Ox Notes: August 13, 2007

Dancing with the Stars’ Ashly DelGrosso gave birth to a baby boy on July 27th, and her website has pics of little Ammon Michael.

CBS Television Distribution is hoping to create new Internet superstars on Big Shot with a little help from its other property, Entertainment Tonight. You’ve got until January 7 to perfect your best dramatic look:

NBC is working on syndicating a half-hour version of Deal or No Deal, and the network is trying to save money by lowering the maximum prize to $250,000 and cutting back on briefcase girls.

Just what the world needs — a reality show about the Harlem Globetrotters.

If none of the three above show ideas excites you, here’s why: they are all versions of the same reality show formats we’ve seen already. Variety’s Josef Adalian gives an overview of this summer’s reality fare, and why it failed to produce any breakout hits like Survivor or Dancing with the Stars.