Heading into the season finale of Dancing with the Stars, the winner is typically at least somewhat a foregone conclusion. So it's unusual that, in Season 19, the Mirrorball trophy is truly anyone's to lose on the two-part season finale, which kicks off Monday at 8/7c and concludes on Tuesday at 9/8c on ABC.
"This to me is by far the closest competition we have had in a long time," veteran judge Carrie Ann Inaba tells TVGuide.com. "I'm really interested to see how it's all going to play out. ... At this stage, it could be any of them. It's going to be great."
ABC Family is ringing in the new year with new episodes of its most popular shows.
Pretty Little Liars will return on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8/7c, followed by the Season 4 premiere of Switched at Birth.
Halloween has come a few days early to Dancing with the Stars, and with it,Len has risen from the dead! The esteemed judge — who's been absent from the show for the past few weeks — returns to the show by emerging from a coffin during the opening group number. Erin Andrews is back as well.
With two team dances to get through in addition to the individual numbers, there's no time to waste. The routines:
Siblings Julianne and Derek Hough are reuniting once again on Dancing with the Stars — only this time they won't be competing against each other.
Julianne Hough joins Season 19 as a full-time judge — the first time a former pro will have a permanent spot at the judges' table. Meanwhile, five-time champion Derek is partnered with YouTube celebrity Bethany Mota. But for viewers concerned that Julianne will show favoritism toward her big brother, she tells TVGuide.com that won't be the case — in fact, it might be quite the opposite.
Our top moments of the week:
13. Best Response: In case you were living under a rock, or, you know, watching something else on TV Monday night, Gwen Stefani took a page from John Travolta's book and totally mispronounced Stephen Colbert's last name when she presented at the Emmys. Even though Colbert had already pre-taped his Tuesday show last week, the host still gets in a small jab at the much-discussed gaffe in the blink-and-you'll-miss-it opening credits, in which "Colbore" comes across the screen next to other descriptive words like "honorable," "star-spangled" and...