Executive producer and showrunner Conrad Green will leave Dancing with the Stars at the end of this season to produce Fox’s Utopia. He’s been with the ABC show since its first season.
Green told Deadline–in a very press release-y statement–that the show he created at ABC “has thrived and become a cultural phenomenon. But after almost 10 years, the opportunity to take on a project with the immense potential of Utopia was simply too good to pass up. The ambition and scale of the challenge is thrilling. I’ll miss everyone I’ve worked with on Dancing With the Stars and look forward to this next exciting chapter.”
Of course, as Deadline notes, “the ratings for Dancing have come down and, starting last fall, the show went from two to one episode a week.” While it’s not exactly the Titanic he’s leaping from, it’s certainly no longer the cultural phenomenon it once was.
Utopia is a year-long show with elements of Big Brother and Survivor that’s being adapted from the popular Netherlands series. Green will produce along with Jon Kroll, who previously worked on Big Brother, The Amazing Race, and other shows, such as Amish in the City, which he created.