Dancing With the Stars
Last fall, a longtime goal of Dancing with the Stars producers came into fruition: an all-stars season.
Thirteen alums returned, but viewers fled. The onetime ratings juggernaut delivered less-than-glittery numbers — partially due to The Voice's first fall outing siphoning eyeballs. But executive producer Conrad Green also believes it's because fans want to see dancing with new stars, not all-stars.
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"Perhaps that was a miscalculation on our part. Maybe we underestimated how important it was to have a new story rather than a continuation of one," Green tells TVGuide.com. "We thought seeing old favorites come back would be really appealing, and I think it was to core fans of the show. All-Stars did deliver in terms of being able to try some new dances out, new challenges and really pushing the level of competition. I think what it lacked was the shock of the new.
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"So it's quite nice this season to go back to fresh faces, people completely unfamiliar with dance and get back to that kind of innocence," Green continues. "It's back to basics almost. There's definitely a ...
Sean Lowe is going from the Bachelor mansion to the dance floor as the newest cast member on Dancing with the Stars.
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Kellie Pickler, D.L. Hughley
Will it be two times the fun on the 16th season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, which begins March 18? Producers are trying to make up for the lackluster ratings of last season's All Stars by spiking the cast (announced Feb. 26 on Good Morning America) with a double dose of Olympians, country stars and comedians.
The big names include ice-skating legend Dorothy Hamill, 56; singer Wynonna Judd, 48; and...
Tristan McManus and Pamela Anderson
If you're still shocked that Dancing with the Stars All-Stars boasts six former champs, you're not the only one.
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"To be honest, I didn't think we'd get that many," executive producer Conrad Green tells TVGuide.com. "It's quite incredible, isn't it? I was hoping we'd get a good response and it was more than any of us could've expected. This whole cast is really the cream of the cream of the crop."
That's not an overstatement: Of the 13 returning stars, only two of them — Pamela Anderson and Sabrina Bryan, who's back via fan vote — didn't make the finals in their ...
Dancing with the Stars judges
After the last steps of samba, salsa and Argentine tango had been danced on Monday night's Dancing With the Stars, the remaining nine couples had to face the fact that no matter no matter how well they pulled off their steamy, fun routines, they might still face the scorching red lights of elimination on Tuesday night.
Jaleel White and Maria Menounos
"I'm not going out there in a thong," says soap star Jack Wagner (The Bold and the Beautiful). "Anything else, I'm good to go."
And so are 11 other stars, who will strap on their dancing shoes for the 14th season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars. Call it the Season of Nostalgia, with actors like Wagner, Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prairie) and Jaleel White (Urkel from Family Matters); the "Empress of Soul" Gladys Knight and tennis legend Martina Navratilova taking top billing.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dance expert Benji Schwimmer — he's the brother of pro Lacey and the winner of the second season of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance — has already picked his champion of the new season of Dancing With the Stars: 60-year-old Kirstie Alley.
"She just redeemed her career," he said after watching the Cheers veteran light up the ballroom with ...
Kirstie Alley, Sugar Ray Leonard
It's the season of the lookers, the fighters, a rapper, a Super Bowl MVP and a former Fat Actress — but not a one-time candidate for the U.S Senate. Emmy winner Kirstie Alley (Cheers) leads the cast of celebs who'll kick up their heels for Dancing With the Stars' 12th season, which begins March 21 on ABC. "We've wanted Kirstie from Day 1," says executive producer Conrad Green. "She's enormously winning and an absolute hoot."
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Derek Hough, Dancing With The Stars
Derek Hough is hanging up his dancing shoes — for one season. The three-time mirrorball champ is taking Season 12 off from Dancing with Stars to film a movie, his rep confirms.
"We wish Derek the best as he takes time off from Dancing with the Stars to pursue his film career," Conrad Green, the TV show's executive producer, said in a statement, "and look forward to having him...
Bristol Palin, Mark Ballas
It's a shame the cameras weren't trained on the Dancing With the Stars judges for the beginning of Bristol Palin's paso doble last night. Because you would've seen all three of them, jaws dropped, astonished. "I never thought I would see this!" raved judge Bruno Tonioli after her performance. "The little lamb is turning into a tigress!"
The truth is, the girl who comes across as reserved and shy has a lot more bite than viewers realize...