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Upfronts ’13: GSN developing “Dance Rivals,” “It Takes a Church”

U.S. net GSN has unveiled six series in development as part of its Upfront presentation in New York, including a show about competitive dance studios in Utah, and a Church-based dating series.
April 10, 2013

U.S. net GSN has unveiled six series in development as part of its Upfront presentation in New York, including a show about competitive dance studios in Utah, and a Church-based dating series.

Dance Rivals, which is being developed by H2R Entertainment, is set in Orem, Utah, an 84,000 population town where an estimated one in 40 is a dancer.

The show focuses on the rivalry of two of the most elite dance studios, each owned by “a fiercely competitive and hard-driving dance instructor,” according to the network. The show’s exec producers are Derek Hough, Christian Horner, Adam Rosenblatt and Jamie Rosenblatt.

Meanwhile, one‐hour series It Takes a Church is being developed for GSN by Sean Kelly. The show sees the congregation of a church going on a mission to find love for one of its single parishioners.

“The congregation, Pastor, friends, and family will all contribute, but in the end our single will decide which suitor she is putting her faith in,” the network said. “The parishioner who brought the chosen suitor will win money for both themselves and their charity.”

Of the other shows in development, Never Nominated Productions’ Mind of a Man sees two female contestants trying to figure out what men really think about “dating, marriage, working and all manner of manly pursuits,” while Matt Westmore Media’s Where Have You Been All My Life is a dating show that allows singles “to watch a set of potential soul mates grow up before their very eyes.”

Also on the slate is a series called The Imposter, from Leopard Films USA and unrelated to the Raw TV feature documentary of the same name.

The series sees a contestant moving into a family’s home for 48 hours, the twist being that one of the family members is a fake. The contestant must correctly guess which family member is the imposter – if they are correct, they win US$25,000, whereas if they are incorrect, the family wins the cash. Hayma Washington is the exec producer.

Finally, the net is developing You Don’t Know What You’re Missing, a family game show that tests unsuspecting families on what they truly value. It is being developed by Travail D’Amour, with Caroline Rhea serving as exec producer.

In addition to the development slate, GSN has greenlit Minute to Win It, a new version of the classic game show, to be hosted by speed skating champion Apolo Anton Ohno and produced by Shine America; and The Chase (8 x 60-minutes), a quick-fire quiz game show from ITV Studios America.

GSN’s current series include The American Bible Challenge, Family Trade, The Newlywed Game and Family Feud.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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