FOX Network is developing a couples dancing competition from former The Voice executive producer Stijn Bakkers and American Idol producer FremantleMedia North America. Created/executive produced by Bakkers and Toby Gorman, EVP Alternative at FMNA.
The untitled show will focus on the lives of real-life couples who will participate each week in intensive dance training, rehearsals and live performances until one couple is crowned the winner. It sounds similar to Dancing with the Stars, but without pros and without stars. In fact, I suspect dance will be used as a plot device to highlight crying, arguing, reconciling, and general Lessons Learned by real life people.
That’s why I’m relieved that the show is not being developed as a replacement for So You Think You Can Dance. According to Deadline, the network has not decided whether to renew the show for a 13th season. The series hit record lows this summer, despite being nominated for several Emmy awards. Please FOX, if you’re going to develop a dance competition to replace SYTYCD, create one that’s actually centered on young and/or professional dancers. It would be sad to see SYTYCD go, but the network can’t bring back a show barely anyone is watching. The finale ratings were .08 with less than 3 million viewers.