Ox Notes: May 15, 2007

DwtS News
In People’s latest What You Didn’t See article, Monica Rizzo confirms that Laila’s knee problems are so severe, she may be forced to have surgery once the season is through. And Ian’s former co-star Jason Priestley told Jam! Showbiz that he won’t be following in Ian’s footsteps.

TV Guide’s behind-the-scenes report from last night’s show was primarily an interview with Music Director Harold Wheeler, in which he reveals he’s not ultimately responsible for selecting the songs — he just has to try and make them work.

In off-the-dance-floor news, Apolo described his perfect woman to Extra. People is also reporting that DwtS lovebirds Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff are now living together.

ABC’s Fall Schedule
According to the schedule released today, ABC plans to keep Dancing with the Stars on Mondays and Tuesdays when Season 5 starts in the fall. They’ve allotted 90 minutes for each Performance Show, so it looks like the number of couples in the cast should be about the same as this season.

It’s in the Contract
Cynics have always suspected that the "life changing" prizes given by reality shows might not live up to their claims, and here are two cases in which the cynics were right. Andy Denhart writes at Reality Blurred that neither of the previous winners of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen received the prizes they were promised.

And according to a lawsuit filed against ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, a family of orphaned children was allegedly evicted from the gigantic home their caretakers received through the show. ABC maintains that it had no obligation to help the kids after the episode had been filmed.

Regardless of what happened between the families, ABC is taking the wrong approach to this problem. Instead of settlement with the kids out of court, they’re coming across as a bunch of greedy corporate thugs willing to exploit orphans for profit. Instead of acting like a fairy godmother, the Disney-owned network seems more like a wicked stepmother.