Abby Lee Miller is a “Maniac”: Dance Moms meets Flashdance in new promo

Lifetime has released a promo for its next season of Dance Moms, which debuts early next year, that’s set to “Maniac” by Michael Sembello, notably featured in Flashdance, and borrows slightly from that sequence.

It’s a well-produced music video featuring a made-up Abby Lee Miller forcing girls to dance as their moms are locked out of a room. So, just like the show, minus Abby Lee Miller looking stylish.

If only this show didn’t, you know, exploit children.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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