Ox Notes: October 31, 2007

There are two big stories in TV-land today. First, of course, is Sabrina Bryan’s elimination from Dancing with the Stars. After Marie Osmond and Jane Seymour spent Monday night complaining to the press that the older competitors were being judged unfairly, they have to be pleased with the results.

Jane, by the way, is recovering from her bout of food poisoning after a trip to the hospital.

Many of Sabrina’s other cast members were outraged by the results. Melanie Brown told OK! that she was demanding a recount. Helio Castroneves told TV Guide, "I couldn’t believe it," and former DwtSer Lisa Rinna said, "It wasn’t the right time for her to go. This season’s all messed up."

But perhaps the strongest response was from Carrie Ann Inaba, who cried as she told People, "This is an outrage and an upset. It’s so disappointing and heartbreaking, not to mention complete shock. How do you explain Sabrina leaving? She’s been at the top of the leader board from week one. Everyone assumed she’d be in the finale."

In the same article, Anna Trebunskaya, also crying, said, "She was one of the best performers on the show ever. I think the show might suffer a little bit because the level of dancing will go down. It’s so sad that America didn’t vote for the best dancer. She was so clearly the best."

Sabrina tried to look at the bright side of her experience during her interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live: "I was at a Spice Girl’s house last night!" Apparently, Mel B had gotten bored after Monday’s Performance Show and asked Sabrina to come over and hang out.

The other big story out of Hollywood is the looming writer’s strike, which could go into effect tomorrow. Variety has an article giving a thorough explanation of how a strike will affect viewers and what the networks’ contingency plans are.

The shows that will be affected most immediately are the late night talk shows. Not only will Jay Leno and David Letterman have to turn to reruns, but a strike would also mean no new episodes of Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, or The Colbert Report.