On some levels, Fox’s new dramedy called “The Big Leap” feels like a reimagining of “UNREAL” for a network that heavily relies on reality television. The show isn’t completely devoid of cynicism. However, it’s a very localized cynicism within a show that, at its core, still believes that, no matter how contrived “reality” maybe, it’s still a genre capable of improving the lives of its participants, say, by contributing to the revitalization of Detroit and successfully mounting an entertaining production of Swan Lake.
On “The Big Leap,” diverse Detroit residents are courted by a show of the same name, which is looking for a cast for a televised remake of “Swan Lake.” These aren’t necessarily trained ballerinas, but rather people with a desire to express themselves. We perceive the big themes of these folks’ lives readily because the producer points them out, thanks to the fact that “The Big Leap” follows the plot of a reality program.
About The Big Leap
The Big Leap’s storyline revolves around second chances, and Liz Heldens wrote it. However, a new Fox reality show with the same title is coming to Detroit to audition a cast of amateur dancers for a production of the Swan mentioned above Lake.
Although two of the three episodes that have already been released to critics revolve exclusively upon auditions and eliminations, the strategy is that this is not an elimination program. Producer Nick aka Scott Foley has been brought in to stir up soap opera antics, and mini-scandals, perhaps since Fox would never make a show as allegedly benign as the fictional Big Leap under any present conditions.
Fortunately, the prospective participants provide enough fodder for Nick to work with, and they are the series’ true emphasis, with the majority of them dealing with many sorts of adversity. Plus-size Gabby, aka Simone Recasner, put her dancing dreams on hold when she became pregnant at the end of her high school life.
This forced her to stop communicating with her ex-boyfriend Justin aka Raymond Cham Jr., whose ambition of becoming a dancer was shattered when his father kicked him out of the house when he came out as gay.
Stream or Skip The Big Leap?
This show dishes out its emotionality. However, as the film progresses, it’s possible that “The Big Leap” may embrace some of the ballet’s right-on-the-surface connotations, as seen in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.” Recasner’s Gabby, in a brighter version of Natalie Portman’s fate a decade ago, appears to be on the verge of embracing the performer within.
And witnessing her progress, along with seeing a new star offer a lovely, game performance on a well-intended and sweet drama, is rewarding in and of itself. If you have wanted to watch something different from the other normal series, you should watch The Big Leap. On Monday, September 20 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT, Fox will premiere The Big Leap.
You can also watch The Big Leap on Hulu, YouTube TV, fuboTV, and DIRECTV stream. Piper Perabo, Scott Foley, Teri Polo, Kevin Daniels, Mallory Jansen, Simone Recasner, and Ser’Darius Blain are starring in The Big Leap.