The popular competition series, “Dancing with the Stars,” will come back with its 32nd season this fall. Following last year’s shift from ABC to Disney+, the show will now return to its original network while also streaming on Disney+ in the US. Furthermore, viewers can catch the show on Hulu the day after its linear premiere.
Although ABC and Disney have not formally announced their updated strategy, a statement is anticipated soon. This development emerges just a fortnight before Disney’s meeting with advertisers to reveal its 2023-24 season content lineup.
The return of DWTS to ABC provides the network with additional premium ad inventory for sale in the upfront marketplace. At the same time, Disney also benefits from monetizing the show (which previously acted as a loss leader on Disney+, according to Vulture). Whether the Disney+ livestream of DWTS will feature the same advertising inventory as the ABC version or any ads at all remains uncertain. Last season, the show aired without commercials since Disney+ did not support ads then. However, the platform has since introduced a more affordable ad tier.
Variety recently reported that Julianne Hough will return to the series as co-host. Alfonso Ribeiro will return as co-host, and Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough are set as judges for the upcoming season. Len Goodman exited the show after Season 31 and sadly passed away last month. It’s unknown who will be replacing Len Goodman.
No release date for “Dancing with the Stars” season 32 has been announced at this time.