Fox has got that boogie fever — and it may be going around.
Net is working with “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller and “American Bandstand” legend Dick Clark to produce a dance-focused primetime reality competish. “Dance Nation” (working title) is said to be geared toward crowning one person the best dancer in the country, though it’s possible a couple could win the competish.
Details on the format are sketchy, but it’s expected individual or partnered dancers would square off in a live show each week. Style of dance would change each week as well, with contestants — all amateurs — perhaps required to learn a new style in little time.
While Clark is recovering from a stroke, his self-titled production shingle, which is part of the Mandalay Mosaic Media Group, remains active. Fuller will exec produce via his 19 Entertainment shingle.
News of “Dance Nation” comes as Blighty pubcaster BBC1 is enjoying massive success with its own dance format, “Strictly Come Dancing,” in which celebrities are paired with professional dancers and then pitted against other teams. Skein has been a huge hit, with its finale last month attracting aud shares in the mid-30s and beating another music phenom in the U.K., Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor.”
Industry insiders said ABC may already have locked up the U.S. format rights to “Strictly Come Dancing,” a version of which first aired in Blighty in 1950. Alphabet declined comment late last week.
As for “Dance Nation,” Fuller and Clark last May announced plans to revive “American Bandstand” in primetime with a new host and a segment in which viewers at home would have a chance to determine the best dancers on the skein. It’s unclear if “Dance Nation” is connected to that announcement or represents an evolution of the original plans.
Aside from segments on CBS’ recent version of “Star Search,” the most recent attempt to bring back dance competish was ABC Family’s revival of “Dance Fever” a couple of years ago. Original version of “Dance Fever” was a syndie hit back in the 1970s, an era in which the “Solid Gold” dancers also ruled.
A Fox spokesman declined comment.