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NBC is clearly committed to World of Dance, last summer’s breakout reality hit. The network on Thursday announced that, amidst all of its pre-upfront scripted news, the unscripted competition is getting a third season.
News of the show’s renewal comes a few weeks before its sophomore-season bow — another vote of confidence after its impressive freshman run.
“World of Dance is a high-energy competition with immeasurable heart, compelling storytelling and unmatched talent,” NBC Entertainment alternative and reality group president Paul Telegdy said Thursday in a statement. “With our exceptional judging panel leading the charge and competitors who are the best in what they do, we’re thrilled to once again bring viewers the Olympics of dance.”
The project, produced in-house by Universal Television Alternative Studio, averaged a robust 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers during its first season. The show features Jennifer Lopez (also an executive producer), Derek Hough and Ne-Yo as judges, with Jenna Dewan serving as host and mentor.
“We set out to make World of Dance a competition series of the highest caliber — every act that hits the stage gives their all and challenges themselves against the most elite athletes in the world,” said Lopez. “As an executive producer and judge, I’m constantly reminded of the heart and determination it takes to rise to the challenge and become the best of the best. I can’t wait to see the talent that comes across our stage for Season 3.”
NBC has carved out a unique and impressive space in TV’s reality and alternative environment, boasting the highest-rated series in America’s Got Talent and The Voice and consistently launching new hits in a medium that has famously suffered on broadcast since its mid-2000s heyday.
“We have seen firsthand that these undeniable competitors on World of Dance have a rare fire and passion within. It is a privilege for us to provide this unparalleled platform, which pushes dancers to unlock their greatest potential and can change the trajectory of their personal, professional, and artistic lives,” said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio.
Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina serve as executive producers for Nuyorican Productions, with Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, Alex Katz, Alex Rudzinski, David Gonzalez and Matthew Everitt also on board as executive producers.
World of Dance‘s second season kicks off May 29.
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