Dancing With the Stars looks and feels a lot different these days. Without the luxury of the Tuesday night results show, Monday’s two-hour installments are crammed with competitive performances, random filler interviews, lively exhibition-dance bumpers, and often-rushed eliminations based in part on the previous week’s viewer votes. By the end of the show, the disconnect between what just happened on-screen and what’s about to happen can be jarring — like last week, when Elizabeth Berkley and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy faced elimination mere minutes after scoring a perfect 30 on an extra-beefy salsa trio.
Well, Dancing With the Stars isn’t thrilled about the format changes, either. Showrunner Conrad Green spoke to EW about this season’s downsizing pains, the judges’ enduring dilemma, and the future of the series:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How has the adjustment been to Monday nights only?
CONRAD GREEN: Obviously, it wasn’t our choice not to have a results show. A results show works, and that is the clearest, simplest way — cause and effect, week to week. But the network, they wanted to launch the Marvel show [Tuesday's Agents of SHIELD], and some comedies after it, and they have their own priorities and that’s perfectly valid. So then we have the problem of what do we do? Because if you’ve got one night a week, all of the options aren’t brilliant. It’s then a question of which one is least bad. READ FULL STORY