ABC will announce cast of Dancing with the Stars 8 during prime-time Sunday

If you want to be first to know the actual cast of Dancing with the Stars 8, you’ll have to sit through ABC’s three hours of prime-time programming Sunday night–or constantly press “reload” on abc.com.

The network announced today that they’ll announce the new cast Sunday from 8 to 11 p.m. ET, in something they’re calling the “All Night Name Drop.” Tom Bergeron (what! no Samantha Harris?!) will appear “in interstitials throughout ABC’s primetime schedule,” ABC said. That includes Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.

If suffering through those shows is too much, the network said that “[i]Immediately following each cast member’s unveiling during primetime, ABC.com will post the updated list online.” And at least they’re not making us watch Good Morning America again.

ABC to Announce the New Cast of “Dancing with the Stars”… [ABC press release]

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