This was posted on Monday, June 19, 2017 by Rodney Hoemail@example.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Viewers already have long-form scripted dramas on Hulu, Amazon Prime and Netflix without ever having to buy a cable subscription. Now rather late to the game is YouTube Red, the paid subscription service for YouTube, which is now shooting “Step Up: Highwater” in Atlanta.
Atlanta’s own Ne-Yo is one of the leads, along with Naya Rivera (“Glee”) and Faizon Love (“Couples Retreat”). The series will focus on the world of Atlanta hip-hop and dance. Executive producers include Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Adam Shankman. Many of the dancers will come from YouTube itself including Jade Chynoweth, Lauryn McClain, Petrice Jones, Marcus Mitchell, Carlito Olivero, Terrence Green, Eric Graise and R. Marcos Taylor.
The original “Step Up” film was a surprise hit in 2006 starring the two Tatums, bringing in $114 million on a $12 million budget. This led to four sequels.
Getting into this type of scripted world is not cheap. WGN recently called it quits on scripted, unwilling to spend the $5 million per episode necessary for its prestige drama “Underground,” shot in Savannah. A&E also dropped scripted programming recently, its final effort being “Bates Motel.”