So, the 2008 Prime Time Emmy Awards are coming in September.
If you don’t know what the Emmy Awards are, it’s an annual awards show that “celebrates excellence in national prime time programming.” Quality television shows receive a nomination, that is voted on by the Academy. Kinda like the Oscars.
FYI: Canada’s similar broadcast is the Gemini Awards (for which yours truly was nominated for a 2007 Gemini award on the show Toronto Dances- frickin’ sweeeet!)
Anyway, did you know that Dancing With The Stars received 8 Emmy nominations? I think it’s pretty sweet the show received so many nominations, considering dance shows have only recently taken a mainstream interest on national television. Plus, it’s a reality show- so that tells us people are actually WATCHING!
Here’s my Emmy nomination formulae:
I think we need MORE dance shows on television.
Wait, let me rephrase that: I think we need more QUALITY dance shows on television. Sure, reality shows are fun, but wouldn’t it be great if producers started supporting non-reality shows? Here’s two ideas:
- What if I wrote a show where Cirque Du Soleil had an interactive, educational dance series for kids? The Cirque characters live in a colourful kindgom. They do a new dance step throughout the half hour program every week, and the kids viewing have to learn that step to free a new character from the evil AcroBAT every Saturday morning… like a monkey? Or a magical princess? Girls like princesses! 😉
- Or what about a sitcom where the main characters were untrained Broadway chorus dancers? The characters (who are French tourists) fake their way through a broadway audition- and they get hired! The choreographer loves their “energy” and is convinced he worked with them years ago in Europe. The wacky experiences they encounter sometimes lead them to getting a starring role, but because of some funny circumstance they end up back to chorus?
Those are just my crazy thoughts. But I’m sure if the producers of So You Think You Could Dance (which only received 3 Emmy Nominations for choreography), Project Runway and Dancing With The Stars teamed up with the writers of say, Grey’s Anatomy, 24, Mad Men and Boston Legal (gotta love Shatner)…
…We’d have one kick @ss dance based television show with substance.
Hmmm. Maybe writing an Emmy nod worthy tv show will be MY next project! Anyone have other ideas for a dance television show?
– Shawn B
PS: Don’t steal my ideas… or I’ll hurt you. 😉 No, seriously.