Ox Notes: January 10, 2008

At her 40th birthday bash, Carrie Ann Inaba said that she hopes gold medalist Nadia Comeneci will join the cast of Dancing with the Stars 6. Comeneci told E! that she’s "dying to do it," while another Olympic prospect, Michelle Kwan, says she’s too busy for DwtS right now.

Meanwhile, DwtS co-host Samantha Harris is publicly begging George Clooney to do the show, but we all know that’s never going to happen.

Former DwtS contestant Laila Ali is working to become the female Ryan Seacrest (who’s everywhere, all at the same time), adding Early Show correspondent to her ever-growing resume.

Another of Laila Ali’s projects, American Gladiators, has done so well in the timeslot once occupied by Chuck that NBC bumped the few remaining new episodes of the scripted comedy to Thursday nights.

Another new dance group competition show, Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew, premieres on MTV on February 7, with celebrity judges Mario Lopez, JC Chasez, and Shane Sparks. RJPABDC isn’t as catchy an acronym as SYTYCD.

Variety’s Brian Lowry writes that the cancellation of the Golden Globes presentation is a good thing because it prevents the award show burnout TV audiences has experienced in recent years as networks try to elevate every award to the same level of importance.

American Idol contestants Katherine McPhee, Ruben Studdard, and Taylor Hicks are further proof that network overexposure doesn’t always yield the anticipated rewards: they’ve all been dropped from their recording labels in recent weeks due to poor album sales.

I finally noticed all of the Project Runway extras featured at Bravo’s website, and they are a great way to kill time (obviously, don’t click on the links if you recorded last night’s episode and haven’t watched it yet). You can rate all of the outfits, and several of the designers dish about the challenge in the Burning Questions blog. Tim Gunn shares his thoughts on each designer’s work in his blog, and he admits that he didn’t agree with the judges’ choice for winning design this week. Did you?

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