THE BIG LEAP
- By PAIGE PETRONE
- Photo Courtesy of FOX
Fox’s new series The Big Leap is a scripted show about a dancing reality show. It’s basically a parody of the dancing and singing competitions that are all the rage. Think American Idol and America’s Got Talent… but scripted, and it has the cast breaking into dance numbers like Fox’s other musically driven fan favorite, Glee.
The pilot introduces the players. The show is centered around auditioning wanna-be dancers that will be cast in something great or big, hence the title! The winners will then be included in the new dance company which will produce a “big” show. (Like a dance recital.) Each player has a sad story or a down on their luck theme, making it sort of emotional, yet told with loads of humor. I laughed out loud several times. I think The Big Leap really means that these contestants are making a big leap out of their humdrum lives and comfort zones, going for their real dreams (of dancing) for true bliss.
Created by Liz Heldens, The Big Leap boasts a diverse cast led by the standout Scott Foley (Felicity, Dawson’s Creek). As the high maintenance, over-the-top producer of the show, I’ve never seen him so hilarious. Joining Foley are Piper Perabo, Teri Polo, Mallory Jansen, Raymond Alexander, Jon Rudnitsky, Anna Grace Barlow, Ser’Darius Blain, Kevin Daniels, and newcomer Simone Recasner. The pilot was directed by Jason Winer.
“The Big Leap” premieres September 20th on Fox.