Tony Nominee Debbie Allen Developing Drama, Based on "Fame," for CW Network
22 Aug 2013
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The CW has picked up a script for an untitled drama based on the TV show "Fame" from executive producers Sam Haskell and original "Fame" star Debbie Allen, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Allen starred on the TV show "Fame," which aired from 1982-87. The series, which was based on the 1980 motion picture of the same name, was set in a high school for performing arts in New York and chronicled the personal and professional lives and struggles of its students.
Allen, who was also featured in the film, played dance instructor Lydia Grant and also became the show's original choreographer; she directed several episodes and co-produced one season. In 2003 Allen hosted an NBC reality series featuring 24 singer-dancers competing for a recording contract that was based on an Italian format. She also appeared in the 2009 remake of the film.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.