Ox Notes: March 31, 2008

Mario is spending today perfecting his Tango for tonight’s Dancing with the Stars 6 Performance Show, and trying to debunk rumors that he and Karina Smirnoff are more than just dance partners.

Marissa Jaret Winokur tells Us that she’s been struggling to turn over complete control to Tony Dovolani during rehearsals.

Tom Bergeron revealed that, at last Tuesday’s Results Show, Paula Abdul begged him to compete on the next season of Dancing with the Stars.

When this season of DwtS ends, Cheryl Burke will have her hands full running her new San Francisco studio: Cheryl Burke Dance.

Former Dancing with the Stars competitor Floyd Mayweather, Jr. won his match at Wrestlemania over the weekend.

Jon Kelley, a former Chicago sports anchor, is the new host of The Mole.

NBC is preparing to announce its programming plans for summer and fall, which look to be heavy on escapism and light on reruns.

A disagreement between the two major actors’ unions has increased the odds that Hollywood could face another strike this summer.

The Amazing Race 12’s goth couple, Kynt & Vyxsin, visited the junior high school where, last month, 15-year-old Lawrence King was killed by a fellow student for being gay. King’s teacher said that Kynt & Vyxsin are the only celebrities who’ve offered to visit the school and speak with students.