Sunday, June 16, 2024

ABC Kicking “Dancing with the Stars” to Disney Plus in Favor of NFL Football Games of All Kinds


Say goodbye to “Dancing with the Stars.”

ABC is sending the long running series to Disney Plus for two seasons beginning this fall. The older viewers who watch it will never be able to find it, and we’ll never know if they do.

In its place comes football, football, football. ABC will show more NFL football games, especially from ESPN, and they have a plan for some kind of NFL Football competition game. Maybe the players will dance in the off season!

The jettisoning of “Dancing with the Stars” shouldn’t come as a surprise. The network dumped popular host Tom Bergeron a couple of years ago. They replaced him with Tyra Banks. And the whole enterprise collapsed. Without Bergeron and Erin Andrews, “DWTS” lost its sense of community to its niche followers.

Good luck to these streaming shows. Older viewers simply don’t engage with Roku or Apple TV or Amazon Prime the way they do regular TV. For most it’s another remote control to think about. And there are no ratings reported for streaming. So now all of these things depend on subscriptions. Just ask Judge Judy. Her IMDB Channel show is a mystery to her syndication fans who are still watching 10 and 20 year old reruns rather than figure out Smart TV.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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