9 p.m. Wednesday, ABC Family
Can everybody please stop dancing?
The sloppy-dance fad was cute for a microsecond, but then a few people achieved outsize notoriety from it, and so now someone’s trying to make mainstream money off the craze.
The someone is ABC Family, which on Wednesday night gives us “Dancing Fools.”
ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” is highbrow compared with “Dancing Fools.”
The new series, with Melissa Peterman of the sitcom “Baby Daddy” hosting, is trying to capitalize on our embarrassing willingness to shoot videos of ourselves gyrating and flopping around, and our equally embarrassing willingness to watch such videos.
“Dancing Fools” was inevitable. The show is a combination of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and a dance-competition series.
It serves up bunches of homemade videos of people dancing, people falling into pools while dancing, people tumbling off furniture while dancing and so on.
Some of these do-it-yourself dancers are brought onto the show for a dance-off, with a $10,000 prize at stake.
Peterman is pretty funny as a host, tossing wisecracks around while the videos play, but really all you need to know about this show is that one video collage on the premiere is of people (and a cat) dancing with toilet paper.
Viewers are invited to submit videos for consideration by the show. Resist this temptation.
Your dignity will thank you later.
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