Ox Notes: July 20, 2007

Good news for fans of Hok and Anya, who got the boot from So You Think You Can Dance last night. In TV Guide’s backstage report, Mary Murphy revealed they’ve been invited to serve as alternates on the SYTYCD tour. And it should come as no surprise that Murphy, a former ballroom pro herself, was the dissenting vote among the judges last night; she would’ve preferred to eliminate Lauren.

Variety has an article about some unexpected Emmy nominations, including one for the quickly canceled series Drive, and another for a song called "Everything Comes Down to Poo."

So just how does Mario Lopez show his girlfriend, Karina Smirnoff, a good time? He takes her to the racetrack.

If you don’t have plans for Saturday, head to the Orange County Fliers baseball game for the post-game entertainment: Heroes’s Hayden Panettiere will be singing covers with a band made up of fellow Heroes star Greg Grunberg, House’s Hugh Laurie, Desperate Housewives’s James Denton, The Bachelor’s Bob Guiney, and Kitchen Confidential’s Bonnie Summerville.

Or, if you’ve got a little free time over the next few weeks, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin have extended their Broadway run in Chicago through August 5.

My plans for the weekend are a little less sophisticated than either of those options. I’m planning on a trip to Dunkin’ Donuts tomorrow morning, inspired by their latest ad campaign. I mean, everybody knows that the funniest member of the band Kiss isn’t Gene Simmons — it’s Ace Frehley!