Spare a thought for the cast and crew of Everybody Dance Now who faced the grim news yesterday that their show was over.
Most of the young dancers were yet to take to the floor in the talent contest and have been rehearsing for weeks. Some of them were children.
Others had qualified for a Final worth $250,000. Rehearsals for the next episode were due to take place today.
So what happens now?
A source told TV Tonight that those who had won money in heats would be honoured, but the $250,000 would no longer be on offer and would likely fall under a contract clause covering producers should the network pull the pin.
‘Dance Masters’ Kelly Rowland and Jason Derulo will no doubt have watertight contracts given Rowland was reportedly on $2.2m and Derulo above $1m. These are likely to be honoured.
Sadly, the crew are now out of work. Given it was less than 24 hours’ notice the standard is to pay a day’s wages. But in the often unforgiving world of showbiz it’s small comfort when they had expected weeks of work.
At just three episodes, Everybody Dance Now will join an inglorious list of failed Reality TV programmes on TEN: The Renovators (although its ratings above 700,000 suddenly seem like a hit now), The Hothouse, The Resort and Yasmin’s Getting Married.
When TEN pulled the pin on Fijian-filmed series The Resort in 2004, then-‘general manager of programming’ David Mott said, “We’re really disappointed to be wrapping the show earlier than planned, however in this competitive environment we had no alternative.”
The more things change the more they stay the same.