On Thursday, May 28, it was announced that the dance TV series Step Up, based on the films, is moving to Starz for season 3 after YouTube canceled it back in August 2019.
The 10-episode new season will feature returning stars Ne-Yo, Naya Rivera, Petrice Jones, Faizon Love, Marcus Mitchell, Jade Chynoweth, Carlito Olivero, Terrence Green, Eric Graise, and Kendra Oyesanya. Also, Tricia Helfer will be joining Step Up as new character Erin for the series’ third season.
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“[Creator and executive producer] Holly [Sorensen] and her team have created a new and dynamic iteration of the series that captures the hallmarks that have made the Step Up franchise so successful and elevates the storytelling for the premium, global audience,” Starz President of Original Programming Christina Davis said in statement. “This, coupled with the worldwide appeal of the multi-talented, multicultural cast, will make this series a great addition to our slate.”
“The latest installment of Step Up not only reimagines the entire franchise but is filled with high energy, lots of heart and electrifying dance moves, and we’re very excited to reunite the talented cast and creative teams for another great season,” Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs said in a statement.
The television series, which was inspired by Step Up, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up: 3D, Step Up: Revolution, and Step Up: All In, follows Sage Odom (Ne-Yo), the legendary founder of Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Arts School, and Collette (Naya Rivera), his partner in High Water and in life. Step Up season 3 will see Sage, Collette, and their relationship challenged as the duo face criminal charges, financial ruin and powerful political enemies who want to destroy both Sage and High Water.
Original Step Up film producers Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot are serving as executive producers for the upcoming third season, alongside Sorensen. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, who both starred in the original Step Up film, will also be serving as executive producers along with Erik Feig, who served as a producer on all of the films, and Bill Brown.