Oh, Lifetime, it’s awfully cute how you’re trying to be the new Bravo these days. You’ve already had an answer to the Real Housewives juggernaut franchise, Dance Moms, for two (gosh, is it really only two?) seasons now. Of course you’re going to have the show’s impeccably dressed producer host its first reunion!
There are only two things holding you back from the plane for which you’re currently reaching.
First, for all their bat shit drama, the Real Housewives (almost) always leave their kids out of it. I realize that you can’t really take the kids out of a show where the only bond between your stars is dance motherhood, but I can’t help but feel terrible for these girls. They are all clearly talented and seem to be friends despite their mothers’ constant bickering, fame whoring, and stage mothering.
It’s not a secret that Abby Lee Miller has terrible judgement when it comes to communicating with children and that the mothers are – understandably – upset when she accuses both mother and child of being stupid.
But this is where the mothers lose me week after week: is the city of Pittsburgh so hard up for dance teachers that there is no where else for them to go? No, it is not. According to Angie’s List, there are no less than one hundred seventy-six. 176. Only one of those involves Abby Lee Miller. It also happens to be the only one with reality show cameras around. I’m just saying.
Second – and, in the case of reunion shows, more importantly – Andy Cohen has a personality. Your producer/host does not.