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Exclu: CBS is getting its own dance show.
The network is partnering with Reveille to bring U.K. hit “Got to
Dance” to the States.
The competition series is billed as the first all-ages all-genres
dance series. A wide variety of acts will compete for a panel of
judges, with viewers getting to vote during the semifinals and
CBS has greenlit the project for an unspecified number of episodes.
This marks the third major network to have a dance-competition
series, joining ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and Fox’s “So You
Think You Can Dance,” with NBC’s “Got Talent” also having a foot in
Sources say CBS alternative topper Jennifer Bresnan liked the
relatability of expanding the genre beyond professionals to include
amateurs with undiscovered talent and high aspirations.
Elisabeth Murdoch, Howard T. Owens, Mark Koops and Robin Ashbrook will executive
produce the Shine Group format created by Princess Prods. and Shine
TV. The British version of “Dance” debuted this year on Sky 1 and
became one of the country’s top-rated premium network series.
The network has yet to select “Got to Dance” judges, but CBS has
expressed some interest in a certain choreographer-turned-reality
TV star for the gig — Paula Abdul. The former “American Idol”
judge continues to be courted for a range of TV projects, recently
ruling out a return to TV on ABC’s “Star Search” reboot.
Bresnan took the reality reins at CBS two years ago and has since
maintained a quiet profile in the media despite launching the
season’s biggest new unscripted hit, “Undercover Boss.”
Though some in the industry were initial skeptical about “Boss”
being a long-distance runner for the network, the series has
maintained strong and consistent numbers on Sundays.
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