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Laurieann Gibson, Love at First Flight: Lifetime Announces New Docuseries Debuts

Lifetime has some new TV shows in store for the new year. Recently, the network announced the premiere dates for their upcoming series Laurieann Gibson: Beyond the Spotlight and Love at First Flight.A docuseries, Laurieann Gibson: Beyond the Spotlight will explore the process of famed choreographer Laurieanne Gibson, who has work with music icons like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Nicki Minaj. The series debuts on March 2nd at 10 p.m. Et/Pt.Read More…
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Lifetime Orders Laurieann Gibson Unscripted Series, Sets Premiere for Laverne Cox’s ‘Glam Masters’ (Exclusive)

Lifetime has ordered two new unscripted series and set premiere dates for several others, Variety has learned exclusively.

First, the network has ordered “Laurieann Gibson: Beyond the Spotlight,” which will premiere on March 2. The series follows the acclaimed choreographer and her team at BoomKack Worldwide. Each episode offers a look into Gibson’s process as she shapes and steers the creative narrative of her clients that include Sean “Puffy” Combs, Fantasia Barrino, Tamar Braxton, French Montana and many more. The series is produced by Ish Entertaninment for Lifetime. Michael Hirschorn, Melissa Cooper, Jessica Antonini, James Sunderland, Brandon Panaligan serve as executive producers for Ish and Gibson is producer. Mioshi Hill serves as executive producer for Lifetime.

Lifetime has also ordered the series “Love at First Flight,” which launches March 20. The series matches new couples to embark on a journey across North America, with the chance to get married at the airport immediately after their final flight
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Mary J. Blige To Produce ‘8 Count’ Fox Music Drama Inspired By Choreographer Laurieann Gibson From Jackal Group

Fox has given a script commitment with significant penalty to 8 Count, a drama inspired by the life of famed choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson, from multi-Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige, writer Erika L. Johnson and Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group. Written by Johnson, 8 Count is a music-fueled drama that follows a young choreographer who, in order to redeem her damaged reputation in the cutthroat music/dance world, must invest in an up-and-coming…
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Mary J Blige’s Music-Fueled Drama Series Goes to Fox

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Mary J Blige’s Music-Fueled Drama Series Goes to Fox
Mary J. Blige is in sync with Fox on a new music-focused scripted series. The network is developing the hour-long drama “8 Count,” based on the life of choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson. The project from The Jackal Group comes with significant penalty attached. “8 Count” centers on a young choreographer with a damaged reputation who invests in an up-and-coming singer in an effort to revive both of their careers. Also Read: '24' Franchise Revived at Fox With Female-Led Series Erika L. Johnson (“Shades of Blue,” “Queen Sugar”) is writing the script, and multi-Grammy winner Blige is serving as music advisor.
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Mary J. Blige to Produce Music Drama at Fox

Fox is looking to Mary J. Blige and choreographer Laurieann Gibson for its next music drama.

The network, home to Lee Daniels and Danny Strong's Empire, has put 8 Count, inspired by Gibson's life, into development. The project, from The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Joe Earley, landed at Fox with a sizable penalty attached.

Described as a music-fueled drama, 8 Count follows a young choreographer who, in order to redeem her damaged reputation in the cutthroat music/dance world, must invest in an up-and-coming singer who also has one last shot at stardom.

The project brings Berman, former entertainment president,...
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Abby Lee Miller’s return to Dance Moms sparks mutiny among mothers

Several of the mothers on Dance Moms threaten to walk out this week — after a mutiny erupts when Abby Lee Miller makes a surprise return to her studio. Abby — currently serving a 366-day sentence for bankruptcy fraud — has been absent from the series in recent weeks because it was filmed while she was dealing with her legal issues before her sentencing. But on tonight’s episode she returns unexpectedly, leaving the moms threatening to walk out over her actions surrounding top choreographer Laurieann Gibson — who was brought in after Abby left. Jill Vertes is one of the...read more
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Dance Moms’ Holly Frazier says choreographer Laurieann Gibson is ‘intense’

Dance Moms star Holly Frazier opens up about new choreographer Laurieann Gibson on this week’s episode — branding her “intense”. The episode, titled Stamina, Stamina, Stamina, sees the girls struggle with…you guessed it…stamina, as they have to deal with doing two duets and a group dance. At one point in the episode, Laurieann gets fed up with the moms and challenges them saying: “You want to turn and snap when I turn my back? Watch your back!” Holly, mother of Nia Frazier, tells producers: “She’s a little intense!” Last week we told how fans had hit out at Gibson over the...read more
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'Dance Moms' Recap: Jill and Christi's Drama Overshadows Chloe's Return

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'Dance Moms' Recap: Jill and Christi's Drama Overshadows Chloe's Return
In this episode of Dance Moms, titled "Out with Abby, In With Chloe -- Part 2," Christi and Jill's arguing brings unnecessary drama, the moms question if Laurieann's choreography will impress Chloe's returns to the stage after a three-year absence and the moms wonder what comes next for the Aldc.

Things pick up right where they left off, with Christi and Jill at each other's throats and their girls in tears. Fill-in teacher and name-dropper Laurieann Gibson has worked with her fair share of divas, but I don't think she expected to see this kind of behavior from a bunch of moms at a dance competition. Laurieann urges the moms to rise above, but Jill wants to make it clear that Christi is in the wrong for accusing Kendall of never calling Chloe after she left the Aldc. Laurieann says Jill will get her chance to "clap back," but for now
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Chloe Lukasiak’s mom Christi in Dance Moms clash: ‘We’re a threat’

Chloe Lukasiak’s mom Christi clashes with other mothers on Dance Moms, saying they view both her and Chloe as a “threat”. Last week’s episode saw Christi laying into the other members of the Aldc for not helping to support Chloe after she left the series. Chloe returned last week after 2.5 years away, at the same time Abby Lee Miller departed due to her troubles with the law. Leading choreographer Laurieann Gibson was brought in in her place, and on tonight’s episode has to pick up the pieces that Abby left behind when Christi has another run-in with the other...read more
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Bet and One Church La Team Up Sunday for ‘Celebration of Gospel Live’

Bet and One Church La Team Up Sunday for ‘Celebration of Gospel Live’
On Sunday during Bet Awards Weekend, One Church La and Bet join forces to launch Celebration of Gospel Live on the main stage of Betx in and near the Los Angeles Convention Center. A city-wide gospel experience, the four-hour event brings praise and worship to the Bet Experience. Doors open at 10:45am, and the event begins at 11:15am.

Hosted by One Church La husband-and-wife pastors Touré Roberts and Sarah Jakes Roberts, the four-hour-long event features performances from Major, Tasha Cobbs, Jonathan McReynolds, Mali Music, and Israel Houghton. In addition, One Church La dance ministry “One Movement” will present a special presentation choreographed by A-list choreographer, TV personality, director, singer, actress, dancer, and congregation member Laurieann Gibson, who has worked with Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and others.

About Celebration of Gospel Live, Touré comments, “We’re very thankful to Bet for granting One Church La an unbelievable platform to share our message during Bet
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Goodbyes & New Beginnings! Abby Lee Miller Tearfully Admits 'I Regret Everything' in Final Dance Moms Appearance

Goodbyes & New Beginnings! Abby Lee Miller Tearfully Admits 'I Regret Everything' in Final Dance Moms Appearance
It’s the end of an era for Abby Lee Miller.

The controversial realty TV star will be making her last and final appearance on the return of Lifetime’s Dance Moms this summer and People has the first look.

In the explosive supertease, Miller, 51, emotionally says her final goodbye to the dancers (and the moms) who have stood by her all these years, through the drama and the tears.

“I created livelihoods for so many children,” she says. “It was all going to end someday.”

As mixed emotions begin to rise and questions begin to circulate on who will take Millers’ place,
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Tribeca Review: Puff Daddy’s ‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’

Tribeca Review: Puff Daddy’s ‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’
Among the many skills that Sean “Puff Daddy/P. Diddy” Combs has (or has not) displayed over the years, the greatest might be a preternatural ability at self-promotion that borders on self-mythologizing. And with the aid of first-time director Daniel Kaufman, and the extended family and friends around Bad Boy Records, the wildly successful record company Combs founded in 1993, the documentary “Can't Stop, Won't Stop: The Bad Boy Story” — which premiered on Thursday at New York’s Beacon Theatre as part of the Tribeca Film Festival — goes a long way toward sealing that myth.

While the story of Combs and the label is compelling — fatherless kid rises up from the streets and founds company that leads him to become one of the greatest black entrepreneurs in history, overcoming adversity and tragedy along the way — the fact that the filmmakers didn’t really have much to work with beyond
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Exclusive: Abby Lee Miller on Cheryl Burke Taking Over 'Dance Moms': 'I Bet You She's Treated Differently'

Exclusive: Abby Lee Miller on Cheryl Burke Taking Over 'Dance Moms': 'I Bet You She's Treated Differently'
Abby Lee Miller has plenty of thoughts on her dramatic exit from Lifetime's Dance Moms.

Miller quit the show with an angry Instagram post on Monday, and in an exclusive sit-down with Et on Wednesday, she talked about her reasons for leaving the popular reality series, as well as the show's new choreographer -- Dancing With the Stars' Cheryl Burke.

"I think that's great," Miller tells Et's Nischelle Turner about Burke joining the show. "I only met her once at a housewarming party a couple weeks ago. I'm glad that someone who has worked on a network show for as long as she has on Dancing With the Stars is going to see what I've been working with for seven years."

Watch: Exclusive -- Cheryl Burke to Replace Abby Lee Miller on 'Dance Moms'

"I don't think she's replacing me, I think it's going to be a different vibe," she adds.

But
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Exclusive: Cheryl Burke to Replace Abby Lee Miller on 'Dance Moms'

Exclusive: Cheryl Burke to Replace Abby Lee Miller on 'Dance Moms'
Abby Lee Miller's replacement on Dance Moms has quite a bit of experience on the ballroom floor and with reality TV.

Et has exclusively learned that Dancing With the Stars pro Cheryl Burke will be joining the Lifetime show for the remainder of the season after Miller -- who has been the no-nonsense dance instructor on the series for six years -- announced on Monday that she was quitting. As for Burke, 32, she has served as a professional dancer on 19 seasons of DWTS, but is not currently competing on the ABC show.

Watch: Dance Moms Star Abby Lee Miller Is 'Scared to Death' to Go to Prison -- 'I've Been Through Hell'

According to a source, Dance Moms will resume filming on Wednesday, and has been picked up for four more episodes this season. "It's a go with or without Abby," the source told Et on Monday. "It's been up in the air because the network
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Exclusive: Abby Lee Miller Quits 'Dance Moms' in Angry Instagram Post -- Here's Who Will Fill In

Abby Lee Miller is parting ways with Dance Moms.

The 50-year-old reality TV dance instructor took to Instagram on Monday to reveal that she is leaving the Lifetime show after six years.

"The majority of children that follow me may be fast asleep, however now is the critical time to make the following statement: I Will No Longer Take Part In Dance Moms," Miller announced in a lengthy Instagram post. "For The Past Six Years/ Seven Seasons I Have Asked, Begged, And Even Demanded Creative Credit For All The Ideas, Award Winning Routines, Themes, And Costuming - To No Avail!"

Exclusive: 'Dance Moms' Star Abby Lee Miller on Pending Fraud Case Sentencing: 'Maybe I Need a Few Months’ Vacation'

"I don't have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people's children successful!" she continued. "I Just Have A Problem With Being Manipulated, Disrespected, And Used
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Fake Off Season Finale Sneak Peek: 'This Is Make or Break'

Fake Off Season Finale Sneak Peek: 'This Is Make or Break'
With four remaining teams left on next-generation talent show Fake Off, the competition is heating up. With the finale comes the first opportunity for teams to choose their own themes – and, boy, are they interesting.

Among the spectacular presentation are a group of aerial performers soaring high and deep under the sea, wizards who take on a wicked sorcerer and a hip-hop team that resurrects the dead. (Yes, you heard right!)

However, there will only be one team left holding the Fake Off trophy and, oh, $100,000 grand prize. No pressure!

Hosted by High School Musical alum Corbin Bleu, the performance
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Watch: Jennifer Lopez's Boyfriend Beau 'Casper' Smart Gets Down in Behind-the-Scenes Clip from Fake Off

Watch: Jennifer Lopez's Boyfriend Beau 'Casper' Smart Gets Down in Behind-the-Scenes Clip from Fake Off
Things may be heating up between Beau "Casper" Smart and on-again-off-again girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, but the real fire is in the choreographer's dance moves.

Smart, 29, is serving as a judge for the second season of reality talent show Fake Off.

The dancer, who's worked with stars like Nicki Minaj and Lopez herself, shows off his impressive moves in an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip for the truTV show.

Alongside his fellow judges, Glee's Harry Shum Jr. and Making the Band alum Laurieann Gibson, Smart does a pony-like move on set.

Shum, 33, starts out the clip with some robot-like moves before throwing it to Gibson,
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Watch Casper Smart Judge a 'Beautiful' Performance on His New Show Fake Off

Watch Casper Smart Judge a 'Beautiful' Performance on His New Show Fake Off
Beau "Casper" Smart is taking his talents to TV.

The choreographer and actor has joined judges Harry Shum Jr. and Laurieann Gibson on season 2 of the performance art competition show Fake Off – think a super artsy America's Got Talent complete with dance, acrobatics, acting and breathtaking sets – and People has the exclusive first look at his critique of contestants Tribe of Fools' historical homage to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Smart, 29, gets emotional while giving his feedback in the clip above.

"They chemistry that you built for us – very impactful," he tells the group. "You got up there,
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Kat Graham and Laurieann Gibson Discuss How to Do a Game-Changing Move

Kat Graham and Laurieann Gibson Discuss How to Do a Game-Changing Move
Dying to learn some fierce moves from choreographer to the stars Laurieann Gibson? Well, luckily, Kat Graham is here to help. After sitting down to chat with the Emmy-nominated director ahead of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, the dancer and Vampire Diaries star was taught a routine—and it's safe to say the 25-year-old beauty is a total triple threat. From barrel turns to hitting the floor, the eight-count sequence is sure to speed up your heart rate (while giving you some inspiration for the club!). Oh, and did we mention Graham's abs are on point in the video, sponsored by Degree Women? Seriously, we just want to steal her white crop top and tiny...
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Kat Graham Is a Game Changer on the Grammys Red Carpet

Kat Graham Is a Game Changer on the Grammys Red Carpet
Kat Graham certainly got the sheer memo at the 2015 Grammy Awards, where she rocked the red carpet in a gorgeous white Yanina Couture gown.  Her appearance at the 57th annual ceremony comes amid the 25-year-old beauty's partnership with Degree Women, which she has been promoting throughout the week with choreographer Laurieann Gibson while talking about what it means to be a game changer. "We're going to be on the lookout for some game-changing performances, so we're really excited," the Vampire Diaries stunner told E!'s Giuliana Rancic on the carpet. "There's been so many amazing performances over the years."  Graham, who wore her...
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