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Dance, Sucka!

Oh, god, it's happened: DDR has become a TV show.
Author: Sam Bishop
Published: May 9, 2006
After countless references in TV shows and movies -- first in Japan and later in US features that were usually either trying to be "in" with the cool kids or game geeks, or just wanted to make fun of em -- Konami's Dance Dance Revolution has officially broken into the mainstream. The inevitable has happened: DDR has gotten a TV show.

Dance Revolution (which was originally going to be saddled with the much more Murakami-friendly name of Dance, Dance, Dance!) will air as part of CBS' Saturday Morning Slumber Party fitness-in-disguise programming block, sandwiched between such snicker-inducing shows as Sabrina: The Animated Series, Madeline, Horseland (no, we're not making that up), Kooky Kitchen and CAKE. The deal was struck between DIC Entertainment, CBS and Konami and will be something of a dance contest for tweens.

"We are thrilled to partner with Konami to create a program that will entertain kids of all ages, and get them motivated, active and off the couch," enthused Andy Heyward, Chairman & CEO of DIC Entertainment. "We are focused on using CBS's Saturday Morning Secret Slumber Party as a vehicle to address the national concern of obesity and inactivity among children by providing motivating and innovative entertainment. We are excited to add this unique series to our schedule and to the international markets."

"This collaboration gives Konami an excellent opportunity to bring elements of the DDR franchise to television," added Kazumi Kitaue, Chairman & CEO of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "We hope to create equal success with the franchise on TV that we have had with the video game and look forward to working with DIC on bringing fun, interactive entertainment to young audiences."

The integration of the game and TV show comes from the contestants and judges actively demonstrating moves that can be performed in the game to impress the random people that are still hardcore or blissfully unaware enough to be fascinated by the arcade spectacle. Y'know, kinda like us, which means we probably will have to tune in to see how much of an embarrassing trainwreck the show will be, but hey, one of our staff is a Nielsen household, so hey!