Maksim Chmerkovskiy won’t be on Dancing with the Stars 6 but will return

Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy won’t return for the show’s sixth season, but will eventually be back.

“He just needs a break. He is part of the Dancing family, and he will be back,” an ABC spokesperson told People. The magazine reports that he will work on other projects, and “is putting the finishing touches on a DWTS fitness DVD with fellow pro Cheryl Burke, and this spring he will continue to work with students at his Rising Stars Dance Academy in Saddlebrook, N.J.

That follows his December comments to People that he would not be leaving. “I am not quitting the show,” he said, but added, “After coming down from two seasons back-to-back, 10 weeks each season — 14 weeks, if you count all of the rehearsals — it puts a lot of pressure on a person and it takes its toll.”

Maksim Chmerkovskiy to Take Break from Dancing [People]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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