Very popular celebrity competition series dancing with the stars is headed to Disney Plus, marking the first live series to debut exclusively on the streaming service.
The series previously aired 30 seasons over 16 years on ABC, Disney’s broadcast television network. Disney said the series has an exclusive two-season pickup on Disney Plus and will premiere in the US and Canada in the fall. The show will be filmed in front of a live audience by the production arm of BBC Studios in Los Angeles.
Details about Disney Plus rights to past seasons are unclear. he asked if dancing with the stars will air in the future or if Disney Plus will get the entire catalog of the show, Disney spokeswoman Heather Levine said. the edge that the company will have additional details to share at a later date.
The decision to move one of ABC’s biggest live television series to Disney Plus underscores the company’s commitment to bringing more subscribers to its main streaming service. Disney Plus says it plans to reach 230 million to 260 million subscribers by 2024 and has been focused on that goal. Some of Disney’s biggest movies have debuted on Disney Plus since launch, with the service recently announcing a cheapest tier with advertising as well as.
“The broad appeal of the show, as well as the overwhelming popularity of its Disney-themed competition nights, make Disney Plus the perfect home for dancing with the stars as we continue to expand our demographic reach,” Kareem Daniel, president of Disney media and entertainment distribution, said in a statement.
However, it’s a bold move given the show’s immense popularity on ABC. The company said that during its fall 2021 season, dancing with the stars was in the top five unscripted series with adults 18–49. Dana Walden, president of entertainment for Walt Disney Television, said in a statement that ABC is focused on expanding its unscripted slate.