Tuned In Journal
After last week's debut of Lifetime's "Dance Moms" (10 tonight), people came out of the woodwork with claims about the local women featured on the shot-in-Pittsburgh TV train wreck.
Among the assertions:
-- Much of what viewers see was staged.
--The show is selectively edited to show people at their worst.
-- Dance Mom Holly, seemingly the most sensible and least objectionable of the moms, used to work at the Ellis School! And now she's at Winchester-Thurston!
Viewers weighed in here on the blog after the series' premiere last week, mostly lambasting teacher Abby Lee Miller and the mothers who subject their children to Abby, an emotional terrorist whose nasty demeanor brings to mind Ursula the Sea Witch from "The Little Mermaid." (Although I will say, a few of the histrionic comments on last week's post were as over-the-top as the show itself; some viewers seemed to take the show as a personal affront. But if a show has no personal impact, it's not worth working yourself into that much of a lather.)
Ratings-wise, "Dance Moms" doubled the ratings for the time period in some key demos but a Lifetime press release buried the "Dance Moms" ratings beneath news of the performance of "Roseanne's Nuts," its lead-in. While the Roseanne Barr reality show drew 1.6 million viewers, viewed as a disappointment by one ratings guru, "Dance Moms" dropped to 1 million viewers. (One has to wonder what Roseanne would think of "Dance Moms" given all her condemnation of bad mom Casey Anthony.)
My response to a couple of the assertions and a preview of episode two after the jump. ...