EXCLUSIVE: “Dancing With the Stars” is seeking to waltz into manufacturing in September as ABC and BBC Studios work by way of the well being and security protocols that can enable the competitors format to gentle up the dance flooring this yr.
The present, which relies on the BBC format “Strictly Come Dancing,” is coming into its 29th season with former “America’s Subsequent Prime Mannequin” host Tyra Banks now internet hosting and exec producing.
Lately, the collection has historically aired across the center of September, so the hope is that it received’t be too delayed by COVID-19. The present has been lined up for an Eight-10 p.m. slot on Monday nights in ABC’s fall schedule.
Nevertheless, sources near ABC and BBC Studios warn that the schedule is fluid and repeatedly evolving with nothing set in stone because of the continuing nature of the virus. These sources inform Deadline that they’re nonetheless determining whether or not the present can go reside.
It’s understood that the manufacturing workforce is actively engaged on and submitting its deliberate security procedures to the unions and guilds, although it’s too early within the course of to have full approval.
As anticipated, the present will observe all the now-usual COVID-19 manufacturing tips comparable to social distancing, temperature checks and masks.
ABC Leisure president Karey Burke informed Deadline that BBC Studios had taken classes from different territories the place the present is produced.
“I’ve seen the presentation from the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ producers on how we’re planning to provide this present, post-COVID and with the well being rules in place as a result of they’ve the benefit of creating it in different territories and I’m blown away by the ingenuity and the care which they’re producing it,” she stated. “We’re bringing all of these improvements to the American broadcast. I’m actually assured of their plan.”
Former “Bachelorette” Kaitlyn Bristowe is the primary star lined as much as waltz over to the present.
Banks replaces Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, who’ve left the present, and she’s going to exec produce alongside Andrew Llinares.
This comes as a variety of different leisure reveals begin to get on their toes; Fremantle lately produced an episode of NBC’s “America’s Obtained Expertise” in Simi Valley and ABC’s “Card Sharks” is again in manufacturing. Fox’s “MasterChef” is eyeing an October restart for its upcoming season.”