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Kathy Griffin's 'Let's Dance' May Air at Midseason

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 11th 2009 1:15PM
Kathy Griffin Let's DanceABC may tango with 'Let's Dance' after all.

Just days after the announcement of its premature demise, word is trickling out that the show could join the network's midseason lineup.

Kathy Griffin was set to host the dance competition, which planned to feature comedic performances by stars of some of the most iconic dances of all time. That meant we'd almost inevitably see someone tackle Michael Jackson's Motown 25th Anniversary performance of the moonwalk, as well as plenty of other classic video and movie performances ('Dirty Dancing,' anyone?)Kathy Griffin Let's DanceABC may tango with 'Let's Dance' after all.

Just days after the announcement of its premature demise, word is trickling out that the show could join the network's midseason lineup.

Kathy Griffin was set to host the dance competition, which planned to feature comedic performances by stars of some of the most iconic dances of all time. That meant we'd almost inevitably see someone tackle Michael Jackson's Motown 25th Anniversary performance of the moonwalk, as well as plenty of other classic video and movie performances ('Dirty Dancing,' anyone?)

The original plan was to premiere the series on November 23, just after the season finale of 'Dancing With the Stars.' That way, they've already got an audience sitting there who's interested in watching people dance their asses off -- wait, that's a different show.

Now, it might come down to wherever there's a hole in ABC's schedule. If they did want to go for a 90-minute episode, we wouldn't mind them canceling 'Hank.' They could then shift the Wednesday comedy lineup up a half-hour and put 'Let's Dance' where 'Eastwick' is currently scheduled. As 'Eastwick' is already canceled, there's no real reason for it to still hold a key spot in the lineup.

Of course, by the time 'Let's Dance' is ready to air, 'V' will be gone, and the entire ABC lineup may be in flux. You know how the networks like to tinker with their schedules when 'American Idol' and '24' are looming on the January horizon. And with FOX claiming the first place crown even before those shows premiere this season, the other networks really need to scramble to stay competitive.

We're not sure 'Let's Dance' necessarily has the competitive edge that ABC needs, but the five-week series could work well as a bridge between seasons of 'Dancing With the Stars' -- that is, if they can get it started soon enough.

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