‘World of Dance’ Renewed for Season 2 at NBC
“World of Dance” has been renewed for Season 2 at NBC, the network announced Thursday.
The series gives dancers the platform to showcase their talents and compete for a $1 million grand prize. It features a judging team composed of Jennifer Lopez, who also serves as an executive producer, Derek Hough, NE-YO and host Jenna Dewan Tatum.
“I am so proud to not only star, but produce a show that is so close to my heart,” Lopez said. “I am so happy that ‘World of Dance’ has resonated with audiences and we are able to put dancers on the pedestal they deserve. I cannot wait to continue this journey and my partnership with NBC.”
The show is currently averaging a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 11 million viewers overall in Live+7, according to Nielsen data. It is the number one new series of the summer in both key ratings measures, as well as the summer’s number entertainment series in both measures, behind only fellow NBC series “America’s Got Talent.”
“We are thrilled that the unrivaled athleticism and authenticity that inspired us to create ‘World of Dance’ has been embraced by both the dance community and our viewers,” said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio. “The amazing dancers competing this season have proven to not only entertain us but elevate our expectations and expand our imagination. The bar has been set extremely high for season two. The competition will be fierce and we will all witness greatness.”
Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and Benny Medina executive produce for Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions. Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, Alex Katz, David Gonzalez, Matthew Everitt and Al Hassas also executive produce. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Nuyorican Productions and World of Dance.
DEADLINE – Jenna Dewan Tatum has signed on to NBC’s new dance competition series World of Dance as a host and mentor.
Tatum joins World of Dance judges Derek Hough, Ne-Yo and Jennifer Lopez, who also serves as executive producer. The upcoming 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio and Nuyorican Productions will give dancers the platform to showcase their talents and the opportunity to receive a grand prize of $1 million.
Tatum, who has a first-look deal for unscripted projects with Universal Television, has her own dance competition reality show set at NBC. The untitled project, in which she also serves as an executive producer, has landed a six-episode order. As an actress, Tatum played Lucy Lane, Lois’ brash, funny and beautiful younger sister, in the first season of Supergirl, which moved from CBS to the CW for the current Season 2.
World of Dance will also feature choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo and director Alex Rudzinksi.
YouTube is making its first big scripted series bet, giving a straight-to-series order toStep Up, a drama series from Lionsgate TV based on the film franchise that grossed $650 million at the global box office. The show will begin production later this year and will debut on YouTube Red next year as the subscription video service’s first full-fledged, big-budget original drama series. It is one of several new series unveiled today at Vidcon by YouTube’s global head of original content Susanne Daniels, along with Rhett & Link’s Buddy System, Dan & Phil’s Tour Documentary, Vlogumentaryand a Michael Stevens project. She also announced the renewals of Scare Pewdiepie, Foursome and untitled Smosh movie.
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who co-starred in the original Step Upfilm, will executive produce the series adaptation along with the movies’ producers Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton.
The Step Up series is described as a heart-pounding, sexy, music-filled drama about dancers in a contemporary performing arts school.
The original Step Up (2006), was followed by four other movies – Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up: 3D, Step Up: Revolution and Step Up: All In. The last two films were released by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label.
“I’ve been a fan of the Step Up movies for years and always believed the films would translate into an awesome original series,” said Daniels. “We know that dance is a hugely successful global category on YouTube, so I’m excited to have a series rooted in such an enormously popular genre on our platform.”
This is the latest example of Lionsgate TV helping a fledgeling original scripted player get into the space. The studio previously did it with AMC (Mad Men), Netflix (Orange Is the New Black), WGN America (Manhattan) and Epix (Graves), among others.
“Step Up is an incredible property with the global appeal to launch both a blockbuster film franchise and an exhilarating, high-energy series,” said Lionsgate TV Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. “After five exciting and successful movies, we’re proud to partner with YouTube Red, a major new force on the programming landscape, to adapt the films into an adrenaline-filled original drama series driven by its non-stop energy, spectacular dancing and A-list creative talent.”
Daniels, who joined YouTube a year ago, is encouraged by the early response to original series by Red subscribers. “With nine projects launched, we’re seeing fans sign up, tune in, binge and share their enthusiasm with their friends,” she said. “And a ton of this activity is happening in just the first 24 hours after our new series go live.”
Supergirl has been cleared for takeoff for Season 2 — though from a new launch pad.
The CW will take over as the new home for the superhero drama, which in October debuted on CBS to 13 million total viewers and a 3.1 demo rating, tying NBC’sBlindspot as the 2015-16 TV season’s top-rated drama launch.
And speaking of new homes, TVLine can confirm that Supergirl will move production to Vancouver, after setting up shop in Los Angeles for its maiden voyage. At this very early stage, sources say there is nothing to report yet, either way, on Calista Flockhart‘s participation in the relocation away from L.A.
Starring Glee grad Melissa Benoist in the title role, Supergirl averaged 7.7 million viewers and a 1.7 rating, numbers which with Live+7 DVR playback swell to 10 mil/2.5. Its freshman finale last month did 6.1 mil and a 1.3 in Live+Same Day numbers.
One of Supergirl‘s most popular outings featured a crossover from the star of The CW’s The Flash, Grant Gustin, which boosted the CBS series to a 7-week high in the demo.