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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 …

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As Extreme Makeover returns, find out how Trading Spaces and other shows cheat reality

Ten years ago, I went to Houston, Texas, and spend three days on the set of Trading Spaces, which was at the height of its popularity. It was finally cancelled four years ago, but spawned the makeover genre that still lingers today in shows as diverse as Hoarders, which now does mini-makeovers after cleaning up …

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Why I’m thankful for this season of Survivor: a Thanksgiving reflection

It’s Thanksgiving, and Survivor started the holidays with an early gift of a new episode instead of the usual not-really-new recap episode. And while I’d normally appreciate the break, Survivor Philippines has been so strong that I’m glad that there was no interruption. And last night’s episode was yet another that’s firing on all torches, …

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