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The Big Leap

The Big Leap

  • Premiered: 
    September 20, 2021
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  • Network: Fox
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Dramedy
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Inspired by the UK TV series (Big Ballet) 
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Plot Synopsis

Inspired by the U.K. reality series BIG BALLET, THE BIG LEAP is a one-hour scripted dramedy series. This show-within-a-show revolves around a group of diverse, down-on-their-luck characters attempting to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining reality dance show featuring a modern reimagining of "Swan Lake." On the heels of his latest show failure and a stressful divorce, producer Nick Blackburn reluctantly signs on to produce "The Big Leap," a high-stakes docuseries filming in Motor City. The show, which brings together dancers from every age, background and body type, is the brainchild of former dancer Wayne Fontaine. With choreographer Monica Sullivan on board to help Nick mount the production, he begins his search for not only the best dancers, but also the ones that could stir up the most drama and buzz. Gabby Lewis once dreamt of becoming a professional dancer, but her dreams were sidelined when she got pregnant right out of high school. In the midst of the monotony that is her 9-to-5 office job, she stumbles upon an open casting call for "The Big Leap," reigniting her passion for dance. Auditioning alongside Gabby is Justin Calgrove, Gabby's former dance partner and high school boyfriend...that is, until he came out of the closet (to the surprise of no one, except Gabby). Their fellow contestants include Reggie Sadler, a professional football star on the brink of suspension and whom Nick believes could give the show the star power and controversy it needs to break through; Brittney Lovewell, a born-and-bred hyper-competitive ballroom dancer whose partner is her twin brother; unemployed autoworker Mike Devries, whose gradual unraveling recently led his wife to leave him; Paula Clark, a high-powered corporate executive; and former ballerina Julie Perkins, who relies on social media for the attention she craves from her family. THE BIG LEAP premiered on Monday, September, 20, 2021 at 9pm ET/PT on FOX.
On Monday, December 6, 2021 at 9pm ET/PT, FOX premiered "We Make Our Own Light," the season finale of THE BIG LEAP. When a massive blackout threatens to stop the finale from airing, the whole cast has to band together to light up the stage. Reggie attempts a rapprochement with Gabby, while Nick works to convince the network that this show is something special. Meanwhile, the rest of the cast deals with nerves over their final performance and Brittney gets a shocking surprise. Guest Cast: Adam Kaplan as Simon; Tim Lyons as Alan; Seth Morris as Kevin; Karen Rodriguez as Raven; Brett Tucker as Linus; Donetta Jackson as Tamra; Blaire Brown as Henrietta; Rachel Kim as Miriam; Teh'Ray Hale as DJ; Torrin Clifton as Ladon; Comfort Fedoke as Aja; Stanley Glover as Travell; and more.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by 20th Century Fox Television (as 20th Television)
  • Produced by FOX Entertainment