DwtS Offseason Update: 1-26-07

Season 4 Rumors
ABC announced that DwtS 4 will premiere on Monday, March 19 at 8 EST with a two-hour Performance Show. No one will be eliminated until after the second Performance Show on March 26. The first Results Show will be Tuesday, March 27 at 9 EST, which prevents a direct showdown with the American Idol performance show that night.

Singer Billy Ray Cyrus, boxer Laila Ali, and Beverly Hills 90210 star Ian Ziering are the latest celebs rumored to be a part of the cast of DwtS 4, joining boy-bander Joey Fatone. According to the article at TMZ, Sarah Ferguson has dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Sharon and Kelly Osbourne were also supposedly cast but dropped out as well.

Tour News
Get the scoop on the Dancing with the Stars Tour from Cheryl Burke’s video diary at People.com.

If you’ve been dying to get up close and personal with Maksim Chmerkovskiy,  he’ll be in Buffalo Grove, Illinois on Tuesday, January 30 conducting two dance workshops at the Fred Astaire Chicago North Studio. The studio is the home of Maks’ fellow DwtS pro, Jesse DeSoto. To reserve a place in the workshop, call 847-634-1100.

If New Jersey is more convenient for you, Maks will lead another dance workshop at the Dance With Me studio on February 15. Email contact@dancewithmecorp.com for information.

Football players-turned-dancers Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice are taking over a number of sitcoms on Monday, February 5. Both start the night on CBS, with Emmitt guesting on How I Met Your Mother at 8 EST, and Jerry on The Class at 8:30. Then Jerry moves over to the CW for an appearance on The Game at 9:30.

Beginning March 8, John O’Hurley takes on the role of King Arthur in a new Las Vegas production of the musical Spamalot through September 1.

Mario Lopez may be preparing to host the Miss America pageant on CMT on Monday, January 29 at 8 EST, but it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. He and former teenage witch Melissa Joan Hart have been cast as the leads in the ABC Family movie Holiday in Handcuffs, which will air in December.