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October 2012 Reality TV Show Premieres


Project Runway All Stars returns for a second season; we discover if there is Life After Top Chef; Dance Moms's Abby launches a new dance competition, Martha Stewart teaches us how to cook and we find out how Bobbi Kristina is fairing with The Houstons: On Their Own--it's October, baby and these are the shows that will be premiering this month.

Find out more about the returning and new shows, when they start and what channel they air on in this intro to October 2012 reality shows.

1. 'Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition'

Abby Lee Miller of 'Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition'

Dance Moms instructor Abby Lee Miller has a new reality show. Along with Pussycat Dolls founder (and Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For a New Doll judge) Robin Antin and celebrity choreographer Richard Jackson, Miller will be judging a new kids' dance competition for Lifetime, Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.

Premiering Tuesday, October 9th at 9PM Eastern/Pacific, the show will feature 12 of the country's best girl and boy dancers (six- to 13-years-old) competing for $100,000 cash and a scholarship to famed Joffrey Ballet School in New York.

Although Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition focuses on the young dancers, Lifetime hasn't forgotten that some of the schadenfreude of watching its predecessor came from cameras capturing dance moms at their bitchy, self-centered, living-vicariously-through-their-kids extremes. With that in mind, each of Abby's young competitors will be coached by their own mothers, who will control all their training, costume, music and choreographic decisions.

2. 'The Houstons: On Our Own'

Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, star of The Houstons: On Our Own

Lifetime's new reality show, The Houstons: On Our Own, follows Whitney Houston (and Being Bobby Brown)'s 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and other family members left grieving the pop superstar's tragic death.

The Houstons: On Our Own premieres Wednesday, October 24 at 9PM Eastern/Pacific on Lifetime. In addition to Brown, it will feature Houston's sister-in-law/manager Pat and her daughter Rayah, Houston's brother Gary and mother Cissy and Nick Gordon, a family friend.

3. 'Life After Top Chef'

Fabio, Jen, Richard, Spike of 'Life After Top Chef'

Bravo is hoping to squeeze one more successful spin-off from their cash cow Top Chef with a new series, Life After Top Chef that catches up on some of the cooking competition's more popular chef'testants.

Life After Top Chef premieres Wednesday, October 3 at 10PM Eastern/Pacific and checks in on:

  • Richard Blais: After competing on Top Chef Season Four, Blais returned to win Top Chef All Stars. Now he runs a four-star burger chain and a creative culinary company that works with three and four-star restaurants. But his real dream is to successfully open a fine dining restaurant in Atlanta.
  • Tough as nails chef Jen Carroll competed on Top Chef: Las Vegas (Season 6) and the All Stars season. Although she didn't win, she continued her lucrative career under renown Chef Eric Ripert. Now, Carroll has left her post as Executive Chef at 10 Arts in Philadelphia to launch her own restaurant, Concrete Blonde.
  • Spike Mendelsohn competed on Top Chef: Chicago (Season 4) and Top Chef All Stars. The baby of the Good Stuff Eatery restauranteur family, Mendelsohn wants to break out on his own without offending his family.
  • Fabio Viviani of Top Chef: New York (Season 5) is on his way to meeting his dream of becoming the "male Martha Stewart" with two successful Los Angeles restaurants, global food festivals, charity events, a web show and multiple partnerships.

4. 'Martha Stewart's Cooking School'

Martha Stewart's Cooking School
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Speaking of Martha Stewart, the queen of all things home-related has a new cooking show, Martha Stewart's Cooking School on PBS.

Premiering October 6th, the how-to show is based on her best-selling book of the same name and offers home cooks a culinary master class that illustrates the basic building blocks of recipes, with topics like roasting and sauteing and making the perfect stocks and sauces.

5. 'My Shopping Addiction'

My Shopping Addiction logo

Oxygen's new reality show, My Shopping Addiction premieres Monday, October 15 at 11PM Eastern/Pacific and promises to capture "an intimate look into the lives of young people facing a crisis brought on by a dangerous addiction to spending."

The unfortunate addicts will be "forced to face their problem head on" under the supervision of a clinical psychologist.

6. 'Project Runway All Stars' Season Two

Project Runway All Stars Season Two stars: Kayne, Paul Ryan, Andrae, Wendy Pepper (hiss)

Project Runway All Stars returns for a second season, with a new host (supermodel Carolyn Murphy) and such fan favorites as Uli Herzner (Season Three Runner-up), Emilio Sosa (Season Seven Runner-up) and Anthony Ryan Auld (Season Nine) as well as bitchy drama-queen Joshua McKinley (Season Nine Runner-up) and uber-nemisis Wendy Pepper (Season One Second Runner-Up).

Project Runway All Stars 2 premieres Thursday, October 25th on Lifetime at 9pm Eastern/Pacific.

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