When we first wrote about the idea of a “Dancing with the Stars” All-Star season last week, we admit that it struck a vein of excitement within us. Why not bring back some people who were loved versus a full cast of unknown quantities? If nothing else, it could be a way to bring back some viewers who abandoned the show after some of their favorites were done performing.
Executive producer Conrad Green has talked about the idea frequently over the course of the past week, including his recent comments per The Hollywood Reporter that the idea of this show (which was first unveiled by Mario Lopez during a guest-hosting stint on “Live! with Kelly”) is something that is under close consideration:
“It’s definitely an option for the future … I think it’s something our fans would really like.”
If this season is indeed happening, it’s possible that ABC could confirm it at its upfront presentation later this month. At the same time, they could wait until later in the summer to see how negotiations go with their prospective contestants. The biggest issues here with this show are going to be related to budget (as you’ll likely have to pay most of these stars more to return to the ballroom) as well as with scheduling. If you can’t get the stars you really want for the fall, why pull the trigger immediately? The best option for producers seems to be waiting to ensure that they can get the cast that they want, but it is comforting at least from the fan service perspective to know that producer are well aware of the interest in the idea.
If you want to see our personal wish-list for this season, head on over to this link. Also, check back Saturday morning for our weekly rankings heading into Monday night’s performance show.