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Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition: Also Known As So You Think You Can Dance Moms

Well, this show's a nightmare. And not even a fun way. Lifetime is trying to extend Abby Lee Miller's 15 minutes of fame, first by putting her on Drop Dead Diva and now by giving her another show where she can torture small children. The problem here is not really that it's like So You Think You Can Dance for babies, but that it's actually mostly appalling.

Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition: Also Known As So You Think You Can Dance Moms

Well, this show's a nightmare. And not even a fun way. Lifetime is trying to extend Abby Lee Miller's 15 minutes of fame, first by putting her on Drop Dead Diva and now by giving her another show where she can torture small children. The problem here is not really that it's like So You Think You Can Dance for babies, but that it's actually mostly appalling.

All the Right Moves: They Shouldn't Have Premiered This During the Olympics

When it was first announced that Travis Wall was getting his own reality show on Oxygen about his new dance company, I was giddy with excitement, and the giant bus ads around the city have been teasing me ever since. But unfortunately this show, which should be my favorite (it's got all of the beautiful contemporary choreography that he's known for and is chock-a-block full of So You Think You Can Dance alumni), is the victim of a massive case of bad timing. While normally I'd be thrilled to put up with whining and disgusting frat boy-like behavior in order to watch dancers put themselves through torture (I did watch all of Breaking Pointe, after all), I'm currently preoccupied by the gymnasts at the Olympics doing even more disturbing things to their bodies. Even Dance Moms and So You Think You Can Dance were wise enough to give the Olympics a wide berth.

All the Right Moves: They Shouldn’t Have Premiered This During the Olympics

When it was first announced that Travis Wall was getting his own reality show on Oxygen about his new dance company, I was giddy with excitement, and the giant bus ads around the city have been teasing me ever since. But unfortunately this show, which should be my favorite (it's got all of the beautiful contemporary choreography that he's known for and is chock-a-block full of So You Think You Can Dance alumni), is the victim of a massive case of bad timing. While normally I'd be thrilled to put up with whining and disgusting frat boy-like behavior in order to watch dancers put themselves through torture (I did watch all of Breaking Pointe, after all), I'm currently preoccupied by the gymnasts at the Olympics doing even more disturbing things to their bodies. Even Dance Moms and So You Think You Can Dance were wise enough to give the Olympics a wide berth.

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

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:

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

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:

TWoP 10: So You Think You Can Dance Guest Judges

On this season of So You Think You Can Dance, a famous face has graced the judging panel for every live show. Overall, we were impressed by the quality of these mostly articulate celebs who seemed to be genuine fans of the franchise and who were able to actually spout opinions instead of just clap like seals. So we've ranked the special guests (though not the choreographers who were plucked to be on the panel, because we'd never be able to decide between Lil 'C and Travis Wall) to determine who was the best this summer.

Emmy Awards 2011: Who Was Nominated? Who Was Overlooked?

It's Emmy nomination morning, which means that instead of enjoying our relaxing mindless summer television, we instead are up in arms about who got nominated and, more importantly, who didn't. As always, the voters gave TV fans like us plenty to be happy about -- and plenty more that was just infuriating. Here's our gut reaction to who was honored and who was overlooked:

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Judgment Daze: We Rate This Summer's Reality TV Judges

Some of us may still be recovering from the cultural moment that was American Idol, but it looks like there's no rest for the weary reality fan ahead. A plethora of talent competition shows, including The Voice, America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance and last night's Platinum Hit, all take center stage this summer. But no matter how fantastic, absurd, or otherwise unpredictable their respective contestants are, it's the judges that give them their -- pardon the pun -- voice, not to mention their mood, sense of humor and overall vibe. And yes, they also give the shows their legitimacy (or lack thereof). Here's how each judge rates:

Judgment Daze: We Rate This Summer’s Reality TV Judges

Some of us may still be recovering from the cultural moment that was American Idol, but it looks like there's no rest for the weary reality fan ahead. A plethora of talent competition shows, including The Voice, America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance and last night's Platinum Hit, all take center stage this summer. But no matter how fantastic, absurd, or otherwise unpredictable their respective contestants are, it's the judges that give them their -- pardon the pun -- voice, not to mention their mood, sense of humor and overall vibe. And yes, they also give the shows their legitimacy (or lack thereof). Here's how each judge rates:

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