With the news that “Dancing With the Stars” is moving from ABC to Disney Plus, fans may be wondering what’s going to air Monday night in its place? We’ll know more after ABC’s 2022 Upfronts presentation to advertisers in New York on Tuesday, May 17, when the network releases its full fall 2022 broadcast schedule, but for now we have some answers.
ABC will air Monday Night Football instead of “Dancing With the Stars” in a few weeks
Corresponding meetingahead of the news that “Dancing With the Stars” is moving to Disney Plus, ABC broadcast on Friday the 8-run dance competition series.
“After more than 30 seasons of the program on ABC, including two spin-offs, Dancing with the Stars will depart from ABC this fall to allow the network to showcase multiple Monday Night Football games as well as develop and invest in new and future programming,” das said network in the affiliate note.
In mid-March 2021, ESPN, Disney and the National Football League cemented a “landmark agreement” that will bring ABC back to the Super Bowl and cement ESPN as the broadcaster of Monday Night Football, according to the press release. But part of the deal says ABC will air one week of Monday Night Football during the 2022 season, and beginning in 2023, ABC will air half of the Monday Night Football doubleheader on three separate weeks in the season.
Prior to Dancing With the Stars, ABC was home to Monday Night Football from its inception in 1970 through the fall of 2005. In 2006 it moved to ESPN.
At the 2022 Upfronts, it will be interesting to see what ABC puts in on Monday Nights in 2022 if it only gets a Monday Night Football broadcast. Will it remain an unscripted series? Or put some new script series there? Or maybe move one of his trusty shows to Monday nights? More information will be available on May 17th.
The good news for Dancing With the Stars fans is that there are guaranteed to be 2 seasons on Disney Plus
As part of Dancing With the Stars’ move to Disney Plus, the deal included a two-season renewal for Season 31 and Season 32, meaning the show will run until at least 2023. Season 31 is sure to come in Fall 2022; There’s no word yet on whether season 31 could air in the spring now that it doesn’t have to make way for “American Idol” on ABC.
Anyhow, executives are excited to make “Dancing With the Stars” the first live competition series to air on a streaming service.
“‘Dancing with the Stars’ has been a beloved ABC staple for 30 seasons and has brought so much joy to millions of viewers,” said Dana Walden, chairman of entertainment at Walt Disney Television, in a statement. “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,” added Valerie Bruce, General Manager, BBC Studios, Los Angeles Productions.
Season 31 doesn’t have a premiere date set, but if Disney Plus is following the same pattern as ABC, look for “Dancing With the Stars” to return in mid to late September.
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