Report: ABC cancels premiere of new 'Let's Dance' reality competition
By Christopher Rocchio, 11/11/2009
Even quasi-celebrities apparently draw the line at disrupting their holiday season for some additional publicity and media exposure.
ABC has canceled the November 23 premiere date of Let's Dance, a new comedic reality competition that would feature celebrities attempting to re-create memorable dance routines, Daily Varietyreported Monday.
The network had announced last week that it planned to premiere the five-episode series -- which would be hosted by Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List star Kathy Griffin -- immediately following Dancing with the Stars' ninth-season performance finale.
However sources told Variety that ABC had a hard time casting celebrities for the series due to the holiday season, causing the network to pull the plug on the project's premiere.
Find My Family, a six-episode reality series produced by RDF Media in which people are reunited with long-lost family members or loved ones, will now air in Let's Dance's previous Monday night timeslot, Variety report.
ABC ordered both Let's Dance and Find My Family in June. The series is based on Let's Dance for Comic Relief, a four-episode U.K. series that aired on the BBC earlier this year to raise money for the Comic Relief charity.