Ox Notes: February 26, 2008

Sunday night’s Oscars were the lowest rated in the awards show’s history, drawing fewer viewers than this season’s American Idol premiere.

A spokesperson for the Academy told Us Magazine that actor Brad Renfro’s omission from the list of industry folks who died in the last year was an "editing decision." Posters in the article’s comments thread mentioned several other big names left out of the montage, including the great Robert Goulet.

TV Guide has the scoop on how Jimmy Kimmel managed to get so many stars to appear in the video for the song "I’m F–king Ben Affleck," which debuted on his post-Oscar special. Rebecca Romijn, who appears in the video, told Us, "It was so exciting to help celebrate their love for one another. They make a beautiful couple."

One of Penn Jillette’s preparations for competing on Dancing with the Stars 6 includes getting Botox treatment, at his wife’s request. Marlee Matlin will be wearing a special hearing aid during the competition.

DwtS host Tom Bergeron says of the upcoming season, "I don’t have a clue how this is going to play out."

Former DwtS contestant and occasional professional boxer Floyd Mayweather is getting paid $20 million by the WWE to wrestle a man 16 inches taller, and who outweighs Floyd by nearly 300 pounds.

The judges for Lifetime’s dance competition, Your Mama Don’t Dance, are Ben Vereen, Cris Judd, and Vitamin C.

The Futon Critic has a list of yesterday’s TV development news, including updates on the status of Lipstick Jungle and Women’s Murder Club. Also in the works is a new Paris Hilton reality show, in which she auditions potential new best friends.

Online series Quarterlife makes the jump to network TV tonight, debuting on NBC at 10 ET. The premiere episode goes on sale today at iTunes, as well.

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