They haven't exactly explained the move but after taking "Dancing With The Stars" off broadcast TV and going to a streaming format only on Disney+, ABC says they're bring the show back for season 32.
The timing is good particularly given the news that the Writers Guild of America (WGA) officially called for a strike against the major Hollywood studios for the first time in 15 years. With the strike, scripted TV production is likely to be impacted, meaning unscripted fare like “Dancing With the Stars” will become even more important to networks and streamers.
The move to bring the reality competition series back to the broadcast network comes after the show aired one season exclusively on streamer Disney+. For its upcoming season, the show will air on ABC while also streaming on Disney+. In addition, the show will be available the day after its linear debut on Hulu.
Julianne Hough is returning to the show this season as co-host opposite Alfonso Ribeiro. Hough’s return came after Tyra Banks announced her exit from the series. Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough are set as judges. The series is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm. Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews were formerly hosts of the show before they were unexpectedly let go ahead of Season 29. Len Goodman was previously a judge on the show from 2005 through to 2022. Goodman passed away at the age of 78 on April 22.