Agents of SHIELD” (Tuesday) and “Quantico” (Sunday) will get breaks during the winter or continue their seasons without a long hiatus in the middle.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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