Celebrity dance competition “Dancing with the Stars” Returns to ABC

Celebrity dance competition “Dancing with the Stars” Returns to ABC
The international celebrity dance competition hit-show Dancing with the Stars will become the first series to simulcast across both ABC and Disney+ for its upcoming 32nd season, with a next-day release on Hulu.

Aired on ABC from 2005 to 2021, the talent show streamed exclusively on Disney+ for one season in 2022. After becoming the first live series to debut on the company’s streaming service, as well as the first live streaming reality show in the U.S., Dancing with the Stars is now set to come back on the linear network this fall.

Although the show hasn’t been at its peak in the last years, it was nonetheless a big reason for the American audience to follow a broadcast network – as finding a big-tent reality show has always been a great deal to broadcasters, its departure from ABC had a huge impact on the channel. But now it is back, with a few changes: Julianne Hough will co-host and interview dancers after their performances, Alfonso Ribeiro has been upped to emcee of the franchise in its coming season, while Tyra Banks will no longer be part of the show.

“Welcoming Dancing with the Stars back to ABC offers us the unique opportunity to capitalize on the breadth of Disney Entertainment and reach audiences across all our platforms,” said Craig Erwich, president of Disney Television Group. “Wherever viewers want to watch, we have a home for them to tune in and root for their favorite couple in the ballroom.”

“Season 31 gave us the opportunity to introduce Dancing with the Stars to a new generation of fans on Disney+, and we are excited to build on that with our partners at ABC and Hulu,” said Alisa Bowen, president of Disney+. “We’re looking forward to giving our viewers a front-row seat to the dance floor on another great season of the first-ever live series on Disney+.”

“It’s a privilege for Dancing with the Stars to become the first live series simulcast on ABC and Disney+,” said Valerie Bruce, general manager of BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions. “This demonstrates the belief that ABC and Disney have always shown in our iconic format and how it’s become a pop-culture powerhouse with millions of fans. We’re thrilled to embark on this new phase in our partnership, which has been going strong for nearly two decades.”
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