The long-running dance competition series Dancing With the Stars received a multi-year iteration on Friday, April 8, but the show is also going to a new home. Here’s what you need to know about the shake.
Dancing With the Stars is renewed for season 31 and season 32
“Dancing With the Stars” has been renewed for two more seasons, the show announced via press release. But the new seasons won’t air on ABC like the previous 30. It moves to Disney Plus.
Dancing With the Stars premiered on ABC in the summer of 2005. At the time then-host Tom Bergeron didn’t think it would turn into much, but here it is, still going strong 17 years later.
“We didn’t know what it was [at first]’ Bergeron told his friend, the late Bob Saget Saget’s podcastadding, “People in the meeting didn’t even want to make eye contact with him [Andrea Wong, the head of reality TV at the time]they thought it was such a bad idea. [laughs] And to be honest I didn’t think that was a great idea either and it was my wife and my then agent who kind of brought me together and said no, dancing is very big. Give it a try… I had no idea it was going to be what it was going to be.”
Professional dancer Cheryl Burke expressed a similar sentiment as she said during her appearance with judge Carrie Ann Inaba “Journey to Wellbeing” Podcast she never thought the show would last and Inaba agreed. In fact, in an interview with “Hollywood Access” Inaba said that when Dancing With the Stars started, “no one thought [it] would work.”
“It was this tiny little show that nobody thought would work,” Inaba said. “It was so random, wasn’t it? Ballroom dancing, nobody would have thought. I certainly didn’t think so.”
Dancing With the Stars will be Disney Plus’ first live show
Surprisingly, ABC is no longer the home of Dancing With the Stars, one of the network’s longest-running series and one of its highest-rated shows.
Instead, the show is moving to Disney Plus for Season 31 and Season 32, kicking off the streaming service’s live programming push. The news was announced by the Disney Plus Twitter account, which wrote: “Get the Mirrorball ready. Dancing with the Stars is moving to a new home when it returns this fall as the first LIVE series on #DisneyPlus! #DWTS.” ABC won’t even air reruns of Dancing With the Stars, so Disney Plus will be the only place to watch the show.
This change follows the retirement of Executive Producer Andrew Llinares from the series. He joined the show in 2018 ahead of season 26. There is also a December 2021 report in The sun that the show wants to replace host Tyra Banks. Llinares is responsible for firing Bergeron and his co-host Erin Andrews and bringing in new host benches. Bergeron had quite an epic reaction when he heard Llinares was leaving Dancing With the Stars.
“‘Dancing with the Stars’ has entertained fans on ABC for 16 years, and we’re excited to bring this popular show exclusively to Disney+ as the platform’s first-ever live series,” said Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. in an opinion. “The broad appeal of the show, as well as the overwhelming popularity of its Disney-themed competitive nights, make Disney+ the perfect home for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ while expanding our demographic reach.”
“‘Dancing with the Stars’ has been a favorite on ABC for 30 seasons and has brought so much joy to millions of viewers,” added Dana Walden, Chairman of Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. “As we significantly expand our Unscripted Slate at ABC, this is a great opportunity to introduce this show to a whole new generation of fans on Disney+. We are so grateful to our incredible partners at BBC Studios and look forward to continuing our relationship with them on this spectacular series, which will continue to be directed by Rob Mills and the talented team at Walt Disney Television Alternative.”
“The fact that our legendary global format ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will now set the record as the first live series on Disney+ represents a huge growth opportunity and a bold next step in the evolution of the franchise. This unprecedented step, combined with our two-season pickup, is a testament to the proven power of Dancing with the Stars and a clear vote of confidence from our amazing, supportive partners at Disney, showing just how much they value and believe in the brand,” said Valerie Bruce, General Manager, BBC Studios, Los Angeles Productions.
No premiere date has been announced for season 31, save to confirm that it will premiere in fall 2022. It’s not yet known if the move to Disney Plus means the show will return to the two-season-per-year format.
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