Dance Moms demon Abby Lee Miller will judge her own competition series

Lifetime has given Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller her own competition series, Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. Robin Antin, the Pussycat Dolls founder who previously judged Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, will also judge this show, which will give $100,000 and a scholarship to a ballet school.

Abby Lee Miller is the awful woman who berates children and once had them dress and dance as nude showgirls in an episode that Lifetime pulled, because that, not the child abuse, was really offensive to the network.

Anyway, Lifetime says that “the intense on stage competition and stakes between dancers and mothers increase throughout the season,” which debuts this fall.

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.