Is what’s old new again on “Dancing with the Stars”? Tom Bergeron hinted on Twitter that something fans haven’t seen in a very long time might make a return next season with a twist if he has his way: the results show.
On Tuesday, Bergeron shared an article by Marc Berman about network scheduling suggestions for the 2019-20 season. In the piece, Berman proposed that ABC revive the “Dancing” results show in a half-hour format for the Tuesdays-at-9:30 slot to help improve the network’s always problematic 10 p.m. hour.
“Let me second @MarcBermanMrTV’s thoughts about the return of @DancingABC,” Bergeron tweeted, along with a winking emoji.
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) March 26, 2019
To be clear, nothing Bergeron wrote implies a results show is happening, just that he would like one again. ABC hasn’t announced any plans yet for Season 28 this fall and won’t unveil its fall schedule until May 14 during upfronts.
That being said, a results show could be just what the doctor ordered for the long-running series after the ill-received 27th season and Bobby Bones‘ controversial win. We already suggested it ourselves in November — look at that, we said to go to once a year with a 30-minute results show; are we soothsayers? We digress. “Dancing” downsized to once a week in Season 17 in the fall of 2013 due to eroding ratings and ABC’s desire to open up more real estate in its schedule. An hour-long results show like the halcyon days is too much to ask for, and frankly, unnecessary; no one needs one hour to tell one couple to go home.
But without a results show, performance scores are added to the votes from the previous week, so you could be going home because not enough people voted for you last week even though you gave a killer performance this week and earned more fans. Hardly a perfect system — and it’s one that rewards persistent large fan bases like Bones’ and Grocery Store Joe‘s last season — but it was the best one “Dancing” could do with one episode a week.
Making a big change like this would show that TPTB are listening to fans and are trying to find a way to prolong the lifespan of a show that needs to come back with a bang after an extended hiatus.