The American television network, The CW, is planning a ‘Fame-style’ drama. The news comes a year after it had been reported MGM were to team up with former dancer-turned-TV mogul Nigel Lythgoe to remake 1980s drama school series Fame following the success of similar series, Glee and the High School Musical movies.
While the MGM reboot seems to so far have come to nothing The CW is working with Debbie Allen to develop a drama based around a performing arts school. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the new series will be set in Los Angeles.
Fame, set in a New York drama school, was initially a big screen movie before transferring to NBC television two years later where it aired from 1982 through to 1987.
Fame was remade as a big screen movie in 2009, but proved to be an unsuccessful reboot cashing in on the popularity of recent Fame-style films such as High School Musical. ITV also tried to cash-in on the success of the HSM franchise with their poorly received Britannia High in 2008.
Fox however have had more success with the all singing, all dancing Glee which is set in a regular school – but focuses on the ‘glee club’ performance group.