Ox Notes: July 16, 2008

Us Weekly reports that Grey’s Anatomy‘s writers are considering giving Katherine Heigl’s character, Izzie, a brain tumor as a "way of screwing with [Heigl]."

Katie Holmes will make a guest appearance on ABC’s Eli Stone this fall.

John O’Hurley told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he and Charlotte Jorgensen are planning a return to Dancing with the Stars.

NBC Universal is selling special merchandise from several of its most popular shows (e.g., The Office, Heroes, and Battlestar Galactica) at Comic-Con. Fortunately for those of us who won’t be attending Comic-Con, the items are available for purchase online.

Variety reports that original programming has given the networks a modest increase in viewers, compared to last summer.

Ahead of tonight’s Project Runway 5 premiere, Bravo seems to be trying to spoil the season, sending critics video of the complete first episode — including the elimination — for review, and announcing all of the challenges for the entire season. Guess Bravo execs took the show’s move to Lifetime for Season 6 a little personally.

Tonight’s episode of The Colbert Report will feature a performance by one of my favorite bands: Rush. Unfortunately, they’re scheduled to perform "Tom Sawyer," one of my least favorite songs. But it could’ve been worse. They could’ve played "Roll the Bones."