With the new season of “Dancing With the Stars” just days away, several longtime fans are still upset that the show has moved from cable television to a subscription-only service.
The move was announced in April 2022. At the time, Deadline reported that ABC had filled the DWTS Monday night time slot with football. This left DWTS needing a new home or it’s possible that it could have been canceled.
“After over 30 seasons of the program on ABC, including two spin-offs, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will move off of ABC this fall in order for the Network to showcase several Monday Night Football games as well as develop and invest in new and future programming,” the network said in a statement.
The big move, called “stunning” by Deadline, has the show set to make history when it premieres on September 19, 2022; it will become the first ever live show of its kind to be on a streaming platform. Over the past few months, many fans have expressed concerns over the move because Disney+ is not free and many people don’t have the means or simply don’t want to pay for it.
However, the conversation around the move may have taken a turn in the days leading up to the premiere.
Here’s what you need to know:
Some Fans Realize That DWTS May Have Been Canceled if Disney+ Didn’t Pick it Up
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While having DWTS stream on Disney+ is certainly going to be different, some fans are seeing the silver lining. It’s entirely possible that ABC would have canceled the long-running program because it no longer had a home on the weekly schedule. For this reason, many are happy to see the show continue on, regardless of where it’s airing.
“The show was no longer profitable on ABC. It was either move it to D+ or cancel it all together,” one person commented on a Reddit thread that was started by someone saying that “ABC blew it” by moving the show to the streaming platform.
“The show would’ve been canceled if it wasn’t for Disney+,” echoed another Redditor.
“I can’t think of any reason to complain about the show moving to a new home. They have given us everything we wanted and …read more