Read all about it. Dancing with the Stars is coming to a coffee table near you.
The producers of the hit show have teamed with publisher HarperCollins to release a tie-in fitness book that will supposedly chronicle how some of the celebrities and professional dancers who competed on the show got whipped into the best shape of their lives.
We'll venture a guess, however, that the pros are already lookin' pretty good before they take the floor.
"This publishing venture represents just one way we hope to utilize the unique power and popularity of the series to effectively extend off-screen dancing fervor that has captivated millions of viewers on ABC," Bruce Gersh, senior VP of business development for ABC Entertainment and ABC Television Studio, said.
In another attempt to capitalize on that off-screen fervor, ABC took the show on the road in December, launching the inaugural Dancing with the Stars—The Tour. A handful of contestants representing all three seasons, including season-two champ Drew Lachey, hit the performance circuit Dec. 19, about a month after NFL great hoisted the disco ball to cap another successful installment of the ratings winner.
"The Dancing with the Stars brand holds enormous potential and has a great association with consumers combining entertainment with fun and fitness," Paul Telegdy, senior VP of programming and production for BBC Worldwide, said. (Dancing is a U.K. export.)
"As with the network show and most recently the nationwide live tour, we are sure this book will be a fantastic success."
According to Collins, the HarperCollins imprint that will be releasing the Dancing fitness book, the tome will feature instructions for simple dance moves for people to try at home, healthy recipes and never-before-seen pictures and quotes from the celebs and their ballroom partners.
Dancing with the Stars, which was the fourth-most watched show on TV last fall, averaging 20.7 million viewers a week, returns Mar. 19.
This year's lineup includes the usual athletes (boxer and daughter of boxing royalty Laila Ali, Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, former NBA star Clyde Drexler), musicians (Billy Ray Cyrus, Joey Fatone), actors (The Sopranos' Vincent "Big Pussy" Pastore, Ian Ziering), TV personalities (Leeza Gibbons) and pretty faces (ex-supermodel Paulina Porizkova, Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey, former model and Paul McCartney spouse Heather Mills).