Even in the movies, dance scenes no longer are carefree and spontaneous, as in “Sixteen Candles.” Today, if a main film star breaks into dance, the entire room of perfect strangers amazingly joins in step-by-step in a well-organized, complex choreographed scene.
The Tatums will have a high bar in trying to reinvent dance competition shows. It won’t be easy.
Fortunately, the two stars bring a unique perspective as former professional dancers who’ve dwelled in both Hollywood and the dancing world. Dewan began her career as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and continued dancing with pop stars Pink, Missy Elliott and Christina Aguilera.
Channing brought his former strip dancing experience to the big screen in the film “Magic Mike.” The couple first met on the set of the 2006 dance movie “Step Up.”
Can their youthful star power bring back younger audiences? Do they have a format or formula that will make it new and interesting again?
Viewers will likely give it a few looks because of Dewan’s portrayal of Lucy Lane on the popular primetime show “Supergirl,” and because Channing Tatum might show up.
But for the show to last beyond the episodes the Tatums are working on now, it will have to find a way to bring back an audience that is learning to do without dance competition shows, perhaps forever.