Skating with the Stars coming to ABC

ABC announced today that it is spinning off an ice skating version of Dancing with the Stars, which of course will be called Skating with the Stars. That’s not to be confused with the 2006 Fox series Skating with Celebrities, which is perhaps most notable for off-camera drama that led to the arrest of one of its stars for assault against her partner’s ex-wife.

Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, the new series “pairs a celebrity with a world class ice skater,” who will “be critiqued by a panel of expert judges and will receive a set of scores based on artistry and technique and by viewers at home, with one couple being eliminated each week,” according to ABC, which was reportedly considering the show as far back as a year ago.

The new series will debut Nov. 22 and air for six weeks; its cast–of D-list celebrities, probably–will be revealed Nov. 2 during, of course, Dancing with the Stars.

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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