5:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum Team for Dancing Competition Series at NBC
NBC is ready to step up its dance game.
The network has handed out a six-episode series pickup to an untitled Jenna Dewan Tatum dance show, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Details about the format are being kept under wraps, but the hourlong project is described as a "fresh take" on the dance competition genre. Dewan Tatum will serve as a judge and mentor on the series, with husband and Step Up co-star Channing Tatum also set to appear onscreen. (Insiders stress that the latter will not be a judge as he is potentially expected to appear occasionally.)
The dance series hails from Endemol Shine North America, with Dewan Tatum and partner Meegan Kiernan set to executive produce via Purple Cup Productions. The series, in partnership with Free Association, is exec produced by Tatum, Peter Kiernan, Reid Carolin, Dewan Tatum and Meegan Kiernan.
Dewan Tatum started her career as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and has worked with artists including Pink, Missy Elliott and Christina Aguilera. Her dancing skills helped earn her the starring role in 2006 feature Step Up, opposite a then-unknown Channing Tatum. The couple married in 2009. Dewan Tatum has continued to focus on acting, with a part on Lifetime's Witches of East End and her current recurring role as comic book character Lucy Lane on CBS freshman drama Supergirl. She is repped by UTA, Management 360 and Bloom Hergott.
The untitled Dewan Tatum series puts NBC in the dance competition business. The news comes as ABC's Dancing With the Stars returned this week with its 22nd season, netting a series-premiere low. Fox, meanwhile, renewed ratings underperformer So You Think You Can Dance for a 13th season — but changed the format to feature all children in what it dubbed SYTYCD: The Next Generation.
For NBC, meanwhile, the dance series comes as the network has found broad appeal with kid-friendly Little Big Shots. Check out the duo together in Step Up and on Spike's Lip Sync Battle, below.