Monthly Archives: February 2008

Ox Notes: February 21, 2008

ABC announced its spring plans, which include five new episodes of Lost, debuting on April 24.

Variety reports that the networks are eager to get hit programs back on the air, as new scripted shows haven’t performed well recently.

Critical darling Friday Night Lights is on the chopping block again, but NBC is working with other networks and cable outlets to share broadcast rights for a possible third season of the show.

CBS plans to trivialize divorce with a new game show called Splitsville, in which divorcing spouses compete against one another to win pieces of their communal property.

Survivor: Micronesia’s most recent castaway, Mary, spoke with People and TV Guide about the tribe of Fans and her romance with Ryan from Survivor: Pearl Islands.

If you didn’t catch the special Dancing with the Stars episode of Oprah this morning, you didn’t miss much. All of the former champs, except Apolo, performed with their partners, and Derek Hough taught a housewife who looked like Jennie Garth how to dance like Jennie Garth.

The Season 6 cast came out for the last ten minutes of the show, and Oprah only spoke with Priscilla Presley, Kristi Yamaguchi, Marlee Matlin, Penn Jillette, Jason Taylor, Mario, and Steve Guttenberg.

The highlight of the brief Q & A period was Steve Guttenberg feigning surprise that he’d be expected to dance, saying that ABC told him he’d signed on for The Bachelor.

People has a clip from the episode, as well as an interview with Marlee Matlin, in which she says essentially the same stuff she said on Oprah.

Priscilla Presley is understandably garnering more media attention than the other cast members at this point. But, based on the brief interviews she’s given this week on Oprah and Good Morning America, I’m not sure that’s going to last. She’s been soft-spoken and boring, and that doesn’t work in the short-answer style of interviewing that most shows employ.

Priscilla’s going to have to get enthusiastic and funny real fast if she expects DwtS viewers to vote for her for reasons other than nostalgia. Those qualities might even be more important than her dancing.

America’s Ballroom Challenge 3: International Latin

This was an episode of America’s Ballroom Challenge even Optimus Prime would love.

The International Latin round began with a farewell performance by Max Kozhevnikov & Yulia Zagoruychenko. Max dressed as an Indian brave, and Yulia dressed as a turkey — a very sexy turkey. It was a terrific final performance that made me even sadder that they won’t be competing together anymore.

Then it was time for the group dance round. Co-host Ron Montez praised Anna Trebunskaya & Pavlo Barsuk as an up-and-coming couple to watch, and Anna’s dress was fabulous. But the judges awarded them sixth place, and named Andrei Gavriline & Elena Kryuchkova the winners.

Things got interesting in the showdance round. Vaidotas Skimelis & Jurga Pupelyte did an authentic disco-era cha cha that was my favorite performance of the night. But the judges gave them second place, and awarded first to Ilya Ifraimov & Nadia Goulina for their Transformers-inspired routine. I’m not sure what was funnier, the clips of Optimus Prime saying, "Transformers, roll out" that peppered Ilya & Nadia’s music, or Ron Montez saying, "It looks like they’re going to attempt to do a little paso doble…robot style."

Because of their first place finish in the group dance round and their fourth place finish in the showdance round, Andrei & Elena will represent the International Latin division in next week’s America’s Ballroom Challenge finale.

I don’t want to get my hopes up until I see something official on pbs.org, but there was a clip of Max & Yulia performing another dance in the finale preview. A second farewell performance? Could I be so lucky?

Ox Notes: February 20, 2008

People has a special feature on the Dancing with the Stars 6 contestants, along with some well-chosen quotes from the participants. Steve Guttenberg, on his love life: "No girlfriend. No wife. We gotta hook the Gutt up. The Gutt needs a date!"

When DwtS returns on March 17, former contestant Mel B will serve as a guest correspondent for Access Hollywood.

There’s no need to wait until next month to watch ballroom dancing on TV. Tonight’s episode of America’s Ballroom Challenge features the International Latin championship. DwtS pro Anna Trebunskaya is one of the competitors, and Max Kozhevnikov & Yulia Zagoruychenko give a farewell exhibition performance.

Also on TV tonight, Discovery has a special 100th episode of Mythbusters, in which Adam & Jamie test some of MacGyver’s most creative escape methods.

Ahead of this evening’s Project Runway reunion special, TV Guide interviewed the four remaining contestants.

Fox updated its spring schedule to make room for new episodes of Bones and House. And NBC said that it will be changing to a 52-week programming schedule in order to offer season and series premieres throughout the year, instead of concentrating them in the fall.

I’ve never watched the MTV sketch comedy show Human Giant, but with list of guest stars that includes Will Arnett and David Cross, I’m inclined to check out the second season when it debuts on March 11.

Variety’s Brian Lowry blasts TV news outlets for acting as though they’re merely commenting on the presidential elections, and not influencing them by endlessly repeating gossip about the candidates and speculating on their electability.

NBC announced its plans to offer free episodes of vintage TV shows online on several websites. At last, I’ll be able to catch up on TekWar.

Ox Notes: February 19, 2008

The newly revealed cast of Dancing with the Stars 6 will be featured on Oprah this Thursday, February 21.

DwtS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy explained to Extra that he asked producers to sit out of Season 6 so that he could focus on his dance studios, but said he’ll likely perform on a Results Show.

Wendy Wilson of the soft-rock trio Wilson Phillips gets parenting help from Jo Frost on this week’s episode of Supernanny, premiering Wednesday night on ABC.

Fox is also enlisting the help of some former rock stars, only they’ll be singing on Don’t Forget the Lyrics. Thursday night’s episode features Boyz II Men, while Bret Michaels of Poison and Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon are scheduled to appear on future episodes.

Drummer Marky Ramone might not be appearing on TV this week, but he may be headlining a bedroom near you. Well, not Marky himself, but his limited edition signature condoms.

Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk has a role in the upcoming film adaptation of the video game Street Fighter.

Reality Blurred explains why CBS won’t cancel Big Brother, despite complaints from autism groups outraged at contestant Adam’s boneheaded comments.

Martha Stewart expanded her empire by purchasing the Emeril Lagasse franchise. Martha gets the rights to Emeril’s cookbooks and TV shows, but he retains control of his restaurants.

DwtS 6: Cast List Announcement


Female Celebs:


Male Celebs:

 

So, who are you excited to to see dance, and which celebs are already on your hit list?

ABC’s web announcement (Thanks, Imee!):
http://abc.go.com/primetime/dancingwiththestars/index?pn=announcement

Ox Notes: February 18, 2008

When the cast of Dancing with the Stars 6 is announced tonight during the Dance War finale, magician Penn Jillette’s name may be on the list. Penn’s partner, Teller, had no comment.

I’m going to be pumped if this next rumor proves to be true. Steve Guttenberg says he’ll be dancing during Season 6.

One name that definitely won’t be on the pro list is Maksim Chmerkovskiy. An ABC spokesperson told People, "He just needs a break."

TV Guide’s After the WGA Strike episode chart has the return dates for several CW shows. Smallville is on hiatus until March 13, and Gossip Girl returns with new episodes on April 21.

An article at Variety examines why networks are still interested in importing successful cable shows, even after production has resumed on network shows.

Variety’s Brian Lowry writes about how the Internet may have played a part in making strike negotiations more hostile and less productive than they should have been.

Advocacy group Autism United wants an apology from CBS, after Big Brother contestant Adam said he wanted to open a hair salon for people with developmental disabilities, "so retards can get it together and get their hair done."

If you can believe it, Adam says that he currently works for an autism group. Just a hunch, but I bet he’ll have to look for a new job once he’s evicted from the Big Brother house.

Ox Notes: February 15, 2008

The networks have decided to hold a scaled-down version of their upfronts in May, where they will debut pilots for the upcoming season. The demand for pilot scripts, as well as new scripts for shows that got additional episode orders this season, mean that many writers will be working non-stop for the next few months.

NBC announced that Heroes, Life, and Chuck will definitely be back for the 2008-09 season. CBS picked up 11 shows for next season, but has yet to decide the fates of several shows, including How I Met Your Mother and Moonlight.

Plans for the Oscars telecast are on track for the February 24 ceremony. I plan to watch the show just to see Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova perform "Falling Slowly" from Once, my favorite film of the year.

Tina Fey will host the first new episode of Saturday Night Live, which returns on February 23. Ellen Page, star of the movie Juno, will host the following week.

David Attenborough’s final nature documentary series, Life in Cold Blood, is currently airing on the BBC. The famed naturalist has decided to retire at the age of 81.

Survivor: Micronesia wasn’t a big waste of time for the first two ousted castaways, Jonny Fairplay and Mary Sartain. When they returned to California after the taping, Fairplay introduced Mary to Ryan Opray, his buddy from Survivor: Pearl Islands. The two friends of Fairplay hit it off and are planning to get married.

Looks like Rami isn’t the only Project Runway designer who can’t take criticism gracefully. In an interview with People, Sweet P should’ve stopped after she said that Roberto Cavalli’s criticism was "a bummer." Instead, she continued: "Cavalli isn’t really my aesthetic. He’s a great designer, but there are other people I like better."

You might want to set your Tivo now to record Dance War on Monday night. That way you can fast forward through all of the singing to get to the Dancing with the Stars 6 cast announcement.

Greg is getting a jump on his three-day weekend and sent me this video collection of stupid Wheel of Fortune contestants, which is a great way to kill time on a Friday. If you can solve the puzzle "E_clusi_e Nightclub," you’re way ahead of these poor saps.