Monthly Archives: February 2008

Ox Notes: February 7, 2008

TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello recently dropped by the Dancing with the Stars Tour, and he interviewed the pros for his vodcast. He also broke the news that Cheryl Burke and Matthew Lawrence are no longer dating.

DwtS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy is scheduled to make a guest appearance on All My Children on February 26.

Ahead of tonight’s debut of Survivor: Micronesia, Jeff Probst revealed that the cast spent most of the season battered by storms. CBS also announced that they’ve expanded their Survivor branding to a line of sunflower seeds and a "Survivor Fitness Program," in which participants compete in challenges seen on the show. I’m glad the Fitness Program is debuting in Chicago this spring, because it sounds like fun.

Also, in advance of tonight’s new episodes of Smallville and Supernatural, TV Guide has an interview with a superhero making his return to Smallville, and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke answers fans’ questions.

With only 18 days until the Oscars, organizers still don’t know if any of the stars will actually show up.

Due to a contractual conflict, Val Kilmer has replaced Will Arnett as the voice of K.I.T.T. in the Knight Rider TV movie. Arnett voices commercials for GMC Trucks, and K.I.T.T. is a Ford Mustang.

The Project Runway 4 finalists, whomever they may be, are scheduled to debut their collections this Friday as part of Fashion Week. Ousted Season 4 contestants Victorya and Elisa presented their own collections earlier this week.

Bravo’s Project Runway blogs are unexpectedly candid this week. Tim Gunn provided his usual astute observations about last night’s designs, but Michael Kors let loose on Ricky for being a cry baby. Christian even called Ricky a liar.

Ricky, Sweet P, and Christian all contributed the Burning Questions Blog, and all of them sounded as though they thought the wrestling challenge was beneath them. While Christian thinks that most challenges are beneath him, Sweet P and Ricky sound like they’re making excuses. They need only look at the outfits made by Chris, Christian, and Jillian to see how precise execution of a good concept can make any outfit look chic.

America’s Ballroom Challenge 3: American Rhythm

With the retirement of reigning champs Tony Dovolani & Elena Grinenko, competition in the American Rhythm division was fierce.

Tony & Elena gave a farewell performance to kick off the second episode of America’s Ballroom Challenge 3.

All of the couples looked strong during the group dance, including married couple Felipe & Carolina Telona. I wasn’t as impressed with Carolina’s outfit, which looked like something you’d find in the Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog. The group dance round victory went to Jose Decamps & Joanna Zacharewicz.

Jose & Joanna shined again during the showdance round, and their mambo to music from West Side Story earned them a second victory and a chance to compete again in the season finale. Their dance was my favorite, although I also enjoyed the performance by Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine & Julia Gorchakova. One of Emmanuel’s booty-slap moves prompted host Jasmine Guy to mutter, "Drop it like it’s hot."

Jose & Joanna’s win was well deserved, but I hope that Jose watched tonight’s episode and saw how unprofessional he looked making weird, cocky faces after the results were announced. As the saying goes, act like you’ve been there before.

Ox Notes: February 6, 2008

PBS.org posted a list of couples competing in the American Rhythm division on tonight’s episode of America’s Ballroom Challenge. A pair of Dancing with the Stars pros is scheduled to perform an exhibition routine.

Given how careful politicians have to be when mingling with Hollywood folk, I’m guessing Hillary Clinton won’t accept this invitation to dance at one of the remaining DwtS Tour shows.

Craig Ferguson has been tapped to entertain at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, just weeks after becoming an American citizen.

Comedy Central announced that it plans to roast Willie Nelson. Expect lots of jokes about weed and tax evasion.

As part of its new development strategy, NBC has skipped filming a pilot for Kath & Kim, and instead picked up the series for six episodes.

So You Think You Can Dance’s Cat Deeley will host Lifetime’s new dating show, The Big Match.

CBS announced the cast for the new season of Big Brother, which will feature a twist. Each contestant will be paired with another contestant the network has deemed their "soul mate." The pairs will sleep in the same bed and compete together, and be eliminated together as well.

All but one of the contestants are in their twenties, with the lone exception being a 45-year-old single mom. Nice of the producers to humiliate both the mom and the man she’s paired with, who’ll no doubt be confused as to why he wasn’t paired with a young, childless vixen.

Ox Notes: February 5, 2008

According to TV Guide, the WGA is set to review the terms of the new contract on Saturday. George Clooney is optimistic that the strike will be over soon.

In other news of unfair employment practices, there’s reason to believe that Montel Williams’ talk show was canceled after he suggested during an appearance on Fox and Friends that the media should spend less time talking about Heath Ledger and more time talking about U.S. soldiers who’ve died in Iraq.

I’m having trouble fathoming that the Super Bowl averaged nearly 100 million viewers.

While it didn’t draw near the number of viewers as the Super Bowl, Survivor: China’s strong ratings helped save the series from cancellation.

The Travel Channel is holding a contest where fans of No Reservations can win the chance to travel with Anthony Bourdain for a special episode of the show.

I’m going to have to start watching Stargate Atlantis now that The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager has joined the cast.

ABC announced that the next Bachelor is a British guy named Matt Grant. Why couldn’t they have found someone with a more British sounding first name, like Basil or Alastair?

Ox Notes: February 4, 2008

It looks as though the strike might be coming to an end. The writers and studios have apparently reached agreement on the most contentious issues, and a final contract could be issued as early as Friday. The WGA will email its members when it officially signs the new contract.

Once the strike ends, ABC plans on shooting new episodes of popular shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, and Brothers & Sisters to be aired in April or May. And NBC plans to get right to work filming the comedy pilot The Man of Your Dreams.

Fox has ordered 13 more episodes of the reprehensible game show The Moment of Truth.

When Discovery launches the Planet Green channel in June, one of its flagship shows will no doubt be Supper Club, an eco-friendly celebrity chat show hosted by Tom Bergeron.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette interviewed Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke ahead of the DwtS Tour’s show in Massachusetts.

DwtS 6 cast rumors are coming fast and furious these days. Reality Blurred mentions Donald Trump’s ex, Marla Maples, as a possible contestant. And Entertainment Weekly reports that ABC is courting deaf actress Marlee Matlin for a spot on the show.

Reality TV World quotes an article in the February 10 edition of TV Guide in which Louis van Amstel says that Paula Abdul told him that she’d like to compete on Dancing with the Stars. While she would obviously be unable to participate in Season 6, she is presumably available for Season 7. I’m hoping that ABC wants to avoid the circus that is Paula Abdul and would tell her a polite, "Thanks, but no thanks."

Super Bowl Alternatives

Sunday night TV is going to be dominated by Super Bowl XLII. But what if you’re not a football fan?

Fear not, TV viewers. Plenty of cable networks have scheduled marathons to compete with the Super Bowl, including some special halftime programming to run counter to Tom Petty’s performance.

Here’s a sampling of some of the marathons and other special programming set to run through the Super Bowl (all start times Eastern):

Puppy Bowl IV — Animal Planet, 3 p.m.
I find watching puppies running around on a miniature football field endlessly entertaining. That might not say much about my entertainment standards, but you’ve gotta admit that the Kitty Halftime Show is darn cute.

Death Wish — AMC, Noon
AMC runs all five of the Death Wish movies, back-to-back. Didn’t realize there were five of them, did you?

Spike the Ball Weekend — Spike, 2 p.m.
Spike interrupts footage of animals attacking people with a halftime show featuring competitive eaters chowing on hard-boiled eggs and ham.

Movies Women Want — TBS, 9:30 a.m.
I am not one of the women who wants to see the film Fools Rush In twice in one day.

Miss America Reality Check — TLC, 5 p.m.
All four episodes of the reality show about the Miss America pageant, followed by a rebroadcast of the pageant itself.

The Closer — TNT, Noon

Figure Skating — ESPN, 4:30 p.m.

World’s Strongest Man — ESPN 2, 6 p.m.

Mythbusters — Discovery, 9 a.m.

Law & Order SVU — USA, 11 a.m.

Law & Order Criminal Intent — Bravo, 6 p.m.

Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew — VH1, 6:30 p.m.