Ox Notes: February 27, 2008

Dancing with the Stars pros Cheryl Burke and Julianne Hough told People that the biggest challenge rehearsing for this season is compensating for the tall stature of their new partners, Cristian de la Fuente and Adam Carolla, respectively. If they’re having trouble, I can only imagine what Kym Johnson must be going through, working with the 6’6" Penn Jillette.

Perhaps Louis van Amstel’s new instructional DVD set, Learn to Dance Like the Stars, might have some tips for Cheryl and Julianne. The 8-disc set will retail for $119.99 when it’s released on April 8.

ABC will air a Bachelor "Where Are They Now?" special on March 10, one week before the season premieres of DwtS and The Bachelor. The network hopes to give a boost to new comedy Miss/Guided by airing a sneak preview of the show on March 18, right after the second night of DwtS competition.

The Emmys are considering adding an award for Best Reality Show Host. DwtS host Tom Bergeron is my pick, but I wouldn’t blame them for giving the inaugural award to Jeff Probst in honor of his 16 seasons of service on Survivor.

The final episode of America’s Ballroom Challenge 3 airs tonight on PBS. The top four couples will each perform a short and long routine to determine the winners, and retiring couples Tony Dovolani & Elena Grinenko and Max Kozhevnikov & Yulia Zagoruychenko will give farewell performances.

Yesterday, on the same day that the writers officially approved their new contract with the studios, CBS chief Les Moonves said that the strike may have ultimately saved the networks money by forcing them to change the way they develop new shows.

Reality Blurred has a recap of how last night’s episode of Big Brother dealt with the recent hospitalization of two contestants. Meanwhile, justice prevailed outside the Big Brother house: slur-spewing contestant Adam has been fired from his job with the United Autism Foundation.

Finally, more news about the making of Jimmy Kimmel’s "I’m F—ing Ben Affleck" video. Kimmel told People that the car sporting the "Honk If You’re F—ing Ben Affleck" bumper sticker driven by Harrison Ford in the video is Ford’s actual car.

Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, who was as amused as I was by Huey Lewis’ cameo in the video, explained to MTV that participating in the shoot was a no-brainer: "Who would [turn] down the chance to do some homoerotic song that has Brad Pitt in it?"

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