Nigel Lythgoe Aims to Light Up the Sky Like a Flame With Fame TV Reboot

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So You Think You Can Dance’s Nigel Lythgoe knows fame costs, and he’s ready to start paying… in sweat.

Lythgoe — who in addition to judging and exec-producing SYTYCD is also EP of American Idol and Opening Act – has partnered with MGM Television to “re-imagine” Famethe story of a New York City performing arts high school – a concept made famous in the 1980 movie and the hit TV series it inspired.

The original movie followed students and teachers at NY’s High School for the Performing Arts and had an eclectic cast that included Irene Cara, Anne Meara and Debbie Allen. Allen and other actors from the film also had roles in the series, which ran from 1982-87 and starred Nia Peeples, Janet Jackson and Michael Cerveris (Fringe‘s September!), among others.

Despite the franchise’s popularity, a 2009 big-screen update led by Bebe Neuwirth, Kelsey Grammer and Megan Mullally – in which Allen appeared, though not in her original role of Lydia — was more of a crash landing than a graceful jeté.

No word yet on casting or when production on the scripted show’s pilot will start. So for now, you’ll just have to remember (remember! remember! remember!) the awesome original series, which paved the way for shows such as Glee and Breaking Pointe.

Comments (15)

  • Allen’s been involved with every iteration of Fame since the original, and I hope that will continue.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – August 28, 2012 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i enjoyed the new movie
    & now i gotta go find the updated theme

    Comment by Michael Lee Kirk – August 28, 2012 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I enjoyed the rebooted movie. I think it suffered from needing to be longer. Too much emphasis on the early grades, and very little for the characters as they hit senior year. Maybe being on television; it will be able to treat it better. The original show was able to show all aspects of what they were studying. Even dambling in the academic part of the school. With Ms Sherwood’s English class. It will be interesting to see the focus on the new series. With dancing and singing such a part of the fixture of fame. Will they focus on the acting/drama. And just think, Mr. Sherosky would hate what music became in the 90s and 2000′s. While Bruno would have celebrating it. It could create a interesting show. I would love Debbie Allen to be part of it, in some way!

      Comment by Stacey – August 28, 2012 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This could either go really, really well…or really, really bad. No Middle ground.

    Comment by George – August 28, 2012 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is it a reality show or normal show? With Glee on Fox, is this show needed?

    Comment by Mark – August 28, 2012 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There was already a reality version of Fame

      Comment by Michael Sacal – August 28, 2012 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It will be a scripted television show. Not a reality show. But unlike Glee, it focuses on all the arts. Singing, dancing, acting. I think there is a place for it. I was wondering if they would ever try to reboot the show. It would be a different atmosphere in 2012/2013 than the 80′s when it was last out. Now celebrity and fame is so different.

      Comment by Stacey – August 28, 2012 02:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It might wind up being a little close to Glee, but the fame incarnations have tended to be quite a bit darker than Glee usually gets. So this will probably be more drama than comedy, that’ll change it up

        Comment by Gilda – August 29, 2012 12:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just pleeeassee tell me there will be lots of SYTYCD alum appearances

    Comment by DreamRose311 – August 28, 2012 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly what i was thinking, I wanna see lots of alum at least just during the dancing of no roles

      Comment by Juan – August 28, 2012 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have a feeling this will end up being like a TV version of Step Up. Great dancing with a bunch of SYTYCD alums, but also with terrible writing and pain-inducingly bad acting.

    Comment by Marin Kuharić (@Prkan_708) – August 28, 2012 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seems like the perfect way to cancel Glee after this year.

    Comment by Amanda – August 28, 2012 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow.. this is something we do NOT need. This is in every other “dance” movie.. Glee.. Smash.. I mean seriously this theme is insanely overplayed. Dude is stretching himself too thin with all these projects.

    Comment by Danielle H – August 28, 2012 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They already did this in the 90′s, it was called Fame:LA it aired in syndication and was terrible.

    Comment by matthew c – August 28, 2012 08:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s basically Step Up 1

    Comment by Shaun – August 28, 2012 11:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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