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‘Step Up’ TV Show Produced by Channing Tatum Headed to YouTube

Dance-themed drama one of eight new and returning original series

A “Step Up” TV series executive produced by Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and the film’s producers Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton is heading to YouTube’s paid subscription service.

The new series is one of eight announced by YouTube’s content chief Susanne Daniels at VidCon on Thursday.

The shows will air on YouTube Red, which costs $10 per month.

The “Step-Up” series — slated for 2017 — will be a departure from the others since it doesn’t have pre-established YouTube stars. However, Daniels expects YouTube personalities to be cast in the show.

The show will focus on dancers enrolled in a contemporary performing arts school, the same premise as the original feature film starring Tatum and Dewan in 2006.

“This is the best place to put ‘Step Up’ of all the places I’ve been recently — from a brand perspective and from an audience potential perspective,” Daniels said.

Other series include the renewal of “Scare PewdiePie,” featuring the most popular YouTuber Felix Kjellberg; “Foursome,” starring Jenn McAllister; an educational show focused on the science of human creation from Vsauce’s Michael Stevens; an animated series about the undead starring Evan Fong (VanossGaming), Adam Montoya (SeaNanners) and Scott Robinson (Mr. Sark); and a scripted comedy starring YouTubers Rhett & Link, comedians Leslie Bibb and Page Kennedy and “Saturday Night Live” alums Molly Shannon and Chris Parnell.

YouTube Red — which launched last October — is also planning on producing another movie featuring Smosh duo Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox. The platform will also air Morgan Spurlock‘s documentary “Vlogumentary,” which follows the lives of early YouTube vloggers.

Daniels — who comes from WB and MTV — said she believes the Red platform will be able to appeal to YouTube’s diverse audience.

“I think the platform could support a wide variety of shows,” she said. “It could support a big millennial appeal drama as much as it could support a talk show.”

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