Ox Notes: July 14, 2008

Of course, the biggest Dancing with the Stars news of the summer breaks as soon as I go on vacation. Late last week, reports leaked that Lance Bass may join the cast of DwtS 7. Since Bass is openly gay, it’s rumored that he may dance with a male partner. Steve Guttenberg & Jonathan Roberts’ "Mango" went over well last season, so why not?

Former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler told OK! that she’s trying to use her friendship with fellow country musician and DwtS pro Julianne Hough to garner a spot in Season 7’s cast.

Upon his retirement from professional boxing, DwtS 5 contestant Floyd Mayweather, Jr. accused the HBO network of racial bias against African-American boxers.

EW has the scoop on the meaning behind the "IV REAL" t-shirts worn by several of the dancers on Thursday’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance.

Katherine Heigl’s decision to withdraw herself from Emmy consideration because she felt that her character didn’t have enough a strong enough storyline so irked Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes that Rhimes is reportedly considering killing off Heigl’s character, Izzie.

Variety reports that The CW’s future depends on a successful fall TV season.

The contestants of Project Runway 5 were finally announced today. The season premieres Wednesday night at 9 ET on Bravo.

The Mole returns tonight to ABC with a recap show at 9 ET, followed by an all-new episode at 10 ET. Producers of the show fear that a poor ratings performance tonight could lead to the show’s cancellation, and have started the website savethemole.com. If you’re a fan of the show, be sure you tune in tonight.