The new year is well underway and it's time to start thinking about the television dance shows we are going to see in 2020. Which shows are returning? What's the latest update?
We have all of the information you need right here for you from longtime favorites like Dancing with the Stars to spin-offs like The Masked Dancer. It’s all about renewals, shooting schedules and possible cancellations for six TV dance shows. We’ve got you covered and we are ready to dance into the new year.
So You Think You Can Dance
Will the show return for its 17th season? The show has been on the bubble for a while now and fans are getting nervous since it hasn't had an official pick-up for this summer. Sources told Dance Network that the Summer Olympics in Tokyo land right in the middle of the typical SYTYCD season, so the schedule is tricky.
The fact that FOX and SYTYCD producers are discussing the schedule at all is good news. We will take this as a positive sign that the show will return, but possibly with an altered summer schedule. An announcement on Season 17 is expected soon because the show needs to start the audition process.
The Masked Dancer
At the recent Television Critics Association Winter Tour, FOX announced that they were adding a spin-off to their alternative series line-up, The Masked Dancer. This show idea comes off a segment from The Ellen Show, where a panel of judges tries to guess who the dancer is underneath the costume — just like they do on The Masked Singer. Celebrities like Howie Mandel, Sean Hayes, Derek Hough and Ken Jeong all appeared on her show.
Ellen DeGeneres didn't get FOX executives upset with her inspired idea, she got them interested. She will also be an executive producer on the upcoming show.
While details are limited about the format, cast and season premiere, this is definitely a show to take a closer look at in 2020. The Masked Singer has proven to be a juggernaut in the ratings for FOX and they are hoping The Masked Dancer will be too.
World of Dance
World of Dance was renewed for Season 4 in May of 2019. The show hasn't started taping its fourth season just yet. Executive producer and judge Jennifer Lopez has had a very busy year.
She was campaigning during award show season, which garnered her a SAG and Golden Globe nomination for Hustlers. JLo is also preparing for the Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira on Sunday, Feb. 2.
NBC pushed back the taping schedule to accommodate JLo's calendar and it looks like World of Dance, Season 4 will begin to tape after the Super Bowl concludes. The show is expected to go back to a summer series after premiering in the winter last year and, while there have been no formal announcements about the cast, everyone from Season 3 is expected to return to the show.
There isn’t a lot of good news to report here on Flirty Dancing. The Jenna Dewan-hosted show, which premiered on Dec. 29, has not found the audience FOX was hoping for. The series is a huge success in the U.K., but U.S. viewers have been lukewarm to the meet-cute premise of the show.
As a result, FOX is dumping the final two episodes of Season 1 on Saturday, Jan. 25, a less-than-desirable time to have a show air. While the network hasn’t made any cancellation announcements about Flirty Dancing, the writing is on the wall. It’s going to be difficult for the show to earn a second season.
Quibi, the new mobile video platform founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, has ordered a new dance series called Floored. The show format has two dance teams trying to tackle their pre-rehearsed dance numbers on a floor that tilts, shakes, drops, lifts and spins. They will even have obstacles thrown their way as they try to win a cash prize.
Actress Liza Koshy is hosting and executive producing the series. Choreographer Brian Friedman from So You Think You Can Dance is also involved in the show. There isn't a set premiere date yet, but Floored is taping at the end of January.
Dancing with the Stars
ABC has not officially picked up Dancing with the Stars for Season 29, but it's a little early for an announcement. The network traditionally reveals the show’s fate in May during Upfronts, where the networks share the fall TV roster with advertisers.
However, DWTS had a solid showing in Season 28 with steady ratings, a relatively familiar cast compared to prior seasons and a lot of water-cooler talk, thanks to Sean Spicer's long, but controversial run on the show. While some fans wish the show was still on the air twice-a-year, the once-a-year format has strengthened the show's ability to recruit more celebrities and makes fans eager for the show's return in the fall.
So consider Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars a very strong possibility for Fall 2020.
Which show are you most excited to see in 2020?