ABC will further stretch “The Bachelor” Extended Universe in winter 2018, and it’s also adding an aged-down spinoff of “Dancing With the Stars” to its roster for later in the season.
“Dancing With the Stars Junior” will premiere next spring, the network announced Tuesday. The show will feature “celebrity kids and kids of celebrities” in a ballroom dancing competition. The “pros” in this case will be competitive junior ballroom dancers. A judging panel will be named later.
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says the network hasn’t decided yet whether “DWTS Junior” will sub in for the original “Dancing With the Stars” in the spring or if the two shows will run concurrently.
“We are looking at scheduling, and there isn’t anything I necessarily want to confirm about how we’re going to roll out ‘Dancing With the Stars Junior,'” she says. “The bigger thing for us is we want to continue to broaden and deepen that brand in the way that we’ve done with ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette,’ and expand that franchise into other areas. This is the first step in that direction.”
Speaking of “The Bachelor”: In February 2018 ABC will roll out “The Bachelor Winter Games” as counterprogramming to the Winter Olympics. The show will send past “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” favorites to a “luxurious winter resort, where they will go head-to-head in winter-themed athletic challenges, including the toughest sport of all — love.”
It’s essentially “Bachelor in Paradise” with snowy establishing shots, and it makes some sense: “Bachelor in Paradise” held up quite well in the ratings opposite the Olympics last summer. There’s no word on the scheduling pattern for the show yet.