Ox Notes: November 27, 2007

Although comment posters here at MOIB seem to appreciate the Dancing with the Stars judges actually judging again, Julianne Hough did not. She told TV Guide, "It sucked the energy out of [the room]."

In the same Backstage Report, Donny Osmond agreed with Julianne: "The judges put a dark cloud over this whole show. The dancers and the celebrities were all nervous. Come on, this is the finale. Give them some encouragement."

There’s plenty of injury talk in the Backstage Report as well, raising the question: Is the Dancing with the Stars season too long? I’d be okay if they cut the season from ten weeks to eight, or if they only went to two dances per week for the last two weeks of the show.

Former DwtS contestant Paulina Porizkova has replaced Twiggy as a judge for the next season of America’s Next Top Model.

Fans of So You Think You Can Dance will be delighted to learn that Cat Deeley will host Fox’s New Year’s Eve Live countdown.

You can tell that TV writers are on strike when CBS starts hyping a special featuring Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, and Sam Waterston skiing for charity.

Speaking of the strike, a survey by the Writers Guild of America found that the average reality TV writer loses out on nearly $40,000 of overtime pay each year. 86% of reality TV writers don’t have employer-provided health insurance, either.

As promised on the most recent episode of Project Runway, Victorya Hong’s dress will be sold at Steve & Barry’s as part of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Bitten clothing line.

And one week after appearing on The Bachelor’s "After the Final Rose" special as one of the show’s few success stories, Mary Delgado socked her fiance, Bachelor Number 6 Byron Velvick, in the mouth. There’s something very comforting about the headline "Bachelor Punched In Face."