Poor Paula, she was devastated to learn that networks typically don't keep their lowest rated shows.
The problem with opening up a dance show to folks from all walks (and stages) of life is that it has no chance to develop into an edgy talent competition like So You Think You Can Dance or America's Best Dance Crew. Instead, it becomes a watered-down program with cute kids and old people who will likely get the lion's share of votes once the American public gets to be in charge -- just like America's Got Talent. In fact, Live to Dance is pretty much a dance-centric version of AGT with the only notable differences being the idiotic "dance dome" and the less famous judges (Paula Abdul aside). And who would've thought they could have found a more pseudo-enthusiastic and awkward host than Nick Cannon to stand with the family members? I wouldn't have dreamed that was possible.