“Sing It On,” a docu-reality television series inspired by the blockbuster movie “Pitch Perfect” and produced by John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co. and CORE Media Group, the co-producers of “ ” will premiere on Pop on Wednesday, May 13 at a special time, 10PM, ET/PT.
It will then begin airing in its regular time slot with new episodes every week on Wednesdays at 9PM, ET/PT starting on May 20.
John Legend performed in an a cappella group at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. During his college years, he directed the UPenn Counterparts, which made it to the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Finals at Carnegie Hall in 1997, and that same year, he was named Best Soloist in the quarter finals.
“I had so much fun singing a cappella in college. The music, the friendships, the competitions were all a huge part of my college experience. We’re excited to be a part of a show that documents the real ups and downs of this interesting world that many know nothing about. It’s going to be an interesting journey, and I look forward to being a part of it,” said Legend.
Featuring eight one-hour episodes, “Sing It On” captures the real-life stories, high stakes and personal triumphs of the country’s top collegiate a cappella teams as they compete to win the ICCA. Cameras capture the behind-the-scenes journey of five top-ranked a cappella teams (listed alphabetically) – AcaBelles (Florida State University), All Night Yahtzee (Florida State University), No Comment (University of Illinois), Nor’easters (Northeastern University), and Pitch, Please! (Northeastern University) – as they battle it out to earn a spot at and win the ICCA Finals.
“Collegiate a cappella has never been more relevant in fan culture, with a sold-out ICCA finals in New York City in April and the second ‘Pitch Perfect’ movie arriving in theaters in May,” said Paul Adler, Senior Vice President and Head of Original Programming and Development, Pop. “SING IT ON will capture all of the fan excitement, heart and incredible talent in an aca-amazing series that viewers will love.”
Since inking an exclusive deal, 2 summers ago, with Universal Cable Productions, to develop TV series for cable and broadcast networks, John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Company have certainly been busy. Although none of his announced projects has made it to air yet.
His first project was sold to Fox in October 2012 – a comedy which was to center on a guy in his early 20s who becomes the guardian to his own siblings, while having to manage his fledgling career as well as a social life. It was said to be loosely based on John Legend’s years growing up.
And then, early in 2013, Legend sold a second project, a crime drama, to the USA network. Titled “The Edge,” it was described as a crime drama about “an idealistic Harvard Business School graduate named Jeff Cross who joins a progressive financial firm called Edgeton Global (aka The Edge), where he discovers the company’s dark secrets while becoming entangled in a high-stakes FBI investigation.”
And then in April 2013, it was announced that Legend (and producer/director Tony Krantz) sold a drama to HBO titled “Down Lo,” which was to be set in South Beach, Miami, and was described as an edgy ensemble drama with intersecting stories, one of which would follow a gay rapper living on the “down low.”
And also in in the summer of 2013, it was announced that Legend and his company had teamed up with the Showtime network for a half-hour comedy about music managers – something that Legend himself knows a little something about likely. The untitled project was to take place in the world of high-profile music managers, and was to be penned by Austin Winsberg (“Gossip Girl,” “Jake in Progress”) who was also to executive produce alongside Legend and his Get Lifted Film company.
And finally, there was also a coming-of-age dance drama titled “Breaking Through” – a feature film, by the way, not a TV series – that Legend and John Swetnam (writer of the dance movie “Step Up”) were teaming up to produce. This was announced last year.
The project was to combine the overdone found-footage sub-genre (where horror movies and thrillers typically go to die these days) with another tired sub-genre, the dance movie, to create a found-footage dance movie. I think this might be a first!
No exact details on plot yet, except a description that called it a “documentary-style dance drama for the YouTube generation.”
The status of all the above projects isn’t public, so we wait, as Legend continues to add to a growing slate, continuing to expand his brand, as part of a concerted effort to grow his empire beyond music, calling it the “next step forward in building Get Lifted.”
Earlier this week, it was announced that he’d partnered up with IM Global to produce an untitled musical romantic drama with recording artist, singer, songwriter and producer Miguel in talks to star.