Ox Notes: June 10, 2008

Members of the Writers Guild joined SAG members at a solidarity rally yesterday, where speakers urged SAG members with dual membership in AFTRA to delay voting on AFTRA’s new contract with the studios. However, SAG’s own leadership is split over the new anti-AFTRA strategy.

I’m waiting to see if The Mole‘s ratings improved on last week’s dismal numbers. After watching last night’s new episode, I realized that part of the problem inherent in the format is that viewers have no way to predict who will be eliminated, nor any idea why the eliminated player was sent home. Reality Blurred suspects that unlikeable players like Paul might also keep viewers from investing in the show.

Reality Blurred also has a list of the reported cast members of Celebrity Rehab 2, which inexplicably includes police brutality victim Rodney King.

Brody Jenner of The Hills is looking to add a member to his entourage via an MTV "dating" show titled Bromance.

Speaking of MTV shows, Shane Sparks says his duties on America’s Best Dance Crew won’t keep him from participating in So You Think You Can Dance. Sparks is choreographing a group hip-hop number for the June 17th episode of SYTYCD.

The second season of America’s Best Dance Crew premiered on Saturday, featuring the Xtreme Dance Force — a group of guys who honed their craft on the mean streets of north Naperville (assuming that a street with a Gap Baby store on it can also be mean). Vote for the boyz from my ‘hood here.

Another SYTYCD choreographer, Tyce Diorio (whose real name is Keith), made his debut as a judge on last night’s premiere of TLC’s Master of Dance. The show, hosted by Dancing with the Stars vet Joey Lawrence, got a negative review from the Boston Herald. The first two half-hour episodes will rerun on Sunday night at 9 ET.

DwtS vet Stacy Keibler has joined the cast of ABC Family’s Samurai Girl. And DwtS pro Cheryl Burke is looking forward to taking her first vacation in three years.

Sharon Osbourne has reportedly signed on for the next edition of the U.K.’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Bill Moyers, host of the best news program on television, will appear on tonight’s episode of Countdown with Keith Olbermann (MSNBC, 8 ET) to talk about being ambushed recently by a producer for Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. Several news outlets were on hand to record the naive producer get politely, but decisively, owned by Moyers. It’s worth watching the below video just to see the producer slink off after having his ass handed to him in front of about a dozen reporters.

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