'Dancing With the Stars' season premiere recap: Thirteenth Time's the Charm

It's a whole new season, DANCMSTRs, and this time that means a whole new Dancing With the Stars set! Everything is HUGE now, there's a Wheel of Fortune-esque logo on the judges' table, and the opening credits feature the cast posing "confidently" in an empty theater. It's much too early to dismiss the show's new look, but I do already miss the cozy ballroom-in-the-basement feel, the fancy script, and the purple kaleidoscope background patterns that would either give me tremors or leave me comfortably numb, depending on my mood.

I love that Harold Wheeler and his merry band of tricksters get their own official introduction at the top (instead of Tom always having to wing a mention of them an hour and a half in), but the new "parting of the Red Stairs" effect has me very worried that the days of DWTS' loving zoom-ins on Enthusiastic Chimes Lady could be over. To be fair, Impeccably Manicured Trumpeter, another band fave, got showcased at the end of the cast's awkward descent down the steep new stairs. But the shot of him seemed so dark and somber. We could barely see his nails. What is the point? Read More...



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