Ox Notes: February 14, 2008

Now that scripted shows have gone back into production, CBS and NBC announced return dates for some of their hit shows. Fox likewise announced its plans for the summer, included a May 22 premiere for the fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance.

About 100 writers who had contracts prior to the strike are currently out of work because their projects were terminated by the networks during the strike.

Zap2It has bios of the cast members of Bravo’s Step It Up & Dance, which premieres April 3.

TV Guide has an interview with the first castaway booted from Survivor: Micronesia, Jonny Fairplay.

TV Guide also interviewed DJ Lance Rock, host of Nick Jr.’s Yo Gabba Gabba. I’d only seen clips of the show on The Soup, so in the interest of journalistic integrity, I watched part of an episode this morning. Holy crap, the show is mesmerizing.

Last night’s episode of Project Runway was mesmerizing as well, particularly when Chris decided to take a nap during the middle of the competition. That really annoyed Tim Gunn, who dropped an "I can’t want you to succeed more than you do" on Chris in his latest blog post.

Rami, in the Burning Questions blog, said that he’s not a fan of Roberto Cavalli’s work because he thought Cavalli was mean to him. Rami also admitted that PR is just a way to expose his work to a wider pool of celebrity clients. Based on the number of photos of stars wearing his clothes at his website, I’m not sure that Rami needs much help. Go Jillian or Christian!

Mark Burnett is adapting a Japanese game show for American audiences, and calling it The Shark Tank. Sadly, it’s not actually about competitors swimming through a tank filled with sharks. It’s a business show that sounds like a rip-off of The Apprentice. I am certain that it won’t be as cool as Hole in the Wall.