Dance Moms: Why We’re Putting Season 3 on Probation

by Rachel Stein September 12, 2012 11:01 am
<i>Dance Moms</i>: Why We’re Putting Season 3 on Probation

I am not above Dance Moms -- Season 1 was a surprise hit, and the beginning of Season 2 made for some of the best candid reality TV-viewing in recent history. The second half of this season, however, definitely lost some of the magic. Everything good and bad with the current state of Dance Moms was seen in last night's finale, "Nationals 90210," which says two things: 1) There's still so much potential in this Lifetime series and 2) The current storylines have peaked, and it's time for a change. If Abby and the gang don't straighten some factors up by next season, we doubt we'll make it through much more of her drama... after all, ahhhveryone's replaceable.

Why Dance Moms: Miami Can’t Compare to Dance Moms

by Rachel Stein April 4, 2012 11:08 am
Why <I>Dance Moms: Miami</i> Can’t Compare to <I>Dance Moms</i>

I've long held the theory that reality shows cannot thrive in Miami -- look at the Real Housewives of Miami, Miami Social, 8th & Ocean (though the seasons of Top Chef and Bad Girls Club that were in South Beach were pretty awesome, though those shows travel every season and aren't dependent on the surroundings the way that the former series were, but I digress) -- so my hopes for the South Florida spin-off Lifetime's already surprisingly wonderful Pittsburgh-based Dance Moms were exceedingly low. And the show somehow still managed to disappoint me beyond that. Here's why it doesn't work:

The Most Ridiculous Lines from Last Night’s Dance Moms

by Rachel Stein January 18, 2012 10:33 am
The Most Ridiculous Lines from Last Night’s <I>Dance Moms</i>

How is it even possible that Dance Moms is getting better at this point? Last night's "Return Of The Candy Apples" has solidified not only that Season 2 can live up to the hype of Season 1 -- it might just "turn it into applesauce," if you will. There's also news of a Dance Moms: Miami in the works, but I can't even wrap my head around that right now, what with all of these amazing quotes that sprouted up in this episode.

Cable Showdown: Toddlers & Tiaras vs. Dance Moms

by Rachel Stein September 15, 2011 2:27 pm
Cable Showdown: <i>Toddlers & Tiaras</i> vs. <i>Dance Moms</i>

Say what you will about the moral aspect of parents parading their children around in intense competitions that may or may not be age-appropriate, but in terms of the entertainment factor of the TV shows that portray these cultures, it's hard to argue that they're not at least a little bit intriguing, if not shamefully enjoyable. After all, the best parts of these series come from the pointless drama and the stressed-out adults. (Though I do like the moments when the kids are genuinely happy, too. I'm not a monster!) TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras has had a strong choke-hold on the market of madness since early 2009... but after a strong premiere season of Lifetime's Dance Moms, I think it's necessary to pit these two shows against each other in a grudging, hair-pulling battle of exploitative candid reality shows, if not only to cut down your weekly intake of stage mothers next season. Just know that when I say "Winner", I mean which show I would rather watch, given the battle.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn January 10, 2014 1:24 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

New year... and a bunch of horrible new reality stars to contend with. Welcome to 2014, everyone.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn June 29, 2012 1:52 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

We almost put Carrie from On the Fly on this list for battling with airline employees who made her buy a second seat because they had "assumed" she was a customer of size. "I'm not even overweight, it's just baby." Unless she's the next Octomom, we can assure her it's not all just baby. But delusional isn't necessarily heinous, and she did end up buying the extra seat, so let's move on to people who were really awful.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn January 13, 2012 1:47 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

Shangela was inspiring as a role model to a young diva on Toddlers & Tiaras, but leave it to the Dance Moms stars to act like reprehensible people around small children.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn September 30, 2011 1:59 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

The Real World debuted this week, but while Frank has already begun earning his way on the list, we've got a hunch he's going to be far more atrocious as the season progresses than he was in the season premiere. Aim high, dude.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn August 5, 2011 1:12 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

It's the week of Jersey Shore and yet those morons weren't the worst people on TV... yet. Let's give them time, shall we? In the meantime, see who did make the cut.

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