Fox Orders New Series About Fatima Robinson
A new series based on the career of Fatima Robinson is coming to Fox next fall. The famed choreographer, best known for her work with artists like Aaliyah (Try Again + Rock the Boat) and Michael Jackson (Remember the Time), will see her rise to stardom chronicled via a one-hour weekly drama titled Take It From the Top.
Halfway through the film “Dreamgirls,” in a performance of the title song, three women in floor-length gowns are shown from behind.As they float toward the front of a stage and begin to sing, they carve the air with their arms, in synchronized gestures that follow their exaggerated hourglass silhouettes. Every aspect of their movement conveys the same singular image – shimmering glamour and modern, urbane energy – that made their music such a hit.Based loosely on the Supremes and adapted from Michael Bennett’s 1981 Broadway musical, “Dreamgirls” is the story of three women – played by BeyoncÃ© Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose – who start out as backup singers and end up as stars. But though the movie’s primary subject is music, it’s the Motown era’s underappreciated movement style that keeps the whole thing shaking.
Mary J. Blige and Laurieann Gibson Join Forces
Singer Mary J. Blige is set to produce 8 Count, a new Fox drama inspired by the life and career of choreographer Laurieann Gibson. According to published reports, the hour-long series will be a music-fueled look into the life a young dancer who must join forces with an up-and-coming singer in order to salvage her fledgling career.