The new season is finally less than a month away, and following a one-year hiatus, fans are ecstatic to know that “Dancing With the Stars” will be returning to their TVs for Season 28.

The ABC series took a hiatus following Season 27 after backlash from the way voting and results panned out throughout the season, with better performing dancers voted out early and performers who weren’t as skilled not only making it to the finals, but in the case of radio host Bobby Bones, winning the Mirror Ball trophy. Now, with a fresh new season ready to debut, here’s everything new we can expect during Season 28.

New “Tweaks” Are Expected

The show revealed that there would be some “format changes” starting with the new season, but didn’t reveal what they were. However, host Tom Bergeron seemed to hint that fans could expect those changes to be in the form of the voting system, tweeting that the show had “heard” fans, many of whom called for a change to the way votes were counted after Bones’ win.

While nothing has been explicitly confirmed about changes just yet, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke did tell TV Line during the TCA summer press tour that the show was changing its focus.

“It’s about [shifting] the focus of the show to really focus on it being a celebration of dance, and also focusing on the celebrities,” she said.

Bigger Cast Names Than Ever Before

The announcement about format changes also saw one stating that the show was going to aim high when it came to the new cast. While there are rumors which suggest fans can still expect a guest appearance from a recent member of “Bachelor” nation, there could be some bigger names than fans have seen for a while. None of have yet been confirmed, but among celebs who have expressed interest have been Robert Irwin, Dina Lohan and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Following Evanna Lynch’s turn on the dance floor in Season 27, there has also been a campaign for other former “Harry Potter” stars to sign onto the show, with Tom Felton, who portrayed Draco Malfoy in the movies, campaigning to get former co-star Matthew Lewis, who portrayed Neville Longbottom, on board for the competition as well.

New Behind-The-Scenes People

According to Pure DWTS, the show recently cleaned house on the behind-the-staff, meaning producers, writers and other unseen crew have all been replaced, allegedly with those who previously worked on the shows’ UK counterpart and predecessor, “Strictly Come Dancing.”

It May Be Bigger Than Ever

In terms of cast size, there is a chance that there could be more couples participating than in the past, since the show is likely changing to a once-a-year schedule, freeing up budget constraints from a usual two seasons to do bigger and bolder things, and according to Pure DWTS, that could mean by having more pros. The website reports there were pro auditions earlier this year, which could mean new faces in the troupe (and potentially some promotions from long term members), or there could be new pros in addition to the familiar faces competing.

ABC Is Hoping For Higher Ratings

DWTS-Judges “Dancing With the Stars” judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

As it turns out, the new tweaks could be a desperate ploy for the long-running show to stay on the air, as Deadline reports that ABC hopes they will increase ratings and potentially justify keeping the show on the air after Season 28.

"Dancing With the Stars" Season 28 premieres Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.