The new season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ on ABC is a dance revolution

Emma Slater and Billy Dee Williams hit the dance floor with a stormtrooper on Monday's season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars." (Adam Taylor/ABC)
Emma Slater and Billy Dee Williams hit the dance floor with a stormtrooper on Monday’s season premiere of “Dancing With the Stars.” (Adam Taylor/ABC)

A groovy new cast can really pump up a tired reality show. Check out the memorable moments from the season 18 premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, Mondays, 8 p.m.):

Star Wars: Storm Troopers and R2-D2 boogie with “Star Wars” star Billy Dee Williams, distracting viewers from the fact that at 77 and with two hip replacements, he can barely walk.

Casting of shade: Handsy dancer Max Chmerkovskiy asks ice dancing gold medalist Meryl Davis if she’s dating skating partner Charlie White. Davis: “Definitely not.”

NSFW: Judge Len Goodman told Davis she’s not only “nice on ice” but “good on wood.”

Me: I can’t believe he said that!

Wife: Huh, what did he say?

Me: (Whispering in wife’s ear).

Wife: Does everyone know that’s what wood means?

Most inspirational moment in the history of reality TV: Amy Purdy, who lost both legs below the knees to bacterial meningitis, rehearsed for “Dancing” at the Paralympics, won a snowboarding bronze, hopped a 16-hour flight home, cha cha’d with style. Judges say they won’t judge her “any different than the other dancers.” Points on a scale of 1 to 10 from the judges: Carrie Anne: 100 million. Len: 17 trillion. Bruno: A googolplex.

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.

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