Come Dance With Me Season 1 Release Date, Cast, And More Information

"Dancing With the Stars" causes controversy every now and then by allowing celebs with dance experience to compete, but this isn't going to be an issue on the new CBS reality series "Come Dance With Me."

We like to think of its innovative concept like this: What if you took the moms from "Dance Moms" who have never danced competitively and tasked their daughters with yelling at them about sickled feet? Or, what if the contestants from "So You Think You Can Dance" had to teach a family member with two left feet their choreography instead of simply wowing a panel of judges with their own talent?

Or, as the show's official website puts it: "'Come Dance With Me' features exceptionally talented young dancers from across the country who invite one untrained family member who has supported their dance dreams to be their partner, for a chance to strut their stuff for a grand prize." But, in the preview, one mother accuses her daughter of wanting to do the show simply "to boss me around." This series has the potential to find a future Derek Hough or Cheryl Burke, and we're guessing that CBS is hoping it will attract the same viewers who have helped keep "Dancing With the Stars" on the air for 30 seasons. From its celebrity judges to the reality competition's connection to a couple of crime drama stars, here's everything we know about "Come Dance With Me."

When will Come Dance With Me Season 1 premiere?

Fans of drama on the dance floor won't have to wait long to find out if "Come Dance With Me" is must-see TV. As reported by Deadline, viewers can start watching the classic combos of polished dancers and tenderfeet try a new spin on this proven formula on Friday, April 15. An established reality series, "Undercover Boss," will serve as its lead-in. The premiere is set to air at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount+ subscribers will also have the option to stream it live or on demand.

According to a CBS press release (via Futon Critic), viewers will see 12 dancing duos learn a new style of choreography each week, so even the show's experienced performers might find themselves challenged by being forced to step out of their comfort zone — a dancer who is only trained in jazz could struggle with learning a ballroom routine, and, on top of that, they will have to teach it to someone with zero dance experience!

One team will be eliminated from the competition each week. To determine who will be sent home, the pairs with the lowest scores will perform freestyle routines, and the judges will decide their fate. So, what exactly is the incentive to stick around until the end? A $100,000 prize, which isn't nearly as much as the $1 million competitors can win on two other popular CBS reality series, "The Amazing Race" and "Survivor."

Who is in the cast of Come Dance with Me Season 1?

"Come Dance With Me" is sticking with the tried-and-true format of having famous faces serve as judges, including a familiar one from a different reality dance competition: "Step Up" star Jenna Dewan. She was previously the host of the now-canceled NBC series "World of Dance," according to Deadline. That show's judging panel was packed with massive star power, with Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, and Ne-Yo offering their invaluable feedback.

"Come Dance With Me" can't boast similarly big names, but its other two judges are experts in their field. Tricia Miranda's specialty is hip hop and she has choreographed routines for artists including Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Gwen Stefani, according to iCoachDance. She's also performed with J.Lo, Britney Spears, and Prince. Dexter Mayfield rounds out the trio. You might recognize him from Taylor Swift's "You Need To Calm Down" music video, per his profile on the Bloc talent agency website. He's also worked with Katy Perry and Lopez. The show will be hosted by Philip Lawrence, a songwriter who has won eight Grammys and worked with artists including Bruno Mars and Lil Wayne, per American Songwriter.

As for the contestants, the trained dancers' ages will range from 9 to 15, per a press release (via Futon Critic). The relatives they'll be teaching and dancing with "include a preschool teacher, a doctor, a social worker, an engineer ... and the drummer for Limp Bizkit," according to Variety.

The series' unlikely producers are NCIS: LA stars

"Come Dance With Me" may not exist if it weren't for two stars of the CBS crime drama "NCIS: LA." Actors LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell, who are close pals in real life, are executive producing the reality competition. They explained why they both found the show appealing in a joint statement to Variety. "We believe this concept is fun for the whole family, especially given the number of children we both have," they quipped. (O'Donnell has five kids, while LL has four.)

LL and O'Donnell were actually on the set of "NCIS: LA" when they decided to team up behind the camera. LL saw O'Donnell reading one of his emails, and because he and O'Donnell are so tight, he asked him what it said. "I told him it was my friend's idea for a new show," O'Donnell recalled to Variety. "He goes, 'I think that thing's hot! You should do it. This is up your alley." In fact, LL liked the pitch so much that he immediately offered to partner up with O'Donnell to develop the series.

LL said he likes how "Come Dance With Me" allows family members to work together to make "their dreams come true." But, in the preview, one mom revealed that she decided to sign on for the show as an investment in her child's future. "I just want his talent to be seen," she said. Aww!