Is “Dancing with the Stars” getting ready for one last turn on the dance floor? The long-running series won’t air in the spring next year and will return in the fall with its 28th installment, which might be its final season, according to Us Weekly.
A source tells the magazine that there have been discussions of Season 28 being the final one, with many feeling like the show has “hit its mark.” If that indeed will be the case, producers and ABC are already looking to lure back a bunch of old pros, like Derek Hough and Karina Smirnoff. “They want to have a great last season if there is just one season left,” the source said.
It should be noted that ABC has yet to officially renew “Dancing” for a 28th season, but it’s expected to be back in fall 2019. ABC approved Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews to close last month’s Season 27 finale with “See you next year.” Bergeron tweeted on Wednesday, “We’ll see you in September, and we’ll make sure it’s worth the wait!”
Outside of its first season in the summer of 2005, “Dancing” has aired twice a calendar year since 2006, and in the spring and fall since 2007. The cutback to once a year comes after two rough outings this year. The four-week “Athletes” season in the spring was underwhelming and, well, too short, and Season 27 was the most polarizing one yet, concluding with Bobby Bones‘ shocking win over better dancers — this after Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile also made it to the semifinals with some of the lowest scores ever.
“Dancing”‘s ratings have also declined over the last few years, especially after it went to once a week in 2013, though, to be fair, most shows’ ratings are down these days with so many TV shows and viewing options.
If “Dancing” does hang up its heels next year, it would be the end of an era. It’s long been ABC’s flagship reality series and has made some of its pros household names. But ABC is focusing more on its latest baby, “American Idol,” which was the cause for “Dancing”‘s shortened four-week season. (That’s what happens when you pay Katy Perry $25 million.)
Hey, maybe Fox will revive “Dancing” in two years if ABC does cancel it. They will be one big family soon.