The Big Leap
Created byLiz Heldens
Based onBig Ballet
Starring
ComposerJoe Wong
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11
Production
Executive producers
Production locations
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time44-45 Minutes
Production companies
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkFox
Picture format720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 20, 2021 (2021-09-20) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

The Big Leap is an American musical comedy-drama television series created by Liz Heldens, based on the British reality miniseries Big Ballet.[1] It premiered on Fox on September 20, 2021,[2] as a fall entry during the 2021–22 television season.[3][4][5]

Premise

The Big Leap is a drama about second chances, chasing your dreams and taking back what's yours. The show revolves around a group of diverse, down-on-their-luck characters attempting to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining reality dance show competition.

Cast

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.Title [6]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [6]Prod.
code
U.S viewers
(millions)
1"I Want You Back"Jason WinerTeleplay by : Liz HeldensSeptember 20, 2021 (2021-09-20)[a]1DGR011.47[8]
2"Classic Tragic Love Triangle"Jason WinerLiz HeldensSeptember 27, 2021 (2021-09-27)[a]1DGR021.46[9]
3"The White Swan Lives!"Gail MancusoMatt WardOctober 4, 2021 (2021-10-04)1DGR031.30[10]
4"Nothing But Money Shots"Rachel RaimistSarah TapscottOctober 11, 2021 (2021-10-11)1DGR041.25[11]
5"We Were Just Babies"Charles Randolph-WrightBritta LundinOctober 18, 2021 (2021-10-18)1DGR051.19[12]
6"I Should Have Gone To Motown"Erin O'MalleyDennis SalduaOctober 25, 2021 (2021-10-25)1DGR061.04[13]
7"Revenge Plot"Kimmy GatewoodFranki ButlerNovember 1, 2021 (2021-11-01)1DGR071.26[14]
8"Big Dumb Life"Garry A. BrownAdam Pulver & Jamie SavareseNovember 8, 2021 (2021-11-08)1DGR081.11[15]
9"What Prevents Us?"Jude WengJessica Lee WilliamsonNovember 15, 2021 (2021-11-15)1DGR091.35[16]
10"Swan Song"Gail MancusoDennis Saldua & Matt WardNovember 29, 2021 (2021-11-29)1DGR101.27[17]
11"We Make Our Own Light"Jason WinerLiz Heldens & Britta LundinDecember 6, 2021 (2021-12-06)1DGR111.23[18]

Production

Development

On January 28, 2020, Fox gave the project a pilot order, the first for the network's 2020–21 television season, with Fox Entertainment and 20th Television set as co-production partners and was written by Liz Heldens.[19] The series ultimately skipped the step to the 2021–22 television season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Fox giving a series greenlight on April 28, 2021.[20] Heldens was set as showrunner with Jason Winer announced as director and executive producer of the pilot.[21] On May 17, 2021, during Fox's Upfront presentation, it was confirmed that the series was scheduled to premiere as a fall season entry during the 2021–22 television season.[22]

Casting

In February 2020, Teri Polo, Matt Lucas, Ser'Darius Blain and Raymond Cham Jr. were cast in main roles for the pilot.[23] In March 2020, Scott Foley was cast in the main role for this pilot including Simone Recasner and Jon Rudnitsky also joined the cast.[24][25] On July 17, 2020, it was announced that Laura Benanti has been cast in the pilot.[26] However, both Lucas and Benanti later exited the project.[27] In December 2020, Piper Perabo was cast to replace Benanti in the lead role, with Mallory Jansen and Kevin Daniels joining the series in a main role.[28] After the series was picked up in May 2021, Anna Grace Barlow joined the series.[29] In July 2021, Adam Kaplan, Tom Lennon, and Robert Wisdom joined the cast in recurring roles.[30] In October 2021, Brett Tucker joined the cast in a recurring role.[31]

Filming

Production of the pilot episode commenced on December 2, 2020. On December 18, 2020, production was temporarily suspended due to positive COVID-19 test results, from the crew members. The pilot was filmed in Chicago, Illinois, and at the Rialto Theatre in downtown Joliet.[32]

Release

The series premiered on Fox on September 20, 2021.[33][2]

International

In Canada, the series is set to air on CTV.[34] The series premiered on Disney+ via the streaming hub Star as an original series in selected countries.[35][36][37] In Latin America, the series premieres as a Star+ original.[38]

Reception

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 100% with an average rating of 8.4/10, based on 15 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus states, "The Big Leap's joyous celebration of life and love isn't remotely subtle, but with moves like this and charm to spare, why play coy?"[39] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[40]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Big Leap
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "I Want You Back" September 20, 2021 0.3 1.47[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "Classic Tragic Love Triangle" September 27, 2021 0.3 1.46[9] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "The White Swan Lives!" October 4, 2021 0.2 1.30[10] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Nothing but Money Shots" October 11, 2021 0.3 1.25[11] 0.1 0.71 0.4 1.95[41]
5 "We Were Just Babies" October 18, 2021 0.2 1.19[12] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "I Should Have Gone to Motown" October 25, 2021 0.2 1.04[13] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "Revenge Plot" November 1, 2021 0.3 1.26[14] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Big Dumb Life" November 8, 2021 0.2 1.11[15] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "What Prevents Us?" November 15, 2021 0.2 1.35[16] 0.1 0.71 0.4 2.06[42]
10 "Swan Song" November 29, 2021 0.3 1.27[17] 0.1 0.71 0.4 1.97[43]
11 "We Make Our Own Light" December 6, 2021 0.3 1.23[18] 0.1 0.63 0.4 1.85[44]

Notes

  1. ^ a b "I Want You Back" and "Classic Tragic Love Triangle" were released on September 14, 2021, on fox.com, Hulu, and on-demand.[7]

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