NBC announced its summer original programming plans, which includes “World of Dance, the first summer series to premiere, debuting May 8.
The 10-episode series is produced in partnership with World of Dance, which organizes what is billed as the world’s largest international urban dance competition with events in more than 25 nations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
Judge and producer Jennifer Lopez described “World of Dance,” as “a fierce talent-heavy dance competition that embraces the raw emotion and excitement that dance represents.”
The other judges are former “Dancing with the Stars” dancer Derek Hough and the rhythm and blues singer-songwriter Ne-Yo. Actress and dancer
Jenna Dewan Tatum will be the host and mentor.
The contestants were chosen from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions. They are divided into three divisions — Junior (any size act, 17 years old and under), Upper (groups of one to four, 18 and older) and Team (groups of five or more, 18 and older).
The judges score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance based on performance, technique, choreography, creativity and presentation.
The competition consists of five rounds: qualifiers, duels, the cut, divisional final and the world final. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division.
In the world final the winner from each division will compete against each other for the $1 million grand prize.
The other new alternative series is “Little Big Shots: Forever Young,” a senior citizens version of its hit unscripted comedy/variety series
“Little Big Shots,” where host Steve Harvey will showcase undiscovered rare talents and hysterical encounters with musicians, singers, dancers and other artists.
Harvey will also be an executive producer as will talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” will premiere June 21.
The first new scripted series is “Midnight, Texas,” a thriller debuting July 25 based on the best-selling book series by Charlaine Harris, author of the novels that inspired “True Blood.”
“Midnight, Texas” stars Francois Arnaud as a charming, powerful psychic who can communicate with spirits and finds safety in Midnight, surrounding himself with both human and supernatural allies.
The cast also includes Dylan Bruce as the proprietor of Midnight’s pawn
shop; Parisa Fitz-Henley as a witch who owns the local wiccan shop; Arielle
Kebbel as a mysterious assassin with a weapon for every occasion; Jason Lewis
as an angel who knows all of Midnight’s secrets having been around for
millennia; Peter Mensah as a wise vampire with a long history in Midnight;
Sarah Ramos as an aspiring writer with big dreams; and Yul Vazquez as a
minister who can’t resist the pull of a full moon.
The new comedy is “Marlon,” loosely inspired by the real life of star
Marlon Wayans. Wayans portrays a father committed to co-parenting his two
children with his ex-wife. “Marlon” will premiere Aug. 16.
NBC’s original summer programming also includes a four-episode order of
“Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update,“ beginning Aug. 10, featuring “Weekend
Update” anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che. Additional “Saturday Night Live”
cast members will also make appearances. The returning alternative series
are “America’s Got Talent,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “The Wall,”
“Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” and “Hollywood Game Night.”
The returning scripted series are the comedy “The Carmichael Show” and the hospital drama “The Night Shift.”
Steven Herbert for City News Service
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