The Bachelor is just a few weeks in to season 21, however ABC is already nicely underway prepping on your different favourite juggernaut actuality present: Dancing With the Stars. Sure, not even Corinne and her nanny can distract the DWTS workforce from getting. It. Finished. (Consider it or not, casting is already midway completed!) So, come March 20, Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will welcome an entire new set of stars to the dance flooring.
Season 24, particularly, goes to be a giant one. The present is celebrating its 400th episode, and producers are promising heaps of nostalgia. “We’ll do one thing for it,” government producer Joe Sungkur tells us. That is not the one factor to stay up for: Sungkur additionally revealed that one fan favourite will certainly be again (although one other will certainly not be returning). “As an total for the season, we’ll deliver again favourite themes, [inject] some new concepts, but in addition stick with what’s working so nicely. And we hope for love within the air! At any time when there may be romance, there is a smile on our face.”
Talking of romance, this season’s Bachelor—Nick Viall—might get the chance to point out off his dance strikes past his subsequent one-on-one date. Throughout my interview with the producers at ABC’s Tv Critics Affiliation winter press tour, the Wisconsin native dropped in our dialog and appeared to be very pleasant with DWTS EPs Rob Wade, Deena Katz, and Sungkur. How pleasant? Nicely, talks might already be occurring (however extra on that beneath).
Right here, discover out what else we realized about season 24.
Glamour: First, I have to know: Will Len Goodman be again?
Rob Wade: Sure! Sure! I texted with him right this moment, and he’s flying again the week earlier than the premiere so he can get [acclimated] and play some golf.
Glamour: Will he take day without work throughout the season to fly again to London?
Rob: No, he’ll be [in Los Angeles]. Carrie Ann is coming again; Bruno is coming again. Julianne, as you recognize, is getting married on the finish of the season, however she’s additionally doing the Transfer [Beyond] Dwell on Tour. Mondays are her day without work on the Transfer tour, so there is a chance she’ll be again. We’re engaged on that in the intervening time, schedule-wise.
Glamour: Let’s speak concerning the execs. It is at all times a revolving door, however what about Derek Hough?
Rob: Derek’s not coming again as a result of he’s doing the Transfer tour.
Glamour: Wait a minute: Just a few seasons in the past you guys stated that, and he ended up coming again.
Rob: I can assure you he received’t be again [this season] as a result of he’s doing the Transfer tour. In the meantime, Julianne [is still a possibility] as a result of she must solely be right here for half a Monday. Derek would want to coach [all week with his partner], so it’s not going to occur.
Glamour: What about Mark Ballas?
Rob: Mark is ending on Broadway [for Jersey Boys] this Sunday, so we’ll wait to speak to him after that and see the place he’s and the way he’s feeling. Clearly, I’ve talked to him over the vacations and he’s fascinated about coming again. We’d like to have him.
Glamour: Maks and Peta have a child, however it prices some huge cash to lift a child. I would assume one among them want to be employed this season!
Rob: [Laughs] It’s the primary Dancing With the Stars child! I feel Peta’s precedence for the previous couple of months—and now—is her child. It feels crass to me to cellphone Maks just a few days after the beginning and say, “Hey, [want to come back?]” However within the subsequent couple of weeks, conversations might start. I feel for Peta the query is, “Is she bodily in a position to do it?” Clearly, we respect her determination there. For Maks [and Peta], they’re an East coast-based household and we now have to place the household first. Maks is phenomenal on the present and a incredible ambassador, so he’s at all times welcome again, even within the judges’ seat.
Joe Sungkur: However they’re very busy coaching that child to bop so he generally is a future professional dancer!
Glamour: It was good to see Keo be part of the forged just a few years again and add some variety to the combo. Is purpose of yours with the professionals?
Rob: Yeah, in fact. I feel it’s actually necessary at all times to be sure that tv is a mirrored image of the society by which you reside. Ballroom dancing tends to be an artwork kind that’s targeted round Utah and round Russia, and numerous the individuals from there come out of it, however I feel it’s nice when somebody like Keo comes out from South Africa and even Sasha from Australia. Totally different nations, religions, nationalities, we clearly embrace totally. I feel what’s actually most necessary, although, is that the dancers on the present are actually in a position to do their job. That’s changing into tougher on the present as a result of it has gotten to such an enormous degree of affinity and creativity and dance degree. Individuals like Mark and Val weren’t half the dancers or half the artistic heads they have been after they started, so to return in chilly is actually difficult. Final season, it was pretty to see Sasha [do what he did] along with his creativity and the way in which he labored with Terra. I feel Gleb did an outstanding job along with his creativity, and the dance of final season was the bathe dance. Creatively, we had by no means carried out that earlier than. Because the season progressed, it was necessary that we had dancers push boundaries like that.
Glamour: Is there anybody else other than Derek not coming again?
Rob: I feel everybody else is coming again.
Glamour: The place are we on the casting entrance? We’re nonetheless a good distance away from the premiere, and I do know you wish to get of-the-moment individuals.
Rob: I feel we’re in a terrific place, and we’re forward of [where we usually are]. We’ve our subsequent chunk of affords out proper now. We’ll depart a few slots open for these last-minute individuals [who are headline-makers].
Glamour: What share of the casting for season 24 is full?
Rob: 52%. [Laughs]
Deena Katz: We’re about half carried out. I really feel just like the state of the nation proper now could be we’re actually going [toward] what individuals love; we’re going to nostalgia, we’re going to Americana, we’re going to heroes. We’re form of a feel-good place, when it appears like everybody’s a little bit uncertain proper now. So, we’re going to what we predict individuals actually get pleasure from.
Glamour: Hillary Clinton wants a job.
Deena: Sure, she does.
Glamour: I do know you’ve at all times needed Invoice Clinton on the present. I doubt they’ll ever do it, however have you ever put the supply on the market?
Glamour: This season?
Glamour: To whom, precisely? Invoice and Hillary?
Deena: Sure. I’ll at all times and actually say that sometime they are going to be there. Sometime.
Glamour: You realize who could be nice? Joe Biden.
Deena: Oh, sure, I really like Joe Biden.
Joe: Oh, he’d be nice.
Glamour: Each time I interview a Bachelor or Bachelorette, all of them say they’d be open to doing the present, however for no matter motive, it hasn’t occurred in two years since Chris Soules was on. Why?
Joe: Nicely, there’s at all times a chance.
Glamour: We’ve heard that reply earlier than!
Deena: I do assume [The Bachelor franchise] is identical built-in viewers [as DWTS], and it’s a terrific crossover and synergy for the community. I’m positive that we are going to [have a Bachelor contestant] once more. We’d like to.
Glamour: I don’t assume we’ve ever had a baseball participant on the present, which might be enjoyable to see after all of the soccer gamers who’ve come on.
Deena: No, we haven’t. Famous!
Glamour: Additionally, I need to see a daytime/cleaning soap opera actor who isn’t within the ABC household. It could be enjoyable to take somebody from Days of our Lives or Younger and the Stressed.
Deena: I’m an enormous fan of daytime. My mother was in daytime. She was a author on a number of cleaning soap operas—Barbara Esensten, [she wrote for] All My Kids, Guiding Mild, Basic Hospital—so I’m an enormous fan. I feel they’ve a terrific, loyal viewers. It was harder just a few years in the past when ABC had an enormous block of daytime [series] to [then] exit exterior the household, however now it’s a little bit bit simpler. It’s rather more possible than it was. Each time we’ve had any individual on, they’ve carried out nicely as a result of they’ve such a tremendous fanbase.
[Bachelor Nick Viall enters the conversation]
Glamour: Look who it’s! Communicate of the satan, Nick, do you need to do Dancing With the Stars?
Nick Viall: I feel anybody could be the luckiest particular person on the earth to even be thought-about.
Joe: He is a good-looking fella, isn’t he?
Dancing With the Stars returns for season 24 on Monday, March 20 on ABC.