Ox Notes: January 8, 2008

The Golden Globes Award ceremony has officially been canceled. The gala show has been replaced by an hour-long press conference to announce the winners, broadcast exclusively on NBC on Sunday night. I’m not sure why anyone but the press would watch the press conference since there will be no stars in attendance, and the results will be available online as soon as the broadcast ends.

The Hulkster’s daughter, Brooke Hogan, has apparently auditioned for Dancing with the Stars producers.

Tennis player and star of the horrendous Age of Love, Mark Philippoussis, is also jockeying for a spot on DwtS. Mercifully, it’s just the Australian version of the show, and not the U.S. edition.

TV Guide’s Matt Roush posted his thoughts on the return of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report last night. Of the two shows, I thought The Colbert Report fared better without a script than The Daily Show did.

Another late night talk show, Real Time with Bill Maher, returns this weekend.

To fill the void left by the writers strike, CBS is editing the first season of the Showtime show Dexter for network primetime. The first episode of the series premieres on CBS on February 17.

After several seasons off the air, ABC plans to bring back reality competition show The Mole this summer. Unfortunately, the show’s original host, Anderson Cooper, won’t be back.

American Gladiators’ Sunday night ratings victory over a preview of new scripted series Cashmere Mafia prompted Variety’s Kathy Lyford to wonder what motivation the studios have to make a deal with writers when reality series do better in the ratings. She does have a point.

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