The ABC primetime talent competition Dancing With the Stars – known for its use of Hollywood actors, sports figures and reality show personalities in a series of grueling dance-offs that might make Fred Astaire wince – made waves this morning with the announcement of a brand new cast of intriguing and colorful characters set to trip the light fantastic for your collective viewing pleasure.
The fifteen new contestants vying for accolades and career bumps in their respective industries are: Nelly, Chrisell Stause, Anne Heche, Carole Baskin, Monica Aldama, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Vernon Davis, Skai Jackson, Justina Machado, AJ McLean, Jeannie Mai, Jesse Metcalfe, Nev Schulman, Charles Oakley and Johnny Weir.
Tongues are a-waggin’ over the selection of cast-member Carole Baskin, the controversial yin to the yang of mullet-wearing Joe Exotic in the Netflix true crime documentary series meets S. Hunter Thompson acid trip, Tiger King. Two other Netflix alums are joining Baskin on the dance stage, too: Monica Aldama (Cheer) and Chrishell Stause (Selling Sunset).
Of course, what is Dancing With the Stars without a requisite Backstreet Boy member decorating the proceedings with their undeniable flair? AJ McLean will be doing the honors this go-around, picking up the baton from Nick Carter and no doubt praying fervently for a solo dance spot set to the raucous tune of I Want It That Way. Don’t think that will happen, Dear Readers? To that I simply say: ‘Hey, it’s 2020.’ CLINK – Me dropping the mic and breakdancing away from this paragraph.
The seminal series is set to break all land speed records (and ratings records too, one would presume) on September 14 via ABC. The hostess with the mostess will be none other than Halloween Resurrection alum Tyra Banks, and if she can survive that big screen turkey then Dancing With the Stars should be a walk in the park for the versatile media brand name. All of that said…We’ll miss you Tom Bergeron. Wish you only the best my muchacho. Where was I? Oh yeah – Tyra Banks will not only be serving as host this Bubonic Plague season but, along with Andrew Llinares, will also be an executive producer.
The list of professional dancers paired up with this motley crew have yet to be announced, the network deciding on not letting that particular cat out of the bag until premiere night for the show.
Dancing With the Stars joins a heavy slate of other ABC announced unscripted shows which, in the age of the coronavirus, seem to be popping up with the regularity of Pauly Shore at a free picnic lunch. The Bachelorette, Supermarket Sweep, Press Your Luck and Celebrity Family Feud are all making their presence known on ABC this fall.
This navel-gazing pop culture prognosticator will be joining you once a week with my breakdown of winners and losers from the new season of Dancing With the Stars. Until then –Stay golden, Pony Boy.