ABC President Confirms ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Will Keep Two-Cycle Format

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Contrary to recent reports, “Dancing with the Stars” will still air twice a year as always, offering “DWTS” fans both spring and fall editions of the ABC dance competition.

On Thursday, the network dismissed rumors that it was considering paring down the aging reality show to airing only once a year, as reports from December suggested. Sources claimed that ABC was looking for ways to “fix” the show after an alarming ratings drop last season.

“There’s a lot of life left in the show,” Paul Lee, President, ABC Entertainment Group, told TV reporters during the network’s presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour Thursday in Los Angeles.

He confirmed the two-cycles-a-year format will remain and the normal casting process is underway.

Lee also admitted that this past fall’s “All-Stars” edition was a disappointment.

“Turns out people like to see bad dancing as much as they do good dancing,” Lee said. So viewers can probably expect that to be the first and last edition of “DWTS: All-Stars.”

Another edition of “DWTS” begins when Season 16 premieres on March 18, allegedly with former “Bachelorette” Emily Maynard among the celebrity cast.

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