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.
NBC is ready to step up its dance game.
The network has handed out a six-episode series pickup to an untitled Jenna Dewan Tatum dance show, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Details about the format are being kept under wraps, but the hourlong project is described as a “fresh take” on the dance competition genre. Dewan Tatum will serve as a judge and mentor on the series, with husband and Step Up co-star Channing Tatum also set to appear onscreen. (Insiders stress that the latter will not be a judge as he is potentially expected to appear occasionally.)
The dance series hails from Endemol Shine North America, with Dewan Tatum and partner Meegan Kiernan set to executive produce via Purple Cup Productions. The series, in partnership with Free Association, is exec produced by Tatum, Peter Kiernan, Reid Carolin, Dewan Tatum and Meegan Kiernan.
Dewan Tatum started her career as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and has worked with artists including Pink, Missy Elliott and Christina Aguilera. Her dancing skills helped earn her the starring role in 2006 featureStep Up, opposite a then-unknown Channing Tatum. The couple married in 2009. Dewan Tatum has continued to focus on acting, with a part on Lifetime’s Witches of East End and her current recurring role as comic book character Lucy Lane on CBS freshman drama Supergirl. She is repped by UTA, Management and Bloom Hergott.
The untitled Dewan Tatum series puts NBC in the dance competition business. The news comes as ABC’sDancing With the Stars returned this week with its 22nd season, netting a series-premiere low. Fox, meanwhile, renewed ratings underperformer So You Think You Can Dance for a 13th season — but changed the format to feature all children in what it dubbed SYTYCD: The Next Generation.
On an unusually cool day in Los Angeles, we head to a downtown studio to meet up with Jenna Dewan Tatum, who greets us with a big hug and a hot cup of tea. She’s only just recovered from a bout with the flu, but she’s already back to normal and working hard: The 35-year-old currently stars as Lucy Lane on CBS’s Supergirl and is also the new face of the Reebok ZPrint sneaker, a collaboration she’s thrilled about.
“After becoming a mom—before I was a mom, to be honest—I just loved the idea of being comfortable, yet fashionable,” says Dewan Tatum, whose daughter, Everly, is nearly three years old. “These shoes are sleek, cool, and fun, and their initiative is really up my alley. I love being confident and strong, yet comfortable and approachable.” The adjectives that Dewan Tatum uses to describe the sneakers can easily be applied to the actress herself. She’s inviting, warm, and, well, a cool girl. When talking about life at home with husband Channing Tatum, she refers to him often as “Chan” and speaks openly about their daily routine and life. And she’s a mega star around the globe—but if Dewan Tatum realizes it, she doesn’t show it. Over the course of the next hour, we sat down exclusively with the actress to talk about her career, life in the spotlight, and what she wishes she could change about the entertainment industry.
Glamour: Which TV or movie role are you proudest of?
Jenna Dewan Tatum: All of the roles I’ve done sort of lead to the next. I like to think that I was thrown into acting from being a dancer, so every role I learn something. I feel the most fun I ever had was Witches of East End, and we became such good friends with everyone. That role was so my free-spirited self that I got to play everyday. I really liked doing that show. It was such a good, guilty pleasure, and it was the most fun I’ve had for sure. I think my most fulfilling role is still yet to come.
Glamour: It was so fun watching you on The Mindy Project.
Jenna: That was so fun! That was really, really fun. Mindy is really, really sweet.
Glamour: What role scared you the most?
Jenna: I’m always a little bit scared [of everything], but that’s a good feeling to have. The first day on set is always a little bit like having the butterflies and learning to get into the flow. American Horror Story—when I signed on to do that, I had no idea what I was doing. Some morning I got a script and some of the things I had to do were a little raunchy. I remember being like, “My dad is going to watch this. Cool. OK…” But we had so much fun, and we made it a really comfortable situation.