Fame Reboot Picked Up at Lifetime From Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe

Head up to the attic and pull your leg warmers out of storage, because Fame is coming back to TV.

Lifetime has picked up a reboot of the ’80s series — which has been in the works since 2012 — with So You Think You Can Dance‘s Nigel Lythgoe attached to executive-produce.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the revival — much like the original 1980 film and follow-up NBC series — will revolve around a group of adults struggling to balance the pressures of life at a performing arts college with their personal lives.

Josh Safran (Smash, Gossip Girl) will write the script and executive-produce alongside Lythgoe, Chad Gutstein and Charles Segars. MGM Television will produce in conjunction with A+E Studios.

Fame originally ran from 1982 to 1987 and starred Debbie Allen and Carlo Imperato. Most recently, an updated version of the film was released in 2009, starring Kelsey Grammer and Bebe Neuwirth.

Would you watch a Fame revival? Get nostalgic with the series’ original opening credits below, then hit the comments with your thoughts on the news!

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17 Comments
    • PL says:

      Nice. But how about a Glee The Next Generation instead!

      • Interesting. It be cool if this Fame revival filled the hole left by Glee. I’d like to see another show that does new songs and covers of old ones.

      • Shazay says:

        So wait, this is about a group of adults working at the school and balancing life and work? I feel like the movie (original and remake) and 80s tv show (as well as Fame LA) were about the students…who wanted fame. This is like a whole different spin.

  1. Charissa29 says:

    Josh Safran is involved so I won’t watch! Good luck to the characters!

  2. matty says:

    I would be much happier about this if Debbie Allen were involved somehow creatively. I don’t place much faith in Nigel Lythgoe.

  3. Ethel says:

    Wonder if we will see any of the original cast members

  4. Steven says:

    If done well this could be my next obsession!

  5. Tim says:

    Well not to nitpick or anything but neither the original film, the subsequent tv series or the recent remake focused on “a group of adults struggling to balance the pressures of life at a performing arts college with their personal lives.” They all were based around high school kids not college age adults.

    • Hundley Fan says:

      Agreed. Having said that, not to nitpick or anything, but “neither” is always paired with “nor,” not “or.” The easy way to remember the rule is either/or, neither/nor.

  6. Mick says:

    I would be happier if they had Debbie directing, producing, or choreographing since she played such a part of the success of the original show.

  7. JAO says:

    I am in! Love to see an update.

  8. LadyG says:

    I probably wouldn’t watch anything Nigel Lythgoe is attached to.

  9. Reblogged this on Reading Other People and commented:
    Yes!!! I’ve been jonesing lately for a Hot Lunch modernization.

  10. JenInChicago says:

    Ick