Oh, for the love of Fred Astaire … make it stop.
ABC announces the start date for its newest “me too” show, “Let’s Dance,” a “comedic” dance show, with host Kathy Griffin.
So we’ve had shows about singing, shows about juggling and other weird “talents” (America’s Got Talent), shows about celebrities dancing and showing they’ve got talent, and shows about fat people dancing (oh, it’s real, “Dance Your Ass Off” on Oxygen. And it was just renewed)
And those shows get eyeballs (shame on you people, and you know who you are!) Next up, Celebrity Fishing! “Oh, that’s a beaut, there, Mr. Philben!”
So was it just a matter of time, that we got a show about “funny” celebrities dancing. What’ev. I’m tired of fighting it. That’s why they invented Hulu.com, so I can watch Dragnet reruns.
Here’s the news release from ABC (but what the hell are “stars from all walks of life?” Are we talking about my plumber?)
LET’S DANCE,” NEW COMEDIC DANCE SERIES FEATURING STARS COMPETING
FOR CHARITABLE GRAND PRIZES, PREMIERES MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23
Two-Time Emmy Winner Kathy Griffin Is Host
Two-time Emmy Award winner and NY Times best-selling author Kathy Griffin (“My Life on the D-List”) will host “Let’s Dance,” a new, comedic dance series from “American Idol” producers FremantleMedia North America that features stars competing for charity as they pay homage to some of the most famous movie, musical and pop video dance routines of all time. “Let’s Dance” will kick off its five-episode run with a live 90-minute premiere episode on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET) following the Season 9 finale broadcast of “Dancing with the Stars” on the ABC Television Network. Additional episodes will air on Monday, Nov. 30, Mon., Dec. 7 and Mon., Dec. 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) with the finale on Tues., Dec. 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).
The first three episodes of “Let’s Dance” will feature stars from all walks of life competing in single, group and duo performances as they train, rehearse and take to the stage to reveal their comedic dance routine in front of a studio audience. After each performance, a celebrity panel will give their comments before viewers across America have the chance to vote for their favorite performance. The celebrity panel and star participants will be announced shortly.
From each of the episodes, two performances will be chosen – one by the viewers and one by the celebrity panel. These two acts will then return again to dance in the finale and the chance to win the hearts of the viewing audience. In the spectacular finale results show, the one act with the most viewer votes will be crowned America’s favorite and be awarded the coveted grand prize for their personal charity.
Double Emmy winner, NY Times best-selling author, Grammy-nominee and 2009’s GLAAD Vanguard Award recipient Kathy Griffin is a multi-faceted performer with a rapid fire wit who has been making audiences laugh for years discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders.
After moving from her native Chicago and joining the famed Los Angeles Groundlings comedy improvisational troupe, Griffin began building her resume with guest starring roles on such series as “ER” and “Seinfeld” – where she created recurring character Sally Weaver. In 1996 her dream of playing a sidekick on a sitcom came true when she landed the role of Vickie Groener, Brook Shields’ acerbic colleague, on the NBC show “Suddenly Susan.” In 1998 HBO gave Griffin her own one-hour special, “A Hot Cup of Talk.”
In August 2005, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” debuted on Bravo to rave reviews. So far, the show has garnered two Emmy Awards and four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Reality Program.
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