January 26, 2012 10:27am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Dance Moms' Producer Developing 'Ice Moms' at Lifetime
Building on the success of Dance Moms, Lifetime is developing Ice Moms, a docuseries set in the world of competitive figure skating.
From Collins Avenue, the producers behind Dance Moms and its upcoming spinoff, Dance Moms: Miami, the potential series would revolve around figure skating coaches Laurie Vigilante and Adam Schmidt who often raise the ire of the parents of the students they coach as they push them to become champions.
“We’ve conquered the world of competitive dance with our hit Dance Moms and have great plans to expand the franchise to Miami,” said Lifetime Networks exec vp programming Rob Sharenow said in a statement announcing the news Thursday. "Now, we’re bringing the format to the intensely competitive world of figure skating and revealing the explosive dynamic between the kids, parents and coaches who all want to be the best. We’ll show all the blood, sweat and tears it takes to be a champion on ice."
Dance Moms returned for its second season on Lifetime this month, drawing a series best 2.5 million total viewers and stands as the network's youngest-skewing series. The network recently greenlit its Miami-set spinoff as it looks to create a franchise of its own much in the same way other cablers have with docuseries including The Real Housewives and the Kardashians.
Beyond Dance Moms, Collins Avenue's credits include A&E's Billy the Exterminator and Animal Planet's American Stuffers.