But even as "DWTS" is comforting in its familiarity, a brand new mix of contestants means a fresh set of big storylines that will emerge over the course of the season. Here are our predictions for the ones you'll see most often.
1) The Trump connection.
Also known as Marla Maples, also known as Donald Trump's ex-wife! The 52-year-old actress, who divorced the GOP presidential contender in 1999 — six years after they had a daughter, Tiffany — isn't going to let you forget it.
"'Dancing With the Stars' has given me an opportunity to really be seen in my own light," Maples says in a preview video, which shows her rehearsing with pro dance partner Tony Dovolani. "Now balance that with the father of my child being the most famous person, probably, in the world right now — that's always showing up in my world."
In her own light or not, count on the Trump connection to drive most of the coverage of Maples. Until she gets voted off.
2) The battle of the NFL players.
For the first time ever, three professional football players will compete against each other: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller and former quarterback Doug Flutie.
Let's remember: Athletes always crush this show. But who will win?!
While the author of this post (ahem) is a Steelers fan, Brown truly could have the edge thanks to voters at home: The Steelers have a more widespread fanbase than the Broncos. And at age 53, history shows Flutie is likely to go home earlier.
3) Competing nostalgia TV actress comeback stories.
Jodie Sweetin, 34, and Mischa Barton, 30, have some surprising similarities. They're actresses from shows beloved by millennials — "Full House" and "The O.C.," respectively. They both have overcome struggles, as Sweetin has talked openly about her former drug addiction, and Barton had a "full-on breakdown" after she shot to fame.
In other words, they're both primed for a comeback, which is great "DWTS" storyline material — particularly for Sweetin, who is back in the headlines thanks to Netflix's "Fuller House" reboot.
4) Nyle DiMarco.
Speaking of inspirational stories, the second-ever male winner of "America's Next Top Model" is making more reality show history as the first male deaf contestant on "DWTS." (Actress Marlee Matlin competed in Season 6.) "DWTS" producers love to showcase contestants who overcome obstacles (see: Amy Purdy and Noah Galloway, who both danced with prosthetic limbs), so expect DiMarco's story to stand out. "I'm surprising myself that I actually can dance," he told People magazine while rehearsing.
Here's a full list of contestants and their partners:
Jodie Sweetin, actress (Keo Motsepe)
Mischa Barton, actress (Artem Chigvintsev)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver (Sharna Burgess)
Paige VanZant, UFC fighter (Mark Ballas)
Wanya Morris, Boyz II Men singer (Lindsay Arnold)
Von Miller, Denver Broncos linebacker (Witney Carson)
Geraldo Rivera, Fox News contributor (Edyta Sliwinska)
Marla Maples, actress and Donald Trump's ex-wife (Tony Dovolani)
Ginger Zee, "Good Morning America" weather anchor (Val Chmerkovskiy)
Kim Fields, actress (Sasha Farber)
Nyle DiMarco, "America's Next Top Model" winner (Peta Murgatroyd)
Doug Flutie, former NFL quarterback (Karina Smirnoff)