Cabler greenlights new series produced by Lythgoes
Nigel Lythgoe is hoofing it again, and this time his dance partner is cable network Ovation.Hourlong “A Chance to Dance,” set to premiere Aug. 17, will run for seven weeks. The show will follow U.K. “Ballet Boyz” and former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt as they seek to create their own ballet company in the States. Nunn and Trevitt will travel to three cities — Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City — and train 24 dancers before ultimately narrowing the company down to 12. Lythgoe will exec produce with his son Simon, who said of Nunn and Trevitt: “They’ve known each other forever and have a great rapport with each other. When I met them a couple of years ago, they had been around the world but haven’t really experienced America, so this will also be a fish-out-of-water story.” Nigel and Simon Lythgoe have worked together before as producers, previously on the country-themed reality skein “CMT’s Next Superstar.” Ovation, which recently crossed the 50 million mark in home distribution, is looking to ramp up its original programming and sees “A Chance to Dance” as a way to help brand the network. “To us, it speaks to the underlying importance of art and all its forms,” Kris Slava, senior VP of programing, told Variety. And on working with the Lythgoes — Simon will be more hands-on as Nigel deals with the weekly grind of “American Idol” — Slava added: “These guys know what they’re doing, and they’re also easy to work with, but they have very real, direct and strong opinions when they need to.” Production on the series, produced by Nigel Lythgoe Prods and Legacy Prods., is set to begin later this month.
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