Thanks to Nigel, "Fame" Is Back—Again

September 3, 2012

It seems like Fame really is gonna live forever. First there was the iconic 1980 film. Then there was the spin-off TV series, which starred none other than Debbie Allen. Next came the (not so hot, frankly) 2009 remake of the movie. And now, thanks to Nigel Lythgoe, we’re about to get a remake of the small-screen show.

With the blessing of Ms. Allen herself, Nigel’s revamping the ’80s TV hit, which followed a bunch of students at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. Apparently the new series will also feature a group of artsy students. (But if you’re getting all giddy imagining your favorite dancers dolled up in ’80s-style scrunchies and off-the-shoulder sweatshirts, you’re in for a disappointment: It’s getting a modern makeover, and will be “set against the backdrop of present-day obsession with celebrity and fame.”)

Will Allen appear on the new show? She’s not sure yet. But man, oh man, do we hope she at least makes a cameo—preferably doing something like this (RIP, Gwen Verdon!!):