The two-hour premiere will kick off the reality competition show's seventeenth season, and while the cast has yet to be announced, the casting rumors are already flying, with controversial former Food Network starPaula Deen and Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan at the forefront of the rumor mill.
Meanwhile, we're still waiting for confirmation on which dance pros will be returning for Season 17. Rumors have hinted that longtime pro Cheryl Burke might want out, but Cheryl put the kabosh on that, saying, "as long as Dancing With the Stars wants to have me, I'll be there."
And while Derek Hough and Maksim Chmerkovskiy's participation might be up in the air, there are plenty of pros who agree with Cheryl. Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd, and Louis Van Amstel are all amongst those who are on the record saying of course they'd want to return. Karina Smirnoff also continues to talk about the show as if she has every intention of being on it. It can also be safely assumed that most of the newer pros want to return.
As for the new format, look for DWTS to make some serious changes this season, as ABC recently canceled its Tuesday night results show.
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Dancing With the Stars Season 17 will premiere Monday, September 16, 2013, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. http://www.wetpaint.com/dancing-with-the-stars/articles/2013-07-17-season-17-premiere-date-september-16