The Hollywood Reporter Unveils 2013 Reality Heat List
This story first appeared in the April 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
While every other performance series judges' panel has seen swaps, shake-ups and mis-hirings (see No. 15), ABC's Dancing With the Stars has maintained the same trio of experts for a record 16 seasons.
The staying power of this triumvirate -- Carrie Ann Inaba, 45, Len Goodman, 68, and Bruno Tonioli, 57 -- is so functional and lacking in drama, it's almost a mystery why they're still so much fun to watch.
DWTS host Tom Bergeron decodes their chemistry: "They're a perfectly modulated trio. You've got the flamboyance of Bruno Tonioli, the solid taskmastery of Len Goodman and the passion of Carrie Ann Inaba. It's an embarrassment of riches being able to play off of them. My joy of working in live television has always been that there's no second take, there's no net. All of us have gone at it but in a playful, affectionate way. Usually with Len, it's about him getting a little too crusty or persnickety. With Bruno, it's about how sometimes he can't take a cue and just rambles on and on. And with Carrie Ann, it's, 'When is she going to cry?' I don't relish the thought of any of them doing a Simon Cowell and going off to do another show. I hope we can keep it going for a long time."