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DWTS Season 10 – “Scaled Back”

Well, these guys learn from their mistakes, it appears.  From Access Hollywood:

ABC announced on Tuesday that the dancing reality competition would return to the small screen with a two-hour season premiere on Monday March 22.

ABC Entertainment Group President Stephen McPherson told reporters at the Television Critics Association panel for the network on Tuesday that the show would be scaled back upon its return.

He told reporters the show would feature fewer celebrity contestants this time around as there were too many last season.

“We had some lucky breaks [with] people dropping out the last time,” he added.

While I think it’s fantastic that they’re cutting the cast, that also means that four or five (likely four) pros will not have a job come February 22 or so. If you were to bet, which pros don’t make a return?? I will guess Anna D., Anna T., Jonathan and Alec. Once upon a time I would have said Louis, but not after last season. That said, a lot is contingent on the celebs – if they get too many tall women, then Louis might not be around. If they get a really tall guy, Anna D. might have a job after all – if she does, which female is in trouble?

We also have to keep in mind that we don’t know which pros are still under contract – what if (god forbid) Derek, Mark and Maks all decide to move on? They all seem to be pretty active doing other things. I think the women are a bit more likely to stick around, but Cheryl seems to be building a nice empire. However, the success of her empire seems like it would be more guaranteed by her appearance on DWTS.

The Futon Critic has a copy of the official ABC press release (Thanks to Jennifer in the comments for pointing it out):

ABC CELEBRATES THE TENTH SEASON PREMIERE OF “DANCING WITH THE STARS,” MONDAY, MARCH 22
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[NOTE: The following article is a press release issued by the aforementioned network and/or company. Any errors, typos, etc. are attributed to the original author. The release is reproduced solely for the dissemination of the enclosed information.]
ABC CELEBRATES THE TENTH SEASON PREMIERE OF “DANCING WITH THE STARS,” MONDAY, MARCH 22

ABC kicks off the tenth season of the hit reality series “Dancing with the Stars” with a huge two-hour premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network, as an all star cast of celebrities and their professional dance partners will hit the floor with two hours of dancing.

In week two, all of the couples will return and try to outshine each other once again in a two-hour show, MONDAY, MARCH 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET). The team with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for both performances will be eliminated from the competition on the first results show, TUESDAY, MARCH 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). Viewers may cast their votes via phone and online at www.abc.com.

The all-star cast will be announced a late date.

January 12, 2010 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 10 – Premiere Date!

Yes, this date has been mentioned before by Tom Bergeron, but it appears to be Official. According to the Orlando Sentinel - who I assume gets a ABC Press Release like every other media outlet:

ABC also announced that “Dancing With the Stars,” its most popular series, will start its 10th season on March 22. There will be a two-hour show that night, and a two-hour show March 29. The scores will be averaged from both shows, and the lowest-scoring team will be ejected March 30. (”Dancing” hosts Samantha Harris and Tom Bergeron are shown in this ABC photo by Bob D’Amico.)

The show will air at 8 p.m. Mondays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays — which means that “Dancing” will run against Fox’s “American Idol.” The latest celebrities will be announced later, ABC said.

No mention of the number of couples, and it *sounds* like only one couple will be eliminated in the second week. Also note the air times for both shows – the tuesday show normally starts at 9 pm eastern time, not 8. Direct competition with American Idol – hasn’t it always competed with AI on tuesdays? Or am I mis-remembering?

Granted our press corp are often sloppy about reporting and word selection, but the author of this blog says that scores from the first two mondays will be “averaged” – that’s a pretty big departure from the norm as well. Usually they’re just added together and the low score goes home. Things that make you go “hmmmm…” :-)

I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)