The move is twofold: According to TV Guide, "DWTS'" vacant Tuesday night slot will make way for a new scripted series, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." In addition, producers are hoping to attract a younger viewing audience to Monday nights.
ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee said, "We think that by taking the results show and building it in the two-hour block from 8 to 10 on Monday night, we can really build a sense of occasion to that and drive viewership to Monday night."
Lee also hinted that next season's cast will be younger: "One of the critical things each cycle is to make sure we nail the casting. So certainly we're going to make sure as we focus on Monday, we focus as well on casting that will help us age it down."
Speaking of the cast, this season's "Dancing With the Stars" cast featured the youngest contestant ever -- 16-year-old Disney star Zendaya Coleman -- as well as a near-weekly dose of Twitter voting themes (surely a tween magnet) for everything from a prom king to a vote on which special dances the contestants should take on. (Example: Super Bowl champ Jacoby Jones was voted king during the show's prom-themed week, while Twitter users voted for Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman to dance the lesser-known Afro jazz.)
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The big question is how the voting and weekly results announcement will work. The current format has viewers voting immediately following Monday night's show, with the results announced live on Tuesday night.
Fox's competing dancing show, "So You Think You Can Dance," changed its format last season, eliminating the results night by combining viewer votes from the previous week's dances with the judges' scores during the next week's live show. The system essentially gives contestants a chance to redeem themselves if they don't perform as well as they had hoped on a particular dance, as the votes and scores from two different weeks are combined to determine who goes home. That may be the direction that "Dancing With the Stars" heads, as it's unlikely the show would ever do away with the interactive audience-voting component.
By the way, diehard fans may remember back in "DWTS'" prehistoric first season, the show only aired one night per week. Of course, everything about that season was mini-sized, including the cast (which only featured six contestants), the length (each episode was one hour), and the show's short five-week run.
The two-part "Dancing With the Stars" Season 16 finale airs on 5/20 and 5/21 on ABC.
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