'Dancing with the Stars 2' results show to air Fridays, performance show expanded to 90 minutes
By Reality TV World staff, 12/05/2005
ABC announced Friday that the new results show for its upcoming second edition of Dancing with the Stars will air Fridays at 8PM ET/PT. Additionally, the show's performance broadcasts have now been expanded to 90-minutes and air from 8-9:30PM ET/PT on Thursdays.
As previously reported, Dancing with the Stars 2 will debut on Thursday, January 5 at 8PM ET/PT. After a special two-hour premiere broadcast, the show will air 90-minute performance shows for the balance of its eight-week run. Dancing with the Stars 2's first results show will air the following night on January 6.
While ABC has yet to formally reveal the identities of Dancing with the Stars 2's participating celebrities, the names of the some of the participating stars have reportedly begun to leak to the media. According to The New York Post, Jerry Rice, Robert Wagner, Lisa Rinna and Drew Lachey will be among the show's second season dancers.
In addition to airing versus CBS' CSI, ABC's decision to expand Dancing's performance show -- making it, according to Daily Variety, the first regularly scheduled 90-minute primetime network show in several years -- will also place it up against My Name Is Earl, the hit freshman sitcom that NBC, seeking to rebuild its "Must See TV" lineup, will move to Thursdays at 9PM ET/PT beginning January 5.
After eight weeks, Dancing with the Stars 2 will end its run with a Thursday, February 23 finale broadcast. Beginning January 12, ABC will air Crumb, a new dysfunctional family sitcom, in the 9:30-10PM ET/PT time period that follows Dancing's performance show.
Crumb, starring Fred Savage, Jane Curtin, William Devane and Eddie McClintock, features Savage and McClintock as estranged brothers who are forced to reunite when their mother, played by Curtin, is released from a psychiatric facility. Devane plays Curtin's ex-husband.