Ox Notes: October 13, 2008

Entertainment Tonight interviewed Rocco DiSpirito & Karina Smirnoff and Brooke Burke & Derek Hough as they rehearsed for tonight’s Dancing with the Stars 7 Performance Show. E! has video of Maurice Greene & Cheryl Burke rehearsing their new routine.

DwtS pro Kym Johnson and judge Carrie Ann Inaba spoke with People about Cheryl’s decision to publicly discuss the criticism she’s taken for gaining five pounds over the summer.

Carrie Ann may soon find herself nominated for an Emmy. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences plans to add a category for best reality TV show judge.

Comedian Kathy Griffin thinks her two Emmys entitle her to a bigger salary for her show My Life on the D-List. I agree.

In other Dancing with the Stars news, pro wrestler Ric "The Nature Boy" Flair told TMZ that he’s ready to fill in for injured competitor Misty May-Treanor. I think you’ll have to wait for Season 8, Nature Boy. Woo!

Cloris Leachman will be the Grand Marshal of the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade.

It took prompting from comedy legend Carl Reiner to convince DwtS host Tom Bergeron to start writing his memoirs.

YouTube is now streaming full episodes of the original Star Trek, Dexter and Beverly Hills, 90210, none of which are as amusing as Yacht Rock, Episode 1, which explains the story behind the song "What a Fool Believes."