Upfronts 2012: CBS orders “The Job,” ABC dances with ‘all-stars’

A reality competition series from executive producers Mark Burnett and Michael Davies and an all-star edition of Dancing with the Stars (pictured) are among the unscripted programming Americans can expect in CBS and ABC's fall seasons.
May 16, 2012

A reality competition series from executive producer Mark Burnett and the first all-star version of Dancing with the Stars (pictured) are among the unscripted programs Americans can expect on the CBS and ABC 2012-13 schedules, which the first-place and third-place U.S. networks unveiled at upfront presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 15 and 16).

Alongside returning long-running hits Survivor, The Amazing Race and mid-season show Undercover Boss, CBS will add The Job, a new reality competition series from executive producers Michael Davies and Mark Burnett, to its line-up.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Embassy Row, the Lisa Ling-hosted show offers candidates a chance to win their dream job at a prestigious company by completing a series of challenges. In a twist, rival companies are given a chance to steal top contenders with competing job offers. The show airs mid-season.

Meanwhile, broadcaster ABC has greenlit a 15th, all-star season of Dancing with the Stars, which will feature fan favorites from the show’s past 14 seasons. The cast has yet to be announced. Other non-fiction series renewals include The Bachelor, Shark Tank, Wife Swap and America’s Funniest Home Videos.

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