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I think there's more issues this season than a boring cast. I noticed people were tweeting Tom about replacing the judges and Brooke as well, and getting rid of theme nights (now there's something where less is more). He said he and his accountant don't want there to be one season a year, but just an idea if they want to keep the show going. The spring season should be interesting as a result of this season. I always couldn't wait for DWTS to start up and the rumor mill to kick in, but I can't wait for this snooze fest to be done. I hope next season, there's more competition, less inconsistant judging, and people famous for something other than a reality show (or being related to the main "stars" of one), controversial casting, or being famous because of your parents.Quote:
Dancing With the Stars: Tom Bergeron Says Less Is More
Nov 8, 2011 11:16 AM ET
by Deborah Starr Seibel
It's still a Top 10 hit, but this season ABC's Dancing With the Stars is down nearly 14 percent from last fall, to an average of 18 million viewers. Host Tom Bergeron has a suggestion to keep viewers interested: Only air the show once a year, rather than in both fall and spring.
"One season a year works very well for American Idol," says Bergeron, who thinks the longer wait creates more viewer anticipation. "I certainly think that's one of the things that should be considered going forward. I would be looking at the spring season very carefully."
Bergeron believes a number of factors contributed to the ratings slide, especially the rejuvenation of CBS' Monday comedy slate: "The whole transition from Charlie Sheen to Ashton Kutcher [on Two and a Half Men] was handled brilliantly."
Another possibility? "You wonder if the cast isn't resonating with people," he adds. Bergeron is pragmatic about reclaiming viewers. "You can only be the new kid on the block once," he says. "The challenge is on."
He makes some good points (except for Two and a Half Men; that show was awful before and it's awful now, LOL) But if DWTS went to once a year, I think I'd prefer it to be in the spring instead of the fall. In the fall I'm always trying to catch up with all the new shows, and I'm having to watch more and more shows online after the fact. Plus their spring seasons just seem to be better, and attract better stars. Maybe more celebrities are available that time of year, I don't know...
I never really watched Two and A Half Men, but I'll take your word for it :)
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ALthough, I'm not sure once a year is the answer. Idol can get away with it because it lasts so long. A longer single season likely wouldn't work for DWTS given celeb's up and down schedules. The only other way to compensate for that that I can think of is to get bigger name celebs and I don't think they'll have success. No a-list actor will go on this show. It will always hover around b-list celebs.
If I could make one change about the judges to help stop all the squabbling among viewers, is to either:
a) say it like it is....Len is the only one allowed to judge technique, Bruno is the only one allowed to judge performance, and Carrie Ann the only one allowed to judge choreography....
b) maybe do what they do in gymnastics and ice skating. Combine all 3 judges scores but for one category at a time. Then combine those into a final number.
I think once a year would help casting -- they wouldn't have to stretch themselves as thin, so they could get a better level of stars. Imagine if the 12 most recognizable stars from the past two seasons were in one cast. There would be fewer reality TV people! (probably maybe)