Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Controversial New Season of Dancing With the Stars & It’s Possible Delay

On Sept 13, the new season of Dancing With the Stars announced its star-studded cast. Among the stars joining the ballroom are Mira Sorvino, Vanderpump Rules‘ Ariana Madix, former Bachelorette Charity Lawson, Jamie Lynn Spears, Matt Walsh, Marvel actress Xochitl Gomez, How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan and NFL star Adrian Peterson.

Until then, things were smooth sailing for the show; contestants began rehearsals, fans started to get excited, and so on. That all changed, however, when the Writer’s Guild Association (WGA for short) declared that the hit ABC show was a WGA-covered production and, therefore, starting the new season would go against the strike rules.

“The Guild has, and will continue to, picket struck shows that are in production during the strike,” read a WGA statement provided to TheWrap.

According to Variety, the show, which is still set to debut on Sept 26, is under the guild because it employs one WGA writer for all its introductions and scripted bits. In addition to the one writer, who is still seemingly on strike, the show also employs roughly 500 staff members, including crew members and producers. 

Since the backlash from the union, WGA members have joined picket lines outside the DWTS studios and even targeted the contestants who are actors including Sorvino, Walsh and Hannigan. “The WGA respects all writing whether it’s a single writer on a feature film with 500 people or it’s a single writer on a TV show with 500 people,” a picketer explained to Deadline. “It’s all the same to us and we’re going to protect writing across the board.”

Shortly after picket lines started to form, Veep alum Matt Walsh, who was paired with professional dancer Koko Iwasaki, announced he would be “taking a pause” from the show on Sept 21.

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