SHORT CUTS: Nick Nabs Brown for Reality Show

Published November 20, 2007

Posted Nov. 20, 2007 -- Actor-singer Chris Brown is adding executive producer to his resume. The Grammy-nominated singer has inked a deal with Nickelodeon for an unscripted pilot revolving around his backup dancers.

The half-hour project follows 11-year-old Scooter and 9-year-old Miles as they tour with Brown, who also will appear on-camera. Brown's manager, Tina Davis, also will executive produce the untitled project, which is being produced by World of Wonder.

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The pilot marks Brown's first branch into producing and is his first television deal. He recently released his sophomore album, "Exclusive." His first album, "Chris Brown," earned him two Grammy nominations. He also was named male artist of the year, new artist of the year and artist of the year at last year's Billboard Music Awards.

As an actor, Brown made his feature debut in "Stomp the Yard" and next appears on the big screen in "This Christmas," which opens Wednesday. Other credits include Fox's "The O.C."

Singleton Gets "Executive Order"

John Singleton is set to direct "Executive Order: Six," a thriller to be financed by Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity. Production is slated to begin early next year, and casting is under way.

The film follows the residents of a small, snowbound town, who band together to fight a mysterious horror that turns out to be an alien being unleashed by a plane crash.  Singleton was recently expected to direct "Tulia," with Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton, but that picture got pushed because of Berry's pregnancy.

So You Want More Dancing?

"American Idol" judge Randy Jackson is putting hip-hop dance into the spotlight with a new dance competition show on MTV. Tentatively titled "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew," the show, slated to premiere early next year, will feature hip-hop dance groups from around the country competing for a cash prize and a touring contract.

After auditions -- now under way -- and early eliminations, the selected crews will face off in live weekly performance shows. One group will be eliminated each week by viewers who will vote via text message, online and phone.

The project originally was set up at NBC under the title "World Moves" and was announced as a midseason series at the network's upfront presentation in May. After the summer regime change that saw Ben Silverman take the programming reins at NBC, the network ended up passing on the dance show, which then was taken to MTV.

"I have always wanted to do something with MTV," said Jackson, who is not expected to appear on camera. "MTV has the biggest voice, especially as it relates to music, dance and entertainment.

 

Written by BET-Staff

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