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‘Raising Asia’ Docuseries On YouTube Star Asia Monet Ray To Debut On Lifetime

By | Sunday June 29, 2014 @ 6:16pm PDT

‘Raising Asia’ Docuseries On YouTube Star Asia Monet Ray To Debut On LifetimePint-size performer Asia Monet Ray, who made a huge YouTube splash with her athletic dance routines before appearing on Dance Moms and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, both on Lifetime, will get a spinoff show of her own on the network, Raising Asia, a docuseries featuring the eight-year-old and her mother, Kristie.

The series will debut on Lifetime on July 29, and feature 14 half-hour episodes of the eight-year-old singer/dancer and her model mother, bodybuilder father and younger sister. The show will be produced by Dance Moms producer Collins Avenue, with Jeff Collins, Michael Hammond, Sandi Johnson, Bryan Stinson, Leola Westbrook, Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Kimberly Chessler as executive producers.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Dance Mums’ Sashaying To UK; Australia Gets Fake Prince Harry Dating Show; More

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 10:00pm PDT

A+E Networks UK Orders British Version Of ‘Dance Moms’
Dance MomsThe UK is getting the first format adaptation of Lifetime’s U.S. reality series Dance Moms. A+E Networks UK has ordered a British version the show, to be titled Dance Mums. Shiver, part of ITV Studios, will produce eight hourlong episodes of the show, which will be fronted by actress and dance Jennifer Ellison, whose Liverpool dance school Fame Academy provides the setting. Dance Mums is due to air this year.

Network Ten Bringing Fake Prince Harry Reality Show To Australia
Network Ten has acquired Shine International’s upcoming reality series I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’ for Australia. Co-produced by Zig Zag I Wanna Marry HarryProductions and Ryan Seacrest Productions, the eight-episode series features 12 women competing for their chance to marry “Prince Harry”, while living at an English estate. But there is a catch: It’s not actually Prince Harry but imposter Matthew Hicks. Marry ‘Harry’, executive produced by Danny Fenton, Kevin Utton, Matt Gould, Ryan Seacrest, Adam Sher, Heather Schuster, David Tibballs and Rebecca Eisen, will have its global premiere May 27 on Fox. Read More »

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‘Dance Moms’ Star Abby Lee Miller Sued For Assault & Defamation By Fellow Cast Member: Video

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 7:16pm PST

Dance MomsKelly Hyland is suing the matriarch and producers of the Lifetime docusoap over a brawl that aired as part of this week’s episode. Her suit (read it here) claims that Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller assaulted and later defamed her. The suit says “the producers of the show [Collins Avenue Entertainment], in an effort to attract ratings and viewership, encourage and facilitate conflicts between Miller on the one hand and the young girl dancers and their mothers on the other.” It goes on to cite Miller’s “bullying and insulting leadership style” as the girls’ principal dance coach. The incident that fueled the assault claim happened November 22 before a dance competition in the Bronx. The suit claims Miller “repeatedly lunged toward Kelly gnashing her teeth and loudly attempting to bite Kelly.” Then, according to the filing, Hyland “in self-defense, slapped Miller and pulled Miller’s head away from her to avoid being bitten.” Hyland also claims that “the producers of the show desired for her to have a warrant issued for her arrest as that would make for intensely dramatic television.” Read More »

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Lifetime’s ‘Dance Moms’ Season Debut Hits Series High, ‘Double Divas’ Previewed

By | Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 12:32pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

2013 got off to a solid start for Lifetime. The network’s docusoap Dance Moms opened its third season last night with a series-best 2.8 million total viewers tuning in for the 90-minute season premiere. That is a 33% jump versus the show’s summer 2012 season premiere in June. Dance Moms also averaged 1.4 million adults 18-49 viewers (+27%) and 1.1 million women 18-49 (+26%). Immediately following Dance Moms, Lifetime aired a sneak peek of new docuseries Double Divas, set at Atlanta’s boutique LiviRae Lingerie. It got decent sampling, averaging 1.5 million total viewers, about half of its lead-in. Double Divas will premiere with back-to-back half-hour episodes next Thursday, January 10, at 10 PM, immediately following Project Runway All Stars.

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‘Dance Moms’ Renewed For Season 3

By | Wednesday October 10, 2012 @ 10:39am PDT

Dance Moms RenewedLifetime has ordered 26 episodes of Dance Moms, the docu-series that has become a breakout hit for the network. Season 2 wrapped last month and finished as the top unscripted series on cable in its Tuesday 9 PM time period among key female demos, gaining overall versus Season 1 in adults 18-49 (69%) and women 18-49 (72%) among other metrics. Dance Moms is also Lifetime’s youngest-skewing current series with a median viewer age of 32 — five years younger than Season 1′s average. The series features renowned instructor Abby Lee Miller, who trains young competition dancers at her school with their mothers watching every move — for better or worse. Collins Avenue produces.Miller also hosts the network’s dance competition series Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, which premiered last night.

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Lifetime Expands ‘Dance Moms’ Franchise To Figure Skating

By | Thursday January 26, 2012 @ 10:27am PST
Nellie Andreeva

On the heels of ordering a spinoff of reality hit Dance Moms set in Miami, Lifetime is looking to cross over the franchise to ice skating. The network and Dance Moms producer Collins Avenue are developing Ice Moms, a new docuseries about the world of competitive figure skating. It will center on the Dearborn, Mich.-based figure skating coaching duo of Laurie Vigilante and Adam Schmidt, who dutifully rule the rink and train their students who aspire to become champion skaters. “We’ve conquered the world of competitive dance with our hit Dance Moms and have great plans to expand the franchise to Miami,” said Lifetime’s EVP Rob Sharenow. “Now, we’re bringing the format to the intensely competitive world of figure skating and revealing the explosive dynamic between the kids, parents and coaches who all want to be the best.” Dance Moms has been posting series highs in its second season, including 2.5 million in total viewers and 1.3 million in adults 18-49.

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‘The Game’ Opens Season 2 With 5.3 Million Viewers, ‘Dance Moms’ Hits Series High

By | Wednesday January 11, 2012 @ 2:13pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The Game solidified its status as a smash hit by drawing 5.3 million viewers for its Season 5 premiere. It was down 31% from its record-setting BET premiere last year (7.7 million) but higher than most scripted series on cable. Season 2 of The Game‘s companion sitcom, Let’s Stay Together, launched with 3.5 million viewers, down 20%.

Over at Lifetime, unscripted series Dance Moms continued its momentum, opening its second season with 2.5 million viewers, up 150% from the show’s series premiere in the summer. Among adults 18-49, Dance Moms drew 1.2 million, up 126%.

Meanwhile, A&E’s new original series Shipping Wars averaged 3 million total viewers for its premiere with back-to-back episodes, 1.6 million adults 18-49 and 25-54.

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