4:25pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Vampire Diaries' Star Prepping Dance Drama for The CW (Exclusive)
The CW is poised to explore the world of back-up dancers.
The younger-skewing network is teaming with The Vampire Diaries leading lady Kat Graham for From the Top, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama centers on seven ruthlessly determined dancers and their wild lives as they try to navigate the cut-throat world of Hollywood. Graham will executive produce the Warner Bros. Television drama. Marc Cleary (Oh Sit) and Dan Richter (The Fosters) are set to pen the script and serve as supervising producers for the drama, which was sold based on a short teaser presentation. Graham will exec produce. She is not currently attached to star.
Graham, who has starred on The CW's The Vampire Diaries for seven seasons, started her career as a back-up dancer for the stage and performing in music videos alongside Missy Elliott, Pharrell, Jamie Foxx, Lil' Bow Wow, John Legend, Nelly, Usher and more. Her debut album, Roxbury Drive, is out now on iTunes. She's repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney Roger Goff.
From the Top arrives as soap operas have been in high demand this development season as broadcasters look to replicate the success Fox has found with Lee Daniels' hip-hop Dynasty, Empire.
The news comes hours after former Vampire Diaries writer/EP Michael Narducci, who currently serves as showrunner on spinoff The Originals, sold drama Unfollow to ABC via WBTV.