Is Alaskan Bush People fake? Does it matter?

Alaskan Bush People Fake

“You do not choose Dance Moms,” Lori Acken once said. “It chooses you.” Lori writes brilliantly about top-flight shows with interviews of stars high atop the A list, yet she could not unburden herself of the Abby Lee Miller albatross. Her weekly recaps of a terrible show about generally unpleasant people were wildly successful, but I did not envy her. In early 2014, our editorial staff was looking for the next Dance Moms. We had success covering brand-new, somewhat obscure reality shows on cable networks (regrettably, no one cared about quality shows on the broadcast networks). The idea was to try … Continue reading

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Catfish Season 4 Episode 1 Recap: “Milwaukee Catfish Season”

Catfish Season 4 Episode 1 Recap: "Milwaukee Catfish Season"

On the Season 4 premiere of MTV’s Catfish, Nev heads out to the good ol’ town of Milwaukee, WI. Now I’m not sure if this is the best recognition for Wisconsin but hey, it puts the state on the radar. Since Max was busy filming a movie with Zac Efron while the shooting for Catfish began, Nev enlisted some celebrity backup for the first five episodes. On this episode, Nev has recruited the help of radio and TV personality Charlamagne. Since Charlamagne is a huge fan of the show, he knows how crazy these investigations can get and can’t wait … Continue reading

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Recap Little Women: LA “Home Wreckers” Season 2, Episode 9

Recap Little Women: LA "Home Wreckers" Season 2, Episode 9

It’s another week and we know that we’re going to see another fight on Little Women: LA.  Is anyone else starting to feel fight fatigue?   Briana and Matt and Christy and Todd go on a double date; thank goodness Matt hasn’t been scared off by the group’s insanity.It looks like they’re at the Santa Monica pier, but Christy and Briana are too small to ride most of the rides. Elena and her husband have moved into their new house, which is adorable. It’s just in time too, because Elena’s mom is coming for her annual visit the day after they … Continue reading

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The Amazing Race Season 26: Now we’re getting desperate

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The globe-trotting reality competition series The Amazing Race gets a new twist in Season 26, as all of the teams embarking on the journey are made up of dating couples, five of whom are on a “blind date.” It’s Season 26 (!) of The Amazing Race, a show in which all seasons have been exactly like the one that came before it. But in the 90-minute season premiere on CBS Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 9:30pm ET/PT, a dating-show element has been added with 11 teams made up of dating couples: six teams are preexisting couples, and five teams will see … Continue reading

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My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding Season 4 preview: You can’t ring my bell….

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My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding returns to TLC for a fourth season on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 9/8CT — and in the season premiere, Small-family teen Julie does her (literal) level best not to ring in her Sweet 16 celebration. In keeping with her ultra traditional family’s customs, Julie will have bells sewn into her lavish party dress. Asked to walk a straight line when she enters the festivities, Julie’s dress must stay perfectly quiet as a sign of her purity or she’ll face the wrath of her grandma Tils. And from the looks of it, you do not want to get … Continue reading

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Dance Moms Season 5 Episode 8 recap: Out with a whimper

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Another day, another million dramas, Dance Moms nation. We start out back on the set of the MattyB video, where Abby is still stewing about Melissa not recognizing that Mackenzie is just this side of Ariana Grande and refusing to sign her on in a second fiddle role. Abby says the papers that Melissa did sign say that Mack will appear, but keep her golden little pipes to herself. If she sings, she gets top billing. Even though MattyB’s people are paying for this thing, so, uh, there. Blake talks the sudden hitch in the giddy up with Melissa, who admits she just … Continue reading

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Our Little Family preview: Adapting in an average-sized world … plus, it’s potty time!

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Our Little Family returns to TLC tonight with back-to-back new episodes.  In the first, it’s potty-training time for Cate and Cece, Dan builds Jack a playground fortress that’s the perfect size for him, and a trip to the grocery store with the kids gives Michelle another chance to demonstrate how to adapt in an average-sized world. • MORE: We talk with Dan and Michelle Hamill of TLC’s Our Little Family! “Some little people use grabbers at the grocery store — I’m having none of that,” she says, clambering up shelves in the cookie aisle and coming back down with something Jack nixes … Continue reading

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ABC Announces Dancing With The Stars 10th Anniversary Cast

ABC Announces Dancing With The Stars 10th Anniversary Cast

Today on Good Morning America, Dancing With The Stars announced 11 of the 12 celebrities vying for the coveted mirror ball trophy in the show’s 1oth anniversary season. The 20th cast of the dance competition features an Olympic champion, an American Hero, a TV icon, singing legend and a Shark. Last season’s pro champion, Whitney Carson, who danced to victory alongside Alfonso Ribero, will have her dance partner revealed at a later date. Double amputee & fitness expert, Sergeant Noah Galloway partnered with Sharna Burgess The “nice” shark from Shark Tank Robert Herjavec partnered with Kym Johnson R&B legend, Patti LaBelle partnered with … Continue reading

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Discovery Channel Alaskan Bush People recap: Now or Never

Alaskan Bush People

In the midseason finale of Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People, “Now or Never” (Feb. 20), the Browns work on building the walls and roof of their house, but snow and setbacks threaten to derail the family’s hard work. I’ll live tweet the Bush People “Now or Never” episode tonight, since I had a great time last week and the Bush People Twitter Nation is a fun, vibrant community of hip cats. And this is apparently what I do with my Friday nights now. You don’t need to know anything about Twitter or even have an account to follow along. Just view … Continue reading

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Tonight on Oxygen, “Preachers of Detroit”

Tonight on Oxygen, "Preachers of Detroit"

Oxygen’s new reality series is bringing the Messiah to the Motor City. Preachers of Detroit, a spin-off of the network’s successful, Preachers of L.A., follows seven dynamic men and women of faith, as they guide their flocks and minister to their communities. Detroit has faced its share of struggles as economic downturn has challenged the city, but from the very first episode, it’s obvious that while the city’s bureaucracy may be bankrupt, the city’s faith is rich and vibrant. “Detroit is alive and well! The people here are resilient and gritty, strong and fierce about this place,” proclaims Bishop Corletta … Continue reading

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