Ox Notes: August 15, 2008

ABC is in hot water over a memo that seemingly encourages its producers to find ways to avoid paying licensing fees for international show formats. The network has had much success adapting U.K. shows for American audiences, including Wife Swap, Supernanny, and, of course, Dancing with the Stars.

Reality Blurred kept an eye on the workroom clock during the most recent episode of Project Runway. Based on the times shown on the clock during different segments, there’s an awful lot of editing that takes place before an episode ever makes it to air.

Variety has an article about the nominees in the Emmy category of Best Reality Show Host.

Despite Moonlight‘s cancellation, Alex O’Loughlin has signed a talent holding deal with CBS.

Barry Bostwick, who played Brad in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, thinks remaking the cult classic is a bad idea.

There are a number of new items up for bid at Clothes Off Our Backs, the celebrity charity auction site, including a maternity shirt worn by Dancing with the Stars co-host Samantha Harris.

Speaking of DwtS, ESPN’s Patrick Hruby marvels that the International Olympic Committee hasn’t made ballroom dancing an Olympic sport yet, given the enormous popularity of ballroom dancing shows in countries around the world.

In case you’d like to plan your weekend around Olympic viewing, you can find the television schedule at NBC’s official Olympics website.

I plan on spending a little quality time at Quigley’s Pub this weekend, watching some of the matches from the opening weekend of English Premier League soccer, decked out in my new Liverpool jersey (my final birthday present). You’ll never walk alone!