Paula AbdulUnless you haven't been keeping track of television this week, you already know that Paula Abdul debuted her brand-new CBS dance competition show, 'Live to Dance,' this past Tuesday. For Abdul, the new show brings her career full circle. Before she became a recording artist and 'American Idol' judge, she was a dancer and choreographer who had worked with such acts as Duran Duran, ZZ Top and Janet Jackson.

More importantly, 'Live to Dance' -- for which Abdul serves as the executive producer -- was an opportunity for her to get back into television production work. She specifically credits director and producer James L. Brooks ('The Simpsons,' 'Terms of Endearment'), who brought her to his then-new TV series, 'The Tracey Ullman Show,' in the late '80s.

Watch PopEater's exclusive interview with Paula after the jump.