Fame

1983, TV Show

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Question: After the embarrassing debacle of Viva Laughlin, I figured network TV wouldn't ever touch musical dramas ever again. Then Ryan Murphy surprised the naysayers with the out-of-the-box success of Glee. Then came along my personal favorite Smash last winter, and the also-great Nashville this fall. Now I read a couple months ago that Fox was trying to revise Fame. My question is this: Have you ever known of a time when so many music-based shows have been on TV? Is it because of the success of American Idol, The Voice and The X Factor? And do you think there is room on TV for possibly four musicals, or will they cannibalize each other for viewers? I've noticed Glee has been down in the ratings, and for a year-four show targeted at the fickle teen market, is this expected? Have you heard any buzz on Smash? I thought Season 1 was great, but I did notice the weak links too, which seem to have been corrected. I hope Season 2 really gets grittier and goes more behind-the-scenes a la West Wing instead of the soapy melodrama of S1. Thoughts? — Sean

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Season 3, Episode 9
While researching for a role as a teenage streetwalker, Doris (VALERIE LANDSBURG) is shocked to find a girl her own age actually plying the world's oldest profession. Determined to get her off the street, Doris "adopts" her and arranges an audition at the School of the Arts. Unfortunately, the young woman doesn't possess the talent to pass the rigid requirements and is not admitted.Doris fears that the rejection will send the girl back to the street, but the girl reveals that the care and affection she has received from Doris and her friends has convinced her to abondon prostitution and return home to her parents.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 4/7/1983

Season 2, Episode 23
For the special U.N. Week, our gang is mixed up with students from the academy school, and they all end up fighting, because the visitors act snobbish. Danny is bothered by a girl who is teamed up with him. Coco makes everyone believe that she is a Eastern European dancer. Dwight gets a crush on a girl he meets.

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Free | Hulu Aired: 3/31/1983

Season 2, Episode 22
The school hosts a "U.N. Week" with Emerson High School and the kids learn getting along with each other is more than just a matter of different geography -- even in New York City.

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Free | Hulu Aired: 3/10/1983

Season 2, Episode 21
A suicide note is found after several lockers have been vandalized, and Doris (VALERIE LANDSBURG) enlists the aid of her fellow students to try to find the potential victim before the act becomes a reality.

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Ask Matt: TV Musicals, Revenge, Homeland, Once Upon a Time, Parenthood, More

Question: After the embarrassing debacle of Viva Laughlin, I figured network TV wouldn't ever touch musical dramas ever again. Then Ryan Murphy surprised the naysayers with the out-of-the-box success of Glee. Then came along my personal favorite Smash last winter, and the also-great Nashville this fall. Now I read a couple months ago that Fox was trying to revise Fame. My question is this: Have you ever known of a time when so many music-based shows have been on TV? Is it because of the success of American Idol, The Voice and The X Factor? And do you think there is room on TV for possibly four musicals, or will they cannibalize each other for viewers? I've noticed Glee has been down in the ratings, and for a year-four show targeted at the fickle teen market, is this expected? Have you heard any buzz on Smash? I thought Season 1 was great, but I did notice the weak links too, which seem to have been corrected. I hope Season 2 really gets grittier and goes more behind-the-scenes a la West Wing instead of the soapy melodrama of S1. Thoughts? — Sean

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Nigel Lythgoe Developing a New TV Series Based on Fame

Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer behind American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, is partnering with MGM Television to create a scripted series based on the 1980 film (and later TV show) Fame, Deadline reports.

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Debbie Allen to Play Jackson's Mom on Grey's Anatomy

Debbie Allen is checking in to Grey's Anatomy to play Jackson's mom, a show rep tells TVGuide.com.

The Fame alum will play Catherine Avery in the ...
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Premiered: 1983, on Syndicated
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Premise: A popular version of the hit film musical about New York's High School of the Performing Arts ran for two seasons on NBC before flying high in first-run syndication for four more years.

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