The premiere date is Monday, March 18th, with the first results show Tuesday, March 26th.
The AS season was allegedly Derek's last, with Maks and Cheryl both saying they may be taking a break this upcoming season. I won't be surprised to see more troupe members added as pros.
And here is the supposed first confirmed "celeb" (using that term extremely loosely-I never even watched this show and I don't even like her):
Hollywood Here I Come! Emily Maynard Confirmed For New Season Of Dancing With The Stars! | Radar Online
If the show wants to turn the ratings into an upwards swing, I don't think this is the way to go. But I'm not in the businnes, so what do I know. Except when producers are doing damage control.
Other celebs expressing interest in taking part on the show are Olympians Ryan Lochtne (sp?), and members of the Fierce Five gymnastics team (I thought they were the Fab Five?). Jordyn Weiber and Kyla (can't remember her last name) have said they'd love to do the show.
Actor Antonio Sabato jr, Paul Reubens, and actress Stacy Dash have all been campaigning in the past to do the show. Also, I've heard Ann Romney's name in the mix. I know she was in the audience, so I don't know if that's where that rumor is coming from or not.
I'd be all for a reality/political/controversial stunt casting free season, among other things that they could fix. The show seems to tweak the things that don't need it.