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

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.

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

  2. i enjoyed the new movie
    & now i gotta go find the updated theme

    • Stacey says:

      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!

  3. George says:

    This could either go really, really well…or really, really bad. No Middle ground.

  4. Mark says:

    Is it a reality show or normal show? With Glee on Fox, is this show needed?

  5. DreamRose311 says:

    Just pleeeassee tell me there will be lots of SYTYCD alum appearances

  6. 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.

  7. Amanda says:

    Seems like the perfect way to cancel Glee after this year.

  8. Danielle H says:

    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.

  9. matthew c says:

    They already did this in the 90’s, it was called Fame:LA it aired in syndication and was terrible.

  10. Shaun says:

    It’s basically Step Up 1