Ox Notes: May 19, 2008

Tonight’s final Dancing with the Stars 6 Performance Show will run a mere 62 minutes, in order to make way for a two-hour Bachelorette premiere. Reality TV Magazine has a schedule of events for both the Performance Show and tomorrow night’s Results Show.

(On a personal note, I’ll be attending an Emily Giffin booksigning tonight, so don’t be surprised if I can’t make it to the MOIB chatroom. Have fun while I’m away!)

Kristi Yamaguchi, who deserves kudos for diligently posting at her OK! Magazine blog throughout the season, wrote this morning that she and Mark Ballas have big plans for their freestyle routine. TV Guide has an interview with Kristi, who is Julianne Hough’s pick to win this season.

Entertainment Tonight caught up with Kristi & Mark and their fellow competitors, Cristian de le Fuente & Cheryl Burke, during rehearsals. ESPN has a report about Jason Taylor’s post-DwtS Hollywood plans.

Not to overlook the DwtS supporting cast, AfterElton has an interview with Bruno Tonioli, and the Palm Beach Post interviewed Samantha Harris.

In other reality show news, Project Runway is planning an all-star reunion special.

Fox is hoping to speed Survivor‘s demise by running ratings champs like Moment of Truth and Hell’s Kitchen against the aging franchise. With episodes of all three shows available for free online, will this aggressive counterprogramming even make a difference?

One network that is worrying about its declining ratings is The CW. TV Guide reports that the network could fold in 2009.

The CW’s problems are just part of a larger upheaval taking place in Hollywood, prompted in part by the writers strike, and which could worsen if the actors strike this summer. Variety has reports about a recent spate of stars firing their agents, and TV’s rush to get shows produced while they still have actors at their disposal.

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