May 14, 2013 02:32 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
In a move that sparked quite a bit of criticism last summer, So You Think You Can Dance switched to a once-a-week format. Now, it looks like Dancing With The Stars will be following in SYTYCD’s footsteps, broadcasting just one time each week. However will we survive without DWTS and our twice weekly dose of Bruno?!
Say it ain’t so! Dancing With The Stars will be undergoing a major downsizing next season, with the performance and results show all mixed into one. Why on Earth would a successful reality show look to emulate a format that elicited low ratings on fellow network dance show SYTYCD?
The network is looking to make room for promising new programs such as the highly anticipated Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, explains head honcho Paul Lee. “We want to focus it in. We’re planning to do two seasons and we think that by taking the results show and building it in the two-hour block from 8 to 10 on Monday night, we can really build a sense of occasion to that and drive viewership to Monday night.”
Paul Lee adds that ABC is going to think very carefully about the casting, especially given the new Dancing With The Stars schedule. All casting decisions will be made with the overarching goal of drawing in a younger audience. Could this mean more teens like Zendaya will be taking the stage? Possibly. Leaders at the network point to The Bachelor as the example DWTS is hoping to follow. “You saw us aging down Bachelor this year with some spectacular casting. So certainly we’re going to make sure as we focus on Monday, we focus as well on casting that will help us age it down.”
What do you think of all the changes on Dancing With The Stars? Will they serve to improve the show as a whole? Or is the reality competition about to take the same downward spiral as So You Think You Can Dance? Sound off in the comments section below!
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