'Dance' merges with weight loss trend

Oxygen will usher in a new night of original programming by combining two successful reality themes: dieting and dancing.

Hourlong newcomer “Dance Your Ass Off” will air at 10 p.m. Mondays and launches with a 90-minute preem on June 29, with 10 episodes to follow. Oxygen had previously aired original programs only on Tuesdays, with “Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,” “Pretty Wicked” and “Bad Girls Club.”

Marissa Jaret Winokur will host.

Net is trying to cash in on the success of NBC’s reality hit “The Biggest Loser” and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” As on “Dancing,” contestants will be paired with a professional dance partner, and the two will perform a routine in front of a live audience and panel of judges — choreographers Danny Teeson and Mayte Garcia, and dancer-actress Lisa Ann Walter.

Following the routines, overweight competitors will head to the scale for a weigh-in. A combination of dancing scores and amount of weight loss will determine who gets sent home that week.

“Dance Your Ass Off” is exec produced by Walter, Sally Ann Salsano and Kate Rigg and produced by reality shingle 495 Prods.

At NBC Universal sister cabler Sci Fi, “Warehouse 13” will preem on July 7 with a two-hour pilot. Skein centers around a storage facility in South Dakota full of paranormal and supernatural artifacts, with Secret Service agents (Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly) searching for more.

“Warehouse 13,” produced by Universal Cable Prods. and exec produced by Jack Kenny and David Simkins, has a 13-episode order following the pilot.

In other Sci Fi news, “Eureka” — the most watched scripted series on Sci Fi in 2008 — begins the second half of its third season with 10 episodes on July 10. Series will air at 9 p.m. on Fridays.

Spinoff “Ghost Hunters International” and “Ghost Hunters” begin July 8 and Aug. 19, respectively.

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