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ABC Picks Up BBC Ballroom Dancing Show

Mar 23, 2005  •  Post A Comment

ABC announced Thursday it will air an American version of the BBC reality series “Strictly Come Dancing,” where eight celebrities paired with professional dancers train and compete in a live dance competition.

The six-episode series will feature a new title, new celebrity cast and new judges. The show will be produced in the United States for ABC by the in-house BBC Entertainment production team responsible for the British version.

“I am fully aware that this may sound like the craziest show anyone has ever heard of,” ABC’s Andrea Wong, executive VP of alternative programming, specials and late-night, said in a written statement. “But in a world where it’s easier for reality series to imitate than innovate, I just loved how fresh this format is. And the show’s global success just shows how audiences around the world find it to be surprising, and undeniably fun.”

No airdate has been set for the series.