Dancing with the Stars 4 will debut in March, could face off against American Idol

Before Dancing with the Stars 3 even concluded, ABC already informally announced plans for a fourth season of its runaway reality hit. Dancing with the Stars 4 will debut in March.

The network is at least considering letting the show face off against American Idol. The Hollywood Reporter says “the time period [is] still being worked out as ABC is trying to figure out whether to run it opposite the ‘tsunami’ that is Fox’s ‘American Idol.'”

While that seems like a fascinating yet colossally stupid idea, this is ABC, America’s most incompetent broadcast network.

The announcement was made at an International Radio & Television Society Foundation panel Wednesday, where ABC VP Jeff Bader said, “I have a feeling ‘American Idol’ is going to go down. TV Week says his statement had “just the right mix of ‘I’m kidding’ and ‘I’m betting’ in his voice.”

ABC’s ‘Dancing’ machine to return [The Hollywood Reporter]
Network Execs Talk Patience at IRTS Panel [TV Week]

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