NBC plans Superstar Dancers of the World, Mark Burnett following Sacramento Kings

NBC has ordered a new competition series from American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller. Superstar Dancers of the World will air early next year and “pit the masters of various dance genres from eight countries against each other,” according to the network, which doesn’t hesitate to layer on the hyperbole and say that the show “is poised to become one the greatest spectacles of dance performance ever seen on television.”

Eight teams–from Argentina, Australia, China, India, Ireland, Russia, South Africa, and the U.S.–that each have “two soloists, one duo and one larger group” will compete in different dance styles. Lythgoe said in the press release, “This is the most challenging and exhilarating project I’ve ever done. Nothing of this magnitude has ever been attempted before on television. We will bring to America different cultural styles of dancers — each performer the best in their genre — and the sheer mosaic of styles and energy is going to be nothing short of awe-inspiring.”

Meanwhile, Mark Burnett will produce Rebuilding the Kingdom, a series that does not yet have a network but will follow the Maloof’s Sacramento Kings “as it undergoes an overhaul to regain some winning traction. The production will follow the players and coaches, and the unique challenges in running an NBA team,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Burnett told the paper that the show “will be a unique experience for the television viewer. We are committed to creating fun and innovative programming and with the Maloofs allowing this type of access to their organization, this is a great fit.”

NBC Unveils ‘Superstar Dancers of the World’ [NBC press release]
Mark Burnett, Maloof to follow Kings [Hollywood Reporter]

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