Ox Notes: March 4, 2008

Miami Dolphins exec Bill Parcells says the team is not planning to trade defensive end and Dancing with the Stars 6 contestant Jason Taylor.

Following up on a story in yesterday’s Ox Notes, the Food Network has fired chef Robert Irvine, host of Dinner: Impossible.

Speaking of TV personalities in trouble, Jackass’ Steve-O was arrested after he got into a fight with his neighbor about a fence.

Turner networks TNT and TBS announced plans for more original programming, although I think Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s lion’s mane hairdo would make it impossible for me to take new TNT drama Raising the Bar seriously.

On the same day that CW renewed six shows for another season, the network cut 25 staff members and permanently downsized its comedy department. Three of my favorite shows — Gossip Girl, Smallville, and Supernatural — were among those renewed, although I’m wondering how much longer they can drag out Smallville. An eighth season of Lana & Clark fighting about keeping secrets from one another and then making up seems like enough.

Reality Blurred has a post about the ratings success of some of this season’s new shows about dancing.

This year’s Idol Gives Back charity special will include appearances by Bono and Snoop Dogg.

Idol judge Simon Cowell is making a movie for Paramount about Paul Potts, the cell phone salesman who won 2007’s Britain’s Got Talent. If you haven’t seen Potts’ winning rendition of "Nessun Dorma," you’re in for a treat.

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