“They just can’t keep us away,” Muniz said in their announcement video.
The two competed last fall on Season 25 of the regular series, which Fisher won with his partner Lindsay Arnold. Muniz came in third place with Witney Carson behind Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas. The actors later joined the “Dancing with the Stars: Live! — Light Up the Night” tour as the only celebrities in the show.
Fisher and Muniz are good choices to host “Juniors” — they were fan favorites on Season 25 and both are former child stars. And like with the judges — Val Chmerkovskiy, Mandy Moore and Adam Rippon — this is a deliberate way to draw in fans from the mothership series.
Unlike “Dancing,” “Juniors” is not live; the show is being taped now. Young celebrities are paired with young pro dancers, and each duo will also have a mentor, who will help choreograph the routines.
“It’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ as you know it,” Fisher tells “Entertainment Tonight.” “It’s people you are familiar with and that you love. It’s a stage that you’re familiar with, that you love, but it’s [all] brand new. It’s the same show — it’s the same feeling of sitting down and watching people compete in something that they’ve never done before.”
“Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” premieres with a two-hour episode on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 8/7c on ABC.