VH1 casting for Stage Moms, a show featuring child actors and their parents.

VH1 casting for Stage Moms, a show featuring child actors and their parents.
Six sets of child actors and their families will be the stars of a new show VH1 is planning called Stage Moms. Presently the network is casting LA and New York families for a two week pilot shoot; if successful, they’ll cast families everywhere for the series, which is expected to be shot over seven months. The show is “[s]aid to resemble the Bravo reality series The It Factor,” backstage.com reports, and “is about what stage mothers go through in their lives, professionally–as well as how this professional life influences their personal lives.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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