Late last night, the news was first confirmed that Tyra Banks will be the host and an executive producer for Dancing with the Stars 29. It’s an enormous change for the show, and one that is going to lead to a big transition.
Earlier this week, the shocking news was first unveiled that Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews were departing the show, a move that seemed to be the result of an ABC / production decision rather than something that either one of them necessarily wanted. With Banks now on board, it’s fair to think that there will be some other changes, as well. Thanks something that Tyra seemingly confirmed in a new interview with Good Morning America today — while there are some parts of the show that will be the same, there are a lot of new ideas being discussed behind the scenes.
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Can change be good for a series? Sure. We love Tom, but clearly the powers-that-be decided that they’d already gotten everything out of Dancing with the Stars in its current form. A new iteration of the show could bring in a new viewership, but the challenge you run into here is potentially alienating the audience that you already have. This is a difficult line to tow and that is something that executives need to consider. We do think the new version of the show is worth a chance, but it remains to be seen when it will actually premiere. given the current state of the global health crisis, it’s hard to feel altogether positive that production is coming in the near future.
There is one thing that GMA messed up in a pretty dramatic fashion this morning — Banks is not the first black female host on the show, though she is the first solo host. Lisa Canning was a part of the series alongside Tom Bergeron back in season 1.
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