Ox Notes: August 3, 2007

Let the fall schedule reshuffling begin. Fox has pushed its new scripted series Highlander, er, New Amsterdam (hey, they’re both about immortal guys…and there can be only one, after all) back until January to make room for more Don’t Forget the Lyrics.

And one reviewer suggests that ABC’s comedy Cavemen is so bad it might never make it to air.

One new show to be excited about is The Return of Jezebel James. Not only is it written by the creator of Gilmore Girls — a great show in its early seasons — but it stars Lauren Ambrose and Parker Posey.

Also new for the fall is a guest spot on Smallville for another former Superman, Dean Cain.

While the networks focus on bringing new material to the airwaves, Discovery is expanding its online offerings. Episodes of Dirty Jobs and TLC’s LA Ink will be available on the Internet the day after the episode’s initial airdate. The first episode of the new season of Animal Planet’s addictive Meerkat Manor is available online now — a week before the new season begins.

Reality Blurred did some calculating and discovered that the $1 million prize for winning America’s Got Talent isn’t really worth $1 million — it’s actually more like $375,000.

If you’d like to brush up on your dancing skills with a little help from the Dancing with the Stars pros, there are a couple of great opportunities next week. Tony Dovolani and Elena Grinenko will be in Huntington, West Virginia on Monday and Tuesday, performing and offering classes for adults and kids as part of a charity fundraiser.

And Maksim Chmerkovskiy will be in the Chicago area on Wednesday to teach a dance camp at the Fred Astaire Chicago North Studio in Buffalo Grove.