ABC Makes Major ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Change, Locks In Fall Lineup With New Shows

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For the first time since 2005, Dancing With The Stars does not have a slot on ABC’s schedule.

Instead, Season 31 of the show will begin by streaming on Disney+.

There’s still a chance, however, that DWTS could appear on ABC at some point in the fall — with a possible finale tie-in.

“What I can say is I think you’ll see it be a key priority across all of the Disney ecosystems,” ABC president Craig Erwich said. “In the same way we focused the messaging on Abbott Elementary or the synergistic opportunities for the Oscars, I’m sure you’ll see the same thing on Dancing With the Stars.”

But there’s also speculation that it makes more sense to air the DWTS season premier on ABC, then make the rest of the season available only on the streaming platform. That’s what Paramount did for the Yellowstone spinoff 1883, and Paramount will use the same strategy to launch the upcoming new series Tulsa King, starring Sylvester Stallone.

Bachelor in Paradise will take over the Monday 8 p.m. ET time slot on ABC this fall, so this will be the first BiP season to air in the fall instead of the summer.

The rest of the schedule is shaping up as follows, with eastern times:


8:00 p.m. Bachelor in Paradise
10:00 p.m. The Good Doctor


8:00 p.m. Bachelor in Paradise
10:00 p.m. The Rookie: Feds (new show)


8:00 p.m. The Conners
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs
9:00 p.m. Abbott Elementary (new night)
9:30 p.m. Home Economics
10:00 p.m. Big Sky (new night)


8:00 p.m. Station 19
9:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 p.m. Alaska (new show)


8:00 p.m. Shark Tank
9:00 p.m. 20/20 (two hours)


7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 p.m. Celebrity Jeopardy! (new show)
9:00 p.m. Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
10:00 p.m. The Rookie

“Bachelor in Paradise has a very unique format in that it’s such a big tent for so many characters and storylines that it easily expands across connected programming,” Erwich told Variety. “So even just creatively, which is obviously the most important consideration, we think that is going to be really fun for the viewers to have watched these things over the course of the two nights – and not just watch them, but talk about them. Bachelor in Paradise is one of our most social shows, in terms of conversation, people just love to watch, discuss, and then kind of watch again.”

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  1. DWTS is a favorite show in this country. Tom Bergeron was the best host ever. Bachelor in Paradise is a stupid show.

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