Step Up series returning for season 3 on Starz after YouTube cancellation

Megan Davies
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From Digital Spy

Step Up spin-off series Step Up: High Water is officially coming back for a third season – nearly a year after it was cancelled by original broadcaster YouTube.

The Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-produced series premiered on YouTube Premium as one of the service's first originals, and it originally aired for two seasons before YouTube cancelled the show in August 2019 as it moves away from original, scripted programming.

Jump forward a few months to today (May 28), however, and it's been confirmed that Step Up: High Water will be back after all, with Starz picking up the series for a third season.

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The new season will consist of 10 episodes, and will bring back several characters from the show's first two series, including Ne-Yo as Sage Odom, the founder of the famed High Water Performing Arts School, and Glee star Naya Rivera as his partner Collette.

"The latest instalment of Step Up not only reimagines the entire franchise but is filled with high energy, lots of heart and electrifying dance moves, and we're very excited to reunite the talented cast and creative teams for another great season," said Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs (via The Hollywood Reporter).

"This collaboration underscores our ability to work successfully across our businesses to supply premium content to Starz."

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Alongside Ne-Yo and Rivera, other stars set to return for the new third season are Petrice Jones, Faizon Love, Marcus Mitchell, Jade Chynoweth, Carlito Olivero, Terrence Green, Eric Graise and Kendra Oyesanya.

Lucifer star Tricia Helfer is also set to join the cast as a new character named Erin.

The series, created by Holly Sorensen, will now be known as Step Up (no more 'High Water') and the first two seasons of the show will be made available on Starz sometime before season 3 premieres.

"Holly and her team have created a new and dynamic iteration of the series that captures the hallmarks that have made the Step Up franchise so successful and elevates the storytelling for the premium, global audience," said Starz's head of originals Christina Davis.

"This, coupled with the worldwide appeal of the multitalented, multicultural cast, will make this series a great addition to our slate."

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