‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Get Spinoffs at ABC

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ABC is capitalizing off of two of their biggest franchises, ordering two spinoff series for both “The Bachelor” and “Dancing With the Stars,” Variety has learned.

The network has greenlit a sports-themed “Bachelor” spinoff and a kids version of “Dancing With the Stars.”

The Bachelor Winter Games” will feature former participants from past seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” from arch rivals to villains. Described by ABC as “an ode to the Winter Olympic Games” that will “take competitive dating to a chilling new level,” the spinoff will reunite the all-stars at a luxurious winter resort where they will go head-to-head in winter-themed athletic challenges, including the toughest sport of all – love.

“Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss will serve as executive producer, along with Martin Hilton. Next Entertainment and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television are producing.

“The Bachelor Winter Games” will premiere in February 2018, airing in conjunction with “The Bachelor” Season 22, according to ABC’s reality chief Robert Mills, who tweeted about the scheduling news Tuesday morning. That scheduling move puts “Bachelor Winter Games” on during the Winter Olympics, which will be broadcast on NBC.


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Dancing With the Stars Junior will pair celebrity kids and kids of celebrities with professional junior ballroom dancers to perform choreographed routines, which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, just like the flagship series. The cast on the panel will be announced at a later date.

The junior spinoff hails from BBC Worldwide Productions, and is slated to debut in spring 2018.

The news of the spinoffs comes shortly after ABC renewed both flagship series — “The Bachelor” has been picked up for its 22nd season, while “DWTS” has been renewed for Season 25.

For “Bachelor,” the winter games spinoff is the latest in the franchise, which has spun off “The Bachelorette,” summer series “Bachelor In Paradise” and former show “Bachelor Pad.” For “Dancing With the Stars,” the junior series is the first spinoff.

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  1. jacqueline chamero says:

    I love that idea

  2. Hope says:

    Not the least bit interested in seeing crying children on dwts jr. I hate when shows do spin off with kids.

  3. Kim Cline says:

    Seriously?!?! How many Bachelor shows do we have to endure?? From the start it has been the most ridiculous show ever!! Typical..they cancel good shows..such as Last Man Standing..but ..we have to watch a bunch of women fight over one man?!?! There is something seriously wrong with this!!!

  4. Nona Howell says:

    ABC has become a very disappointing network,that evidently decides their program choices from their prejudices instead of ratings. Good-bye ABC

  5. Nancy Roggenbauer says:

    Too bad I will not be watching these shows any more since I’m boycotting ABC because they cancelled Last Man Standing…


  7. CAROL DAVIS says:

    So what are the other two spin-offs? The article clearly stated that both shows would​ have two spin-offs. Only one spin-off is detailed for each show in the article. Can’t wait to read about the other two.

  8. Nas says:

    The kids version of So You Think You Can Dance was a huge flop and now they’re back to the original format with the adults. I have a feeling this version of Dancing with the Stars will end up the same.

  9. Cynthia says:

    Officially boycotting ABC and Disney….what they did with last man standing was wrong, and I will now show how loyal I am tho them……I was a fan of DWTS, Shark Tank, Eyewitness news several times a day….loved the anchors, reporters, and the meteorologists….but I will learn to love other news channels…bye bye ABC…maybe CBS, NBC, or CMT will pick hijo LMS…..like the way CMT saved Nashville…

  10. Cynthia says:

    ABC can spin right off the face of the earth for all I care…they are liberal snowflakes that cancelled the best show on TV….I WON’T be watching anything on ABC anymore….

  11. Fran schiavi says:

    All these crappy shows and yet they didn’t renew Last Man Standing. I don’t get it

  12. Lisa says:

    ABC… The network that cancels shows that were nominated for an Emmy, benches one of the best genre shows on TV right now (SHIELD), treats the fans of its shows with no respect but of course gives life to trash shows people mostly watch to feel better about themselves. Good job, ABC. Good job…

  13. George Lewis says:

    I don’t watch The Bachelor etc shows, but I might check out this new one. Kiddie shows dancing or whatever, I’ll pass.

  14. Dontblameme says:

    DWTS Jr sounds great!

    Another freaking bachelor show? Puke.

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