The series gives dancers the platform to showcase their talents and compete for a $1 million grand prize. It features a judging team composed of Jennifer Lopez, who also serves as an executive producer, Derek Hough, NE-YO and host Jenna Dewan Tatum.
“I am so proud to not only star, but produce a show that is so close to my heart,” Lopez said. “I am so happy that ‘World of Dance’ has resonated with audiences and we are able to put dancers on the pedestal they deserve. I cannot wait to continue this journey and my partnership with NBC.”
The show is currently averaging a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 11 million viewers overall in Live+7, according to Nielsen data. It is the number one new series of the summer in both key ratings measures, as well as the summer’s number entertainment series in both measures, behind only fellow NBC series “America’s Got Talent.”
“We are thrilled that the unrivaled athleticism and authenticity that inspired us to create ‘World of Dance’ has been embraced by both the dance community and our viewers,” said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio. “The amazing dancers competing this season have proven to not only entertain us but elevate our expectations and expand our imagination. The bar has been set extremely high for season two. The competition will be fierce and we will all witness greatness.”
Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and Benny Medina executive produce for Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions. Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, Alex Katz, David Gonzalez, Matthew Everitt and Al Hassas also executive produce. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Nuyorican Productions and World of Dance.
“World of Dance” host and mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum sits with Access Hollywood Live’s Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover and shares if her daughter, Everly, has shown an interest in dance. Plus, she reveals if she and husband Channing Tatum are competitive with each other! “World of Dance” premieres on May 30 at 10/9c on NBC.
Jenna Dewan Tatum doesn’t beat around the bush, do mom guilt (anymore), or understand why women put their own needs last. Talking to her is like getting the best sort of pep talk — kind, smart, and no BS.
REDBOOK – Jenna Dewan Tatum prefers a warm hug over a swift introductory handshake, and leans in close to chat like she’s an old confidant. But don’t mistake all that niceness for compliance. “I always say that I have a fairy side and an edgy side,” she tells me over a late-afternoon lunch in Los Angeles. Drawing on a mix of girliness and grit has worked for the 36-year-old actress, who left college to be a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and then pirouetted onto the big screen alongside Channing Tatum in 2006’s Step Up. The film ignited a real-life romance between the two, who married in 2009 and now have a 3-year-old daughter, Everly.
Jenna’s since had splashy supporting roles on hit TV shows like American Horror Story and Supergirl, but has lately turned her focus to projects that allow her more control. Before signing on to host the new NBC competition series World of Dance, she says, “I told them, ‘If you want Ryan Seacrest, hire Ryan Seacrest.’ I love working with dancers. If there’s a way to incorporate that, then I’m excited.” She got her way, and when the show premieres this month, she’ll mentor contestants, or as she says, be their “mama bear and backstage cheerleader.” With Channing, she’s producing a web series based on Step Up — but their most important shared project hits even closer to home: “”We want our daughter to grow up confident and believing that she can go after whatever she wants.” So it’s no shocker that Jenna has great pointers on embracing independence, raising strong girls, and tapping your inner power at any age.
On finding time to connect with her husband, Channing Tatum:
“We are not sex schedulers – not yet! Give us a couple more years. Maybe with child number two. There’s a beauty in being two busy people because we get a lot of time to miss each other. To continue to miss someone after so many years is kind of a blessing in disguise.”
On her biggest relationship challenge:
“Communication. You change when you’re together from 25 to 35. I think maybe in my early 20s, I might have tiptoed around issues or didn’t want to make too many waves. Now it’s like, “This is how I’m feeling.” You have to be okay with the other person becoming defensive, to let them be emotional and accept that it won’t be okay for a while.”
On keeping her relationship exciting:
“I think all women should keep it exciting for themselves. People always ask, “Do you do anything to keep it fresh for your man?” I hate that question. I’m like, “No. Why is it for your man? I do things to keep it fresh for myself. The lingerie I buy is not for him necessarily. It’s for us and for myself. If you feel sexy, then it’s good for you.”
On being a feminist — and having a feminist husband:
“We should want equality for men and women. Men should want that too. Chan is for women’s rights and so am I. Women should have the right to be the best they can be and make their own choices for themselves. Our daughter is young, but I think as she gets older, she’s going to be all about the standard for women we keep at home — she’s going to be strong.”
For more from Jenna, pick up the May issue of Redbook on newsstands April 18.
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 StepUp (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.”
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