NEW YORK – That '80s disco show Dance Fever just might boogie back to TV.
Television legend Merv Griffin said yesterday that he plans to bring the show back -- but won't say when.
"Dance Fever is coming back," the talk-show host turned producer told Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa on yesterday's edition of Live! With Regis & Kelly.
He said the project has been shrouded in secrecy but he decided to break the news on Live! because Ripa grew up loving the show.
Griffin created Dance Fever in 1979 and it aired in syndication until 1987.
The plan to resurrect the series comes after the success of American Idol and, this week, a primetime version of Star Search.
Each week, the pulsating disco-fueled dance competition featured four amateur couples performing routines straight out of Saturday Night Fever. They were judged by a panel of celebrities and if they won the week, the had the chance to go on to the "Grand Prix" finals for a chance to win $50,000.
Dance Fever was hosted by Deney Terrio, who left in 1984 after a falling out with Griffin. He later sued Griffin for sexual harassment.
A rock music act and a female dance duo called "Motion" (which at one time featured pro-hockey legend Wayne Gretsky's future wife Janet Jones) also appeared on the show.
Griffin is best known for hosting his own talk show The Merv Griffin Show from 1962 to 1986. But he also created two of TV's most popular game shows, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.