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Dancing with the Stars will return this fall alongside a little backup. ABC has announced that its long-running series is getting a spinoff that will debut this fall. And that is not the only Dancing with the Stars-related news! ABC has some good news for fans of the current all-athletes edition of the show. Here is everything we know so far.
The spinoff is entitled Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, and as its title suggests, the series will showcase kid performers. The new show will debut with ten one-hour episodes, all of which will not be recorded live. For longtime fans, ABC developing a spinoff with kids will not come as a huge surprise. Back when the original series had a results show, Dancing with the Stars would sometimes feature future pro dancers performing routines.
What is still unclear is how the show's format will work. Will the show maintain the original's format? Who is hosting? Who is judging? There is still a lot of time left between now and fall for the spinoff to take shape and answer these questions. Fans probably want to know if the judges from the original version and hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will somehow be able to pull double duty on both shows. Or at least, fans may hope they can.
Dancing with the Stars is currently in the midst of its all-athletes season, and according to TV Guide, the network expressed interest in doing another season of that version of the show. Will it be another spinoff or will it just be another season of Dancing with the Stars, like Season 26? Only time will tell for certain. As it currently stands, the athletes version only requires a four-week investment from the network, which is a much briefer run than the original version's.
Dancing with the Stars and the junior edition of the series will both air this coming fall. They will air on different nights, though. Dancing with the Stars will remain in its Monday night slot, while the Juniors spinoff will air on Sundays. That's a lot of dancing for two days. But fans are unlikely to mind. With the Dancing with the Stars franchise branching out, it would be nice if we could get a spinoff with everyday, average Joes competing alongside the "stars" of the ballroom, a.k.a. the professionals. It's just a thought.
As for the series' current season, Dancing with the Stars: Athletes continues Monday, May 21 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Find out when the winner of the mirror ball trophy will be announced via our season finale rundown. If you want to know what TV has in store after Dancing with the Stars ends its season, we have you covered with our summer premiere schedule. For what's coming on this fall, check out our 2018 network TV rundown.