Next week, “Dancing With The Stars” is set to return for its thirty-second season on ABC and Disney+. The new series is going to be hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro and Julianne Hough. The show pairs celebrities with trained ballroom dancers to compete in themed choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough. The new season features a celebrity lineup of many actors, including Alyson Hannigan, Matt Walsh and Mira Sorvino,
However, according to Deadline, Disney is preparing plans to potentially postpone the premiere of “Dancing With The Stars”, due to increased pressure on the celebrities taking part in the show due to the ongoing actor’s and writer’s strikes.
While the show is an unscripted reality competition show, it does employ one writer to write talking points for the host, Alfonso Ribeiro. Which has led to the show becoming a focal point this week for the strikes. The upcoming season does, however, still employ another 500 people, who aren’t WGA members. The Screen Actor’s Guild has already signed off the show, since the show will be working in compliance with SAG-AFTRA rules as it falls under the Network code, which is why many other shows like daytime soaps and morning shows have been able to continue to be filmed,
This week, a picket has been formed where the celebrities are training for next week’s show, with signs specifically calling out the celebrities by name, including Alyson Hannigan, which is putting more pressure on the celebrities taking part. Many other shows that were scheduled to come back on air this month, including “The Drew Barrymore Show” and “Real Time With Bill Maher”, have reversed decisions following a backlash, hope
Disney is apparently holding off making any decisions, as the studios and writer’s union are still having talks today, which is hoped to potentially end the strike if a deal is made. It is also coming up with some contingency plans if anyone backs out.
Officially, Disney hasn’t announced any plans to change the release schedule for “Dancing With The Stars”, but it’s probably best for Disney to plan for the worst.
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