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ABC Entertainment Pres. Karey Burke Says Upcoming Seasons of ‘The Bachelorette’ and DTWS Have ‘Ingenuity’ & are ‘Thoughtful’

Just how will reality and talent competition series look in the face of COVID-10?  Well, on Wednesday ABC Entertainment President, Karey Burke commented on plans for Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette and the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.

Of note: The Bachelorette will be produced in quarantine with the cast and crew not allowed to come in and out of the production while the show is filmed.

Burke shared with Deadline: “I have seen the plan, it is very thoughtful and is being vetted now at the studio level and guilds. I do believe that the show will be able to come together and go into production in July.”

As for the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars, Burke was enthusiastic noting they have also presented changes to her and they have the advantage of also being in foreign territories were the shows airs their internaitonal versions:  “I have seen the presentation from the Dancing with the Stars producers on how we are planning to produce this show, post-COVID and with the health regulations in place because they have the advantage of making it in other territories and I am blown away by the ingenuity and the care which they are producing it, “We are bringing all of those innovations to the American broadcast. I’m really confident in their plan.”

Kaitlyn Bristowe, a former ‘Bachelorette” was announced as the first celebrity contestant for the new season of DWTS, when ever that makes it to air.

No airdates have been set for either show, but ABC unveiled its 2020-21 prime-time schedule with Season 29 of’ Dancing” airing on Mondays at 8/7c in its usual timeslot, while Season 16 of The Bachelorette will now air on Tuesday nights at 8/7c.

So, how do you think the new seasons of The Bachelorette and Dancing with the Stars will look with safety protocols in place and mandatory? Comment below.

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ABC Reveals Clare Crawley As the Upcoming Season’s ‘Bachelorette’

“Bachelor Nation” did not see this one coming.  Instead of picking from the contestants in Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor, (usually one of the top four runner-ups often gets the nod), the producers decided to go back six years and pick 38-year-old Clare Crawley who has previously appeared on several shows in the franchise.  The announcement came this morning on Good Morning America.

With the pick of Crawley, it makes her the oldest series star of the reality-competition series.  Clare appeared on Juan Pablo’s season of The Bachelor, and was given the heave-ho in the finale.  Later, she appeared on Bachelor in Paradise where the producers edited a scene to make it look like when she was crying while having a talk with a raccoon.

Still that was not enough for Crawley, who returned to the franchise for 2018’s Winter Games and fell for Canadian contestant Benoit Beausejour-Savard, They then became engaged.  However, two months later that relationship went bust.

On Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor, most of the top finalists are all under the age of 25, which may have been one reason the series decided to skew older with their choice of Crawley.  That series concludes over the next two weeks. The premiere date of season 16 of The Bachelorette has yet to be announced.

Now, watch the reveal of Clare as The Bachelorette and her first sit-down interview with Lara Spencer; since finding out she was tapped for the upcoming season.  Crawley also weighs-in on what kind of man she would be looking for as she searches for love … one more time.

So, what do you think of the choice of Clare Crawley as ‘The Bachelorette’? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars Season 28 Cast Revealed: From The Bachelorette’s Hannah Brown to Ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

This morning on ABC’s Good Morning America the celebrity line-up was announced for the upcoming fall season and 28th edition of Dancing with the Stars.  Within the list of competitors are: The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown, former Dawson’s Creek star, James Van Der Beek, and even disgraced White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, and the “Uptown Girl” herself, supermodel Christie Brinkley 

In addition to the above celebs, showing their best ballroom dance moves will also be: Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, The Office‘s Kate Flannery and Kenan & Kel‘s Kel Mitchell, plus The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke, and American Idol Season 10 runner-up  and now country/pop star, Lauren Alaina.

As for the former pro athletes in the cast; those slots belong to: former NFL linebacker of the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis, and former NBA player (and former hubby to Khloe Kardashian) Lamar Odom.

On the pro dancer side, this season will mark the return of Peta Murgatroyd who last competed three seasons ago, as well as newcomers Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov. In addition, the cast will include the steps of: Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko and Emma Slater.

This season viewers will not learn of the celebrity/pro pairings till the night of the premiere.

All the moves kick-off on Monday night, September 26th at 8PMEST/7PMCST on ABC.

So, what do you think of the new cast of DWTS? Who do you think on paper stands the best chance of being a top contender for the Mirror Ball Trophy? Weigh-in below.

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