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Official: Dancing With The Stars Season 18 To Premiere March 17th!!

The premiere date for Dancing With The Stars Season 18 was just announced at the Television Critics Association Winter 2014 Press Tour. Here is a tweet from TV Guide. Set your calendars for March 17th!!

Other ABC premiere dates: #DWTS on Monday, March 17 at 8/7c and #TheBlackBox on Thursday, April 24 at 10/9c. #TCA14

ETA: Other tweets with info that took place:

From TVGuide Canada:

“We’re going to continue to work with Maks” on #DWTS, but Paul Lee won’t say anything more #TCA14

Hmmm, I wonder if that means he will judge again? I thought he did a great job the last time. I wouldn’t mind seeing him doing it again. Though not sure I want him to judge full time?

From TVGuide:

Lee: We were pleased with #DWTS on one night. It opened up Tuesdays for us. #TCA14

What do you think of this news? I think it’s for the best and I ended up liking it more.

ETA2: Below is a take from ABC MediaNet. Note how it mentions there will be 12 celebs again:

“DANCING WITH THE STARS” (Monday, March 17, 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for its 18th season with an all-new celebrity cast. The competition will feature twelve celebrities who will brave the dance floor for the very first time. Each week, these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master technical choreography and entertaining performances. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted mirror-ball trophy.

Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season 7 Champion), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

“Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green, Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs.

ETA3: Below is more from E Online;

Despite some shocking eliminations throughout DWTS’ 17th season, Lee revealed that the network is pleased with the new one-night format and it helped with the series’ ratings. “It actually grew. We didn’t quite end the season as high, but the season itself was higher.”

The ABC president explained that season 18 will also follow the one-night trend. “We want to find ways to turn that up just a little bit. We were pleased with how it worked for us,” he said.

Fans were thrilled to see a mini-shake up on the judges’ panel when former professional dancer Max Chmerkovskiy filled in for head judge, Len Goodman, for an episode. Lee agreed that he loved Max’s creative input and there’s a possibility that we could be seeing the hunky Ukranian back with a paddle in his hand. “We thought Max did a fabulous job and we’re going to continue working with him in the future. Nothing to announce now, but we will keep working with him,” he said.

January 17, 2014 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

ABC Entertainment Group President Talks About DWTS At TCA Winter Press Tour

Today, Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment Group president, told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Dancing With The Stars “refreshes itself” depending on it’s “casting” which isn’t always consistent. Below is more from the Hollywood Reporter. Be sure to read the link for the full story.

“Obviously each year the casting kind of tells you where it [will] come out,” said Lee. “We thought we started with a weaker cast this year, and then look what J.R. [Martinez] did.”

The biggest unknown of the cast did go on to win the Season 13 trophy and has since enjoyed a healthy run in the media spotlight by the show’s standards. It’s that kind of surprise, Lee noted, and the different types of “star” that can win favor with viewers that has kept the network invested in the series.

“Sometimes its controversial, like Bristol Palin, sometimes it’s somebody who brings a nostalgic element,” said Lee, “and sometimes its someone people just love — like Kirstie Alley.”

So many seasons in, Lee also tried to convince the crowd to have some perspective on the type of talent they’re able to recruit.

“When you look back at the early seasons,” said the level of celebrity isn’t what it is now.”

It’s true in my opinion. Being inconsistent has a way of keeping things very interesting which makes a person wonder on the new cast for Season 14, doesn’t it?

January 10, 2012 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.