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'Dancing with the Stars' 2013: Paula Deen, Tony Kanaan to Join Season 17? 'DWTS' Cast Rumors, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Fourth Judge Confirmed? 'May Well Be Back'

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(Photo : Facebook) "Dancing with the Stars" season 17: Who will join the new cast this year?

"Dancing with the Stars" season 17 is full of buzz as news surfaced that Maksim Chmerkovsky is returning, a fourth judge could be added, and Paula Deen or Tony Kanaan could be joining the new cast.

Professional dancer Chmerkovsky skipped out on season 16 of "Dancing with the Stars," which Kellie Pickler won, to explore other career opportunities, but now ABC President of Entertainment Paul Lee hinted that the sexy dancer could be back.

"Maks is part of the family. He may well be back," Lee said during the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday.

Also is good to note that Chmerkovsky wraps his Broadway show "Forever Tango," also starring his former fiancé Karina Smirnoff, on Aug. 11, more than a month before the "DWTS" season 17 premiere on Sept. 16.

Derek Hough also confirmed that he was returning.

"Yes," Hough told Access Hollywood on Thursday about coming back. "And the format's changing. We've got one show a week now, but I think it'll make a better show, more jam packed. And so I'm excited about it."

That's right. There will be no more Tuesday night results. Instead, "DWTS" will only air on Monday nights.

What about the judges?

According to TheStir.CafeMom, only one judge has been confirmed: Carrie Ann Inaba. There's no word about Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, but rumors swirled that a fourth judge will also be involved in the dancing goodness.

In terms of casting, no real news has surfaced yet, but of course there's speculation.

TheStir speculated that Paula Deen and Jon Gosselin could join the highly anticipated roster. Indy car racer Tony Kanaan is also involved in the rumors.

"At this point, anyone could wind up making the roster, but odds are good they're going to try and cast some pretty great characters this season," TheStir said.

"Dancing with the Stars" season 17 premieres on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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