NBC to air new 'World Moves' Randy Jackson reality series this fall
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 05/15/2007
Apparently Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul aren't the only American Idol judges branching out with additional reality projects of their own.
NBC has announced that it will air World Moves, a new reality competition series executive produced by Idol judge Randy Jackson that will pit dance teams from around the world against one another for the opportunity to land an international touring contract, as part its 2007-2008 primetime programming schedule.
While Jackson, a music producer and former Journey band member, obviously knows a thing or two about music, how adept he is he at finding dancers with the right moves or producing television shows remains to be seen -- so he's teamed with the creators of the World Hip Hop Championship to produce World Moves.
Although it won't be part of the network's initial fall primetime schedule, NBC says World Moves -- which basically sounds like Jackson decided to take Idol's recently announced idea for a group version of American Idol and apply it to So You Think You Can Dance, the Idol-like "search for America's best dancer" reality series that Idol's producersalso produce for Fox -- will air "later in the fall."
According to NBC, World Moves will follow "thousands of dance teams" consisting of five to seven members from around the globe. As they audition and are judged on athleticism, creativity and innovative choreography, a yet-to-be-revealed number of them will receive the chance to go to Los Angeles, CA for the finals. Once there, the teams will compete each week in live performance episodes with viewers from around the world voting for their favorites via text messaging, the Internet or by phone. One team will be eliminated each week, and the one left standing at the end will be crowned global champion and receive an international touring contract.
World Moves is being produced by Warner Horizon Television. Jackson, Rob Lee, Howard Schwartz, Karen Schwartz, and Harriet Sternberg will serve as the show's executive producers.
In addition to World Moves, NBC has also announced that several other new and returning reality series will air as part of the broadcast network's 2007-2008 primetime programming schedule, including a fourth edition of The Biggest Loser and The Singing Bee, another new reality competition series that will see how well contestants can accurately sign lyrics to popular songs in a karaoke-style showdown.
Noticeably absent from the 2007-2008 primetime programming schedule NBC has released is a seventh edition of Donald Trump's The Apprentice reality series, however according to the network, that doesn't mean it has decided to cancel the series.