Wildly fashionable personage contention bid Dancing With the Stars is heading to Disney Plus, marking the archetypal unrecorded bid to debut exclusively connected the streaming service.
The bid antecedently aired 30 seasons crossed 16 years connected ABC, Disney’s broadcast TV network. Disney said the bid has an exclusive two-season pickup connected Disney Plus and volition premiere successful the US and Canada successful the fall. The amusement volition beryllium changeable successful beforehand of a unrecorded assemblage by BBC Studios’ accumulation limb successful Los Angeles.
Specifics astir Disney Plus’ rights to past seasons are unclear. Asked whether Dancing With the Stars volition aerial connected broadcast astatine each moving guardant oregon whether Disney Plus volition get the entirety of the show’s catalog, Disney spokesperson Heather Levine told The Verge that the institution volition person further details to stock astatine a aboriginal date.
The determination to determination 1 of ABC’s biggest unrecorded tv bid to Disney Plus underscores the company’s committedness to bringing much subscribers to its marquee streaming service. Disney Plus says it plans to scope 230 cardinal to 260 cardinal subscribers by 2024 and has been laser-focused connected that goal. Some of Disney’s biggest films debuted connected Disney Plus since its launch, and the work precocious announced a cheaper, ad-supported tier arsenic well.
“The show’s wide appeal, arsenic good arsenic the overwhelming popularity of its Disney-themed contention nights, marque Disney Plus the cleanable location for Dancing with the Stars while continuing to grow our demographic reach,” Kareem Daniel, president of Disney media and amusement distribution, said successful a statement.
It is, however, a bold determination fixed the show’s immense popularity astatine ABC. The institution said that during its autumn 2021 season, Dancing With the Stars was among the apical 5 unscripted bid with adults ages 18 to 49. Dana Walden, president of amusement astatine Walt Disney Television, said successful a connection that ABC is focused connected expanding its unscripted slate.