'Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew' is revived by MTV

MTV's 'America's Best Dance Crew' is coming back

"Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew," the MTV show that ran for seven seasons before airing its last episode in 2012, will be brought back by the music network this summer with six new episodes.

"We so appreciate MTV's decision to bring back America's Best Dance Crew for an 8th season. "ABDC" is more than a TV show.  It's a real life inspiration for millions of youthful followers," said Howard and Karen Schwartz, creators and executive producers of the show and founders of Hip Hop International.

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Jan. 11, 2:24 p.m.: An earlier version of this story said Hip Hop International's USA & World Hip Hop Dance Championships will be held this year in San Diego from Aug. 9-15; the championships will be Aug. 2-9.

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Dance, and specifically hip-hop, has had its imprint lessened on television in the last few years, though Fox's Emmy Award-winning "So you Think You Can Dance" has been renewed for a 12th season. "America's Best Dance Crew" introduced the world to many popular acts, including the Jabbawockeez, who now have a Las Vegas stage show, and even dancer Camren Bicondova, who was a member of the crew 8 Flavahz and now plays Selina Kyle on Fox's "Gotham."

Unlike the previous incarnation of "America's Best Dance Crew," which introduced new crews each season -- save for the final season, when popular crew Fanny Pack was invited back to compete -- the 2015 edition will feature dance crews from previous seasons of the competition series. Winners of the first seven seasons include the Jabbawockeez, Super Cr3w, Quest Crew, We Are Heroes, Poreotix, IamMe and the Elektrolytes.

"The time spent off the air has refueled the talent and fan base alike. We can't wait to reintroduce "ABDC" to those who loved it before and to a new generation who will love it going forward," said the Schwartzes.

The announcement came via MTV's Television Critics Assn. Press Tour presentation Saturday. No word yet on whether the show's previous host, Mario Lopez, will be returning, but all-new judges will be chosen to replace previous panelists JC Chasez, Lil Mama and Dominic "D-trix" Sandoval.

Randy Jackson, the former longtime "American Idol" judge, executive-produced the show alongside Howard and Karen Schwartz. It grew out of Hip Hop International's USA & World Hip Hop Dance Championships, which started in 2002 and will be held this year in San Diego from Aug. 9 to 15.

Rob Lee of Bayonne Entertainment is an executive producer. Brooke Karzen, Dan Sacks and Louise Wu are the executives overseeing the project for Warner Horizon Television, which produces "The Voice," while Lauren Dolgen, Kristina Edwards, Michelle Klepper and Hannah Uszak are the executives in charge for MTV.

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UPDATED, 1:23 p.m.

Added reaction from Howard and Karen Schwartz.

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