3:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Fox Developing Dance Competition From 'American Idol' Producers
Fox is looking into ways to boost its reality roster.
In anticipation of the 2016 end of American Idol, the broadcast network's latest move in the unscripted space may involve dancing. The network is currently in development with FremantleMedia North America and Five Six Seven, Inc. on a Dancing With the Stars-esque show — only one that focuses on civilians, not celebrities.
Created by The Voice producer Stijn Bakkers and FremantleMedia alternative executive vp Toby Gorman, the series would focus on real-life couples as they train, rehearse and perform in live competition until one duo is crowned winner.
Fox has quite a hole to fill in the reality space. American Idol, which also hails from FremantleMedia North America, fills more than 30 hours on the broadcast network's schedule each season.
With big swings of the past year such as Utopia and Knock Knock Live falling short of success, each getting shuffled off the schedule in relatively short order, the bulk of Fox's reality success still comes from the Gordon Ramsay catalog of culinary offerings — most notably MasterChef and MasterChef Junior.
Fox has also been in the dance space for a decade with So You Think You Can Dance. A perennial Emmy nominee, recent summers have seen ratings lag. The latest run averaged a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.5 million viewers.