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[02/03/09 - 12:30 PM]
ABC to Announce the New Cast of "Dancing with the Stars" in a Special Primetime 'All Night Name Drop' Hosted by Tom Bergeron, Sunday February 8
The season eight cast will be revealed in interstitials during that night's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters."

[via press release from ABC]

ABC TO ANNOUNCE THE NEW CAST OF "DANCING WITH THE STARS" IN A SPECIAL PRIMETIME 'ALL NIGHT NAME DROP' HOSTED BY TOM BERGERON, SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8

Cast Members Will Be Revealed in Interstitials Throughout ABC's Sunday Night Lineup

ABC.com Will Post the Names as They're Revealed On Air

First Live In-Studio Interview with a Cast Member on "Good Morning America," Monday, February 9

Cast Member to Appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday, February 10

In a special Sunday night event, the much anticipated Season Eight cast of "Dancing with the Stars" will be announced by "Dancing with the Stars" host Tom Bergeron in interstitials throughout ABC's primetime schedule. Beginning with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," followed by "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters," the "All Night Name Drop" will air SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Immediately following each cast member's unveiling during primetime, ABC.com will post the updated list online (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET).

Following the "All Night Name Drop" on Sunday, "Good Morning America" will have the first live in-studio interview with a member of the new Season Eight cast on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9 (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

Jimmy Kimmel will then play host to a member of the cast on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 (12:06-1:06 a.m., ET).

Season Eight of "Dancing with the Stars" premieres MONDAY, MARCH 9 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET) followed by a second performance show on MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET). "Dancing with the Stars the Results Show" debuts TUESDAY, MARCH 17 (9:00 � 10:02 p.m., ET).

"Dancing with the Stars" is the U.S. version of the international BBC smash hit series, "Strictly Come Dancing." This version is produced in America by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade and Matilda Zoltowski are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. The series is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.





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· BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC)
· DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (HGTV)





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