“Dancing with the Stars” has aired on ABC since 2005, and it’s currently nearing the end of its 24th season. The network is clearly happy with the results because not only is “DWTS” returning to the fall lineup, but ABC has also announced that it’s developing a spinoff to the reality competition series. “Dancing with the Stars Junior” will premiere in the spring of 2018.
The “Junior” edition of the series will pair celebrity children — and the children of celebrities — with young professional dancers to perform choreographed routines for a panel of expert judges, just like the adults do on the original version of the series. Those judges have yet to be announced, so time will tell if regular “DWTS” judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli will take part in guiding the dancing tykes.
“DWTS” isn’t the first reality show to get a pint-sized spinoff. “Project Runway” and “MasterChef” have both aired kids’ editions. “So You Think You Can Dance” dedicated its 13th season to child performers. And “Top Chef” is also prepping its own “Junior” version. But will “DWTS” work as well with child stars in place of grown-up competitors? Comment below, then join the discussion on this and more with your fellow reality TV fans in our forums, and read more Gold Derby entertainment news here.