Lifetime planning two more Dance Moms shows

Lifetime has ordered not one but two shows related to its reality hit Dance Moms, one set in Miami and one that follows kids who ice skate and their parents.

Last week, the network announced that it had picked up six episodes of Dance Moms: Miami, which is set at the Stars Dance Studio, with the Abby Lee Miller role being apparently filled by Victor Smalley and Angel Armas. In a press release, the network called them people who are “fiercely dedicate their lives to their craft” and “expect the same from both their young and impressionable students and their equally passionate mothers.”

Today, the network announced that it is developing Ice Moms, which will focus on figure skating coaches Laurie Vigilante and Adam Schmidt in Dearborn, Mich., who the network says “dutifully rule the rink and train their students who aspire to become champion skaters” and “often ruffle the feathers of parents who endure frigid relationships with the two coaches who demand from students and parents the practice, precision and perfection required to succeed in the hit sport.”

All three shows are produced by Collins Avenue. And all two new shows will likely join Dance Moms in exploiting and abusing their child stars.

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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