It looks like we'll have to keep our dancing shoes in storage this spring!
Dancing with the Stars usually churns out two seasons a year, but for 2019, ABC has elected to skip the spring cycle of the show. TVLine first reported the news, and TV Guide has confirmed that Dancing with the Stars will not be added to ABC's spring lineup, but it is expected to return in the fall.
This is beginning to become a troubling trend for Dancing with the Stars, considering that the spring season in 2018 — Dancing with the Stars: All Athletes — was shortened, airing over four weeks instead of the regular 10. While there has been no explanation from ABC as to why the network made the decision to omit everyone's favorite dancing competition from the schedule, it could have something to do with the controversial season that aired most recently.
Season 27 was odd to say the least, with talented front-runners getting the axe long before their time, while more, um, inexperienced dancers continued to progress in the competition. Not to name names or anything, but WTF was Grocery Store Joe doing in the semi-finals? Viewer voting makes up a huge part of why some stars stay and others go, so the series could have finally reached a point where the home voters pack more of a punch than the scoring from the judges' panel. We'll have to wait until next season it determine whether this voting trend continues.
Here's hoping this extended break can hit the reset button on Dancing with the Stars so it can return in better shape for Season 28!