ABC drops Kathy Griffin-hosted Let’s Dance because it couldn’t find a good celebrity cast

The inevitable may have finally happened: We may have run out of quasi-celebrities willing to embarrass themselves on TV for a chance at revitalizing their careers.

Last Thursday, ABC officially announced the Kathy Griffin-hosted Let’s Dance, a five-episode series that “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,” and was going to debut Nov. 23 and air Mondays until Dec. 14, concluding on Dec. 15.

But then ABC pulled the series and replaced it with another reality show, Find My Family. The reason for the cancellation: “Producers couldn’t find a cast acceptable to ABC, industry insiders” told Joe Adalian, who reports that “[l]uring talent during the holidays turned out to be more of a hurdle than anyone expected.”

This is the network that regularly stretches the definition of “star” with its Dancing with the Stars, which features cast members who inspire viewers to say “who?” instead of “wow.” Is it just because of the holidays, or have we run into an inevitable shortage of B-, C-, and D-list talent?

“Let’s Dance,” New Comedic Dance Series … [ABC press release]
Exclusive: ABC Decides Not to ‘Dance’ [The Wrap]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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