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Fox Series The Big Leap Launches Into Production July 20

Last updated: July 12, 2021

It’s time to dance like everyone’s watching. And finally, after persevering through a number of pandemic-related delays, it’s time for the long-awaited Fox series THE BIG LEAP to vault into production in Chicago. THE BIG LEAP has a ten-episode series order from Fox and the full series, which stars starring Scott Foley, Teri Polo and Piper Perabo, will be filmed in Chicago, beginning next week on July 20th. The hour-long pilot filmed in the city last November and December.

Here is your first look at the series, from Fox’s upfront presentation this Spring, which will have you dancing in your office seat, or leaping across your living room…

THE BIG LEAP is a modern tale about second chances, chasing your dreams and taking back what’s yours. From creator/executive producer Liz Heldens of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS fame, director/executive producer Jason Winer (MODERN FAMILY) and executive producer Sue Naegle (THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA), 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 that builds to a live production of SWAN LAKE. Inspired by a U.K. reality format, THE BIG LEAP is an innovative show-within-a-show that takes viewers on a journey of self-acceptance and empowerment at any age.

You Should Know Who Liz Heldens Is

The afore-mentioned Liz Heldens is also executive producing THE BIG LEAP with Peter Dale of UK company Rare Day, which produced the reality series that inspired the pilot. Who is Liz Heldens? Heldens developed THE PASSAGE for Fox based on the book trilogy by Justin Cronin. She also served as showrunner and executive producer on the series. Her other credits include creating the shows DECEPTION and MERCY and co-creating the series CAMP. She also served as a writer and producer on shows like FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and always entertaining THE ORVILLE…

Please check back here at SCREEN as THE BIG LEAP forges ahead into production this summer.

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