It’s out with the new, in with the old for Dancing With the Stars‘ upcoming season.
The reality competition series will return to its original home on ABC for the forthcoming Season 32 after a brief streaming-only stint on Disney+ last fall, TVLine has learned.
The show won’t be entirely absent from Disney+, though: ABC has confirmed that new Season 32 episodes will be simulcast on both ABC and Disney+, and will be available on Hulu the following day.
“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, in a statement on Wednesday. “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,” added Disney+ president Alisa Bowen. “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+.”
Dancing With the Stars had aired on ABC since its premiere in 2005, and its relocation to Disney+ for Season 31 came as a surprise (an unwelcome one, judging by TVLine’s comments section). TikTok star Charli D’Amelio and pro dancer Mark Ballas emerged victorious from Dancing‘s lone Disney+ cycle.
The move back to ABC is one of several changes ahead for the show. As reported in March, Tyra Banks has stepped down as host after three seasons, and Dancing vet Julianne Hough will now serve as co-host alongside Alfonso Ribeiro. Meanwhile, longtime pro dancers Ballas and Cheryl Burke have retired from the series ahead of Season 32.
Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli will all return for the next season; it remains to be seen if the show will replace former head judge Len Goodman, who retired at the end of Season 31 and sadly passed away in April after a battle with bone cancer.
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