Grammy Award winning R&B artist and actress Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) is set to produce 8 Count, an upcoming Fox drama inspired by the life of famed choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson.

The series will be written by Queen Sugar scribe Erika L. Johnson, is described as a music-fueled drama that follows a young choreographer who, in order to redeem her damaged reputation in the cutthroat music/dance world, must invest in an up-and-coming singer, who also has one last shot at stardom.

This is Fox’s third high-profile dance drama buy this season. The network also gave a script commitment plus penalty to hip-hop drama Take It From The Top (working title) inspired by choreographer Fatima Robinson’s life, and currently has two music-driven drama series on the air, Empire and Star.

Gibson has choreographed music videos and live performances for Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, among many others.



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