[05/13/08 - 02:59 PM] The Futon's Upfront Notes: Abc Updates include: "Boston Legal" to end; "Here Come the Newlyweds" and "Dance War" may return; and details on the 17 pilots under consideration for midseason.
[07/20/07 - 07:42 PM] Development Update: Week of July 16-20 Updates include: Mandy Patinkin officially exits "Criminal Minds," "Dancing With the Stars" judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba land their own show plus Snoop Dogg to get the celeb-reality treatment at E!
ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's web site, September 2008) Dancing with the Stars judges and renowned choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba will put their reputations on the line as they search for America's most talented amateur performers - who can both dance and sing -- in a massive nationwide hunt. They'll create two rival teams and battle it out on the dance floor to form the ultimate performance group, on Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, premiering MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2008 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Pop sensation and Dancing with the Stars Season Two champion Drew Lachey hosts the six-week primetime reality series. After the audition show, Dance War goes live with the top 12 contestants divided into two teams. Captains Tonioli and Inaba will mentor their teams through spectacularly-themed song and dance numbers ranging from Latin to Pop and Country. The fate of the teams is in the hands of viewers who will vote for their favorite group each week. The captain of the lowest scoring team -- whether it be Bruno or Carrie Ann -- will face the dilemma of having to choose one of their performers for elimination. The champions will win a life changing prize - they'll go on tour as the opening act for a major performing artist and a chance to start a thrilling career as part of a brand new all-dancing, all-singing act. John Hesling is executive producer and Moira Ross is co-executive producer. Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann is produced for ABC by BBC Worldwide Productions, and is based on the BBC's format DanceX.