Reality Check: Time's up for 'Famous in 12'

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Back in 1973, before “Survivors” were voted off the island or anyone knew, blessedly, who the Kardashians were, PBS aired a docudrama about the Loud family. It was a warts-and-all look at “An American Family.”

This summer, backed by TMZ, a show daring to ask, “Can fame be achieved by just anyone if they‘‍re put on TV?” and “Will anyone care?” was launched on The CW. “Famous in 12” followed the California Artiaga family, which moved into a mansion and had camera crews following every fame-grabbing move over the course of 12 weeks.

Turns out the show was a flop and was canceled this week. “Famous in 12,” gone in four. Go figure. 

Elsewhere in reality TV ...

• Pittsburgher Danny Johnson, 28, is no stranger to NBC’‍s “American Ninja Warrior.” Two summers ago, he qualified for the nationals in Las Vegas, and after taking a year off, he was back for another go at the Denver regional. Although Mr. Johnson, a visual effects/motion graphics artist, placed 31st, he missed reaching that regional cut by one place. 

Another local hopeful, University of Pittsburgh professor Joel Brady, possibly will be seen in upcoming weeks in more from the Denver event.

• It‘‍s Pyramid Time! Lifetime has announced a return date for the Penn Hills-based series “Dance Moms”: July 29 at 9 p.m. The network is serving up another spinoff, “Raising Asia,” July 23 at 10 p.m., just if case anyone wants to know what Asia Monet Ray and her mother, Kristie, are up to.

Pay attention, CW. Little Asia and others in her family are, in fact, talented.

• Logical tie-in: Fox’‍s “So You Think You Can Dance” (Wednesdays) will team with producers of the upcoming revival of “On the Town,” which begins previews Sept. 20 at Broadway‘‍s Lyric Theatre.

“On the Town” choreographer Joshua Bergasse will craft a version of the Broadway show’‍s opening number, “New York, New York,” for the “SYTYCD” finalists Tuesday. This season‘‍s winner will be offered a spot in “On the Town.”

Maria Sciullo: or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.


Maria Sciullo: or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.

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