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One of television's best recurring punchlines is ABC's idea of what constitutes a "star," as regularly exhibited by the competitors on the network's long-running reality competition series Dancing With the Stars. Typically, each new cast announcement elicits a "Who?" from normal non-stars like you and me, instead of a more star-worthy "Whoa!" But you know what? Things are headed in the right direction (barely) according to the roster for Season 17, which ABC announced today on Good Morning America

First of all, BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY! Yep, our generation's Mr. Wizard will swap Bunsen Burners for burnin' up a rug to the delight of everyone. I love Bill Nye, so I will be rooting for him so hard until I forget about this program, which should take about 15 minutes. 


This year's list also features some camp, and it doesn't get any campier than Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, formerly Elizabeth Berkley, formerly Jessie Spano from Saved By the Bell, a.k.a. the tall chick who had a breakdown over caffeine pills. A lot of people will go on and on about her involvement in Saved By the Bell, but not me. That's because Berkley will always be the centerpiece of the greatest moving-pictures film of 1995, the triumph that is the stripper epic Showgirls. Seriously, watch it again. It still holds up as really bad.

Moving on, there's something called a "Snooki" competing this year. (J/K, Nicole, we love you.) She's the second Jersey Shore star to appear on the series, following Mike "The Situation" Italian Last Name who was eliminated four weeks into Season 11. Well, maybe someone else from Jersey Shore was on the show, too, but we've already wasted enough time talking about both Jersey Shore and DWTS

Your required NFL player will be Keyshawn Johnson, the former Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Carolina Panthers wide receiver who helped solidify the position as a spot for whiny divas. Johnson would later head over to ESPN and talk about football for a living. 

Rounding out the lineup are the Disney Star (High School Musical's Corbin Bleu), the Yukster (blue-collar comedian Bill Engvall), the Teen Heartthrob (Pretty Little Liars' Brant Daugherty), the Wily Vet (The Mary Tyler Moore Show's Valeri Harper), the Sexy Kitten with an Unfair Dancing Background Advantage (actress and singer Christina Milian), the Former Child Reality Star (Jack Osbourne), the Rising Television Star (Glee's Amber Riley), and the TV Star Who Used to be Too Good for DWTS (King of Queens' Leah Remini). 

Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, September 16 on ABC. 

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I can't watch another season of 'celebrity' contestants too fat, too old, or too sick to win. It's unfair to the 'pros' who get stuck with the worst ones. Adios, DWTS!
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im suprised they didnt get a current disney star instead an old one...i like how you can barely see snooki in the photo lol
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I'm shocked that Corbin Bleu is not a gay pornstar pseudonym!
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Milian will win
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Calling Jack Osbourne now. Sleeper.
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Corbin Bleu still has a career?
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Wow, I know most of those people. As for Bill Nye, stoked about this news, but I am thinking that DWTS is using the newfound "fad" of science being awesome to their advantage. As long as Nye and science get some good exposure, I'm all for it. Anyway, why am I wasting my internet breath, am never going to watch this.
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I am rooting for Bill Nye very seriously like crazy because I just love the guy. Nobody in my vicinity has better mock my hero in any way, shape or form, because I will put the fear of God unto them.
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I'm sure a lot of people are voting for Bill Nye as a joke, but he does have the lean, lanky body that makes for a good dancer. If anything works against him it's his age.
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Words fail me to an extreme level on this news. 100% weird. And also 99% not care.
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Hopefully Bill Nye will explain the physics of dance.
And the psychology behind how to get a lady to dance with you. *Sigh...*
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The secret is confidence.
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Still not enough Star Power to pull me in...doubt I will watch. More fun in watching people lose weight or outwit each other.
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Then you should love watching DWTS; it's just a more colorful version of "The Biggest Loser!"
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or there are actual tv shows that arent reality crap...u could try those
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PLEASE name some for me; can't find any!
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Billy Nye will probably get the fan votes and if he can actually dance he could win! Christina Millian will probably get the judges votes from the beginning though and I have no idea about her fan base but she has a good chance of winning just from her actual talent. Especially if she's paired with Derek or Mark who have fans of their own!

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Ok if I was a star I think this would be fun! Also I'm surprised James Franco isn't on here on considering all the crazy stuff he's been doing lately.
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I was thinking the exact same thing!
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James Franco? Ain't nobody got time for that.
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I'm just saying, he decided to be in a soap opera. Then he's in that trashy Spring Breakers movie, and last week he had a Roast. He could so some other not A list celeb stuff, like DWTS!
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Oh, and I am looking most forward to see Bill Nye! I hope he'll do better than I think.
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Oh right, so Valerie's got the sappy story - check! That'll keep her around for at least 2 episodes to reach top 10. :P

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Hmmm, my theories:

Who is Keyshawn Johnson? He won't win, but he'll be OK and so he won't be the first to go. I predict top 7.

Jack Osbourne won't be that good, but he is likable and people will vote him to a top 6 at least.

Bill Engvald seems like the typical bad male dancer that won't be the first to go because he is likable, but he will go quick. Top 12-8.

Brant Daugherty is the hottie and he will be one of the better dancers - especially of the male celebs, but he is not famous enough to win even if he's good. Still, a top 5 for him too.

Snooki is too hateable and won't be a great dancer so she'll be like top 11-10. She is this year's clown.

Amber Riley will see a lot of bias due to her size and that will be to her disadvantage no matter how good or bad she is, but she is likable and current enough because of Glee so she will get to top 8.

Valerie Harper will go quick, maybe the first to go. Old women hardly do well in these competitions and they tend to suck in this contest. Top 12-10,

Corbin Bleu will also be one of the best dancers, but is he likable and famous enough to win? Top 5 for sure though.

Elizabeth Berkley will be a good dancer, but too stick-like and not famous or likable enough to win in the end, but she'll be top 5 as well.

Christina Milian has the advantage of having previous dance experience AND has had fame in the past... Despite her sluttiness she'll be the judge's favourite because she can dance and Bruno loves sexy (= slutty) female dancers. :P Just like Nicole Scherzinger and Mya she'll be top 3 for sure and might even win. I don't think she is as "likable" as them though (I hated them myself).

Leah Rimini has the likability factor and some fame, but it depends how good she'll be at dancing and I think she'll probably be OK or better = top 5. Still, no Jennifer Grey. I don't think she'll have the skills to win, but it wouldn't surprise me either if she did.

Bill Nye is likable and heard of, but he won't be a great dancer + he's old = won't win for sure. Top 9.

My guess would be Christina Milian, but since she is an annoying, trashy and cheap one, it probably will be a likable and good male dancer = Corbin Bleu. Brant is a possibility, but I don't think he's famous enough.

Does that sound too far off?
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just like American Idol, DWTS is loosing credibility its time to both to rest!!
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In what parallel universe do you come from where DWTS ever had credibility?
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I was just reading the list, and There is something a miss. I hope I'm wrong, and please forgive me if I am, But, Didn't Valarie Harper pass away this winter? I do remember a marathon of her show "Rhoda" being played in her remembrance on MeTv for her passing.
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Yeah, I should have researched it myself before posting. What I saw was Valarie making the announcement of her Cancer and having only 3 months to live. God bless her that she made that statement over 9 months ago. For that simple fact alone, I am going to cheer her on to the end.
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A Wikipedia search shows that Valerie Harper is still alive, and that none of the main Rhoda cast has died recently
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Christina Milian has been grating on my nerves so much on The Voice that I'm sure I'm not gonna watch this.
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Noooo Snooki!!!!
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Didn't Snooki's 15 minutes of Fame end along with the Jersey Shore?
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Snooki is the benchmark/warning sign for beer goggles, without her we wouldn't have a walking warning of why not to overindulge. "Sexy" <---- more drunk | less drunk ------ > Troll
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DWTS where over 60% of the cast is recognizable....might have to watch this one. Will be rooting for Amber Riley...but think I rather hear her sing than dance....we'll see it goes.
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Brant Daugherty is so dreamy. I might tune in for him.
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I now want to watch this new season, if only to see Billy Nye (the science guy) dance.
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Were they able to get Bill Engvall AND his mustache?
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I know he won't, but damn it, I want Bill Nye to win. And damn ABC for making me give a crap. Cause now I wanna watch it and sing the Bill Nye theme......

OMG! What if they have him do a dance to it???????????????? My life would be made right there.
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it's bad when the person I'm most interested in out of the whole cast is Snooki... good thing I've never watched a single episode of this show.
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And good for Valerie Harper for being there, because let's face it, 9 months ago, she had 3 months to live. Hiya, Rho!
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I'm glad that have some actual famous people this time...I hate reality shows, but I find myself watching Total Divas, which leads me to believe that I can tolerate reality shows as long as the people on them are already famous for something.
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Bill Nye!


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Damned good rhythm in that clip.
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It looks like he's had this thing wrapped up for quite a while now...


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Barrel, meet scraper.

But then, I think that every season...
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