ABC Sets ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ‘Repeat After Me’ Premiere Dates

TCA 2015: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” gets a special for its 25th anniversary; “Jimmy Kimmel Live” returns to SXSW for five shows

Last Updated: January 14, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

ABC unveiled premiere dates for “Dancing With the Stars,” new reality series “Repeat After Me” and a 25th anniversary celebration of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. Also, the network announced that “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will return to South By Southwest for five original shows this March.

We’ll go in chronological order: First, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” returns with a special on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. ET.

Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross from “Black-ish,” as well as Cristela Alonzo from “Cristela,” will join “AFV” host Tom Bergeron to watch the best clips from the past 25 years for “AFV’s 25th Anniversary Celebrity Celebration,” picking a winner. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is the longest-running primetime entertainment show in the history of ABC. Vin DiBona is executive producer, with Todd Thicke and Michele Nasraway also serving as executive producers.

Two days (and technically 90 minutes) later, “Repeat After Me” debuts on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 8:30 p.m. Hosted by “The Goldbergs” star Wendi McLendon-Covey and inspired by a segment from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Repeat After Me” will see the actress instructing her celebrity friends via a remote ear piece to mess with everyday people in hidden-camera situations. At the end of each half-hour episode, the best moment of the night will be selected in front of a live studio audience. The pilot episode stars Ellen Pompeo, Taye Diggs and Harry Connick, Jr.

“Repeat After Me” is from A Very Good Production in association with Warner Horizon Television. The executive producers of “Repeat After Me” are DeGeneres, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Kevin A. Leman II, Jason Goldberg, James Breen and Jeff Kleeman.

About a month later, “Dancing With the Stars” comes back for its 10th anniversary and 20th season on Monday, March 16 at 8 p.m. ET. The cast will be announced at a later date.

Bergeron and Erin Andrews are back to host; Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough will continue as judges.

“Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Rob Wade, Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers.

That same day kicks off Jimmy Kimmel’s week-long tenure at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” will broadcast five original shows from The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts. Kimmel will welcome celebrity guests, showcase musical performances and shoot comedy segments around Texas and at the festival.

On returning to Texas, Kimmel said, “We had so much fun in Austin last year, we’re doing it again. This time we might never come back.”

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