Monthly Archives: October 2008

Ox Notes: October 24, 2008

Dancing with the Stars 7 cast and crew members are "downright concerned" that Cloris Leachman is still on the show, according to a story in The Chicago Sun-Times. A source inside DwtS told the paper that Susan Lucci and Samantha Harris are particularly bothered by Leachman’s antics, though Harris told ET, "I adore Cloris Leachman."

The Insider is soliciting videos from ladies who want to win a date with DwtS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy (thanks for the link, Deb!).

DwtS fans in the Orlando area can watch former DwtS pros Jonathan Roberts, Elena Grinenko and Jesse DeSoto perform at the Dancing for a Cure benefit on Saturday, October 25.

Survivor: Gabon host Jeff Probst wrote in a blog post for EW why he thinks Ace seems so untrustworthy: "It’s that damn accent."

FOX has shelved its disappointing game show Hole in the Wall with sixteen completed episodes still unaired.

Reality Blurred has the details on Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009 for the Wii, which doesn’t contain any of The Biggest Loser trainer’s trademark swearing.

Fans of Flight of the Conchords will want to visit the website of Dr. Ronald Chevalier. Trust me.

Who knew that viewing EW’s photo gallery of the 25 Cheesiest Syndicated TV Shows would make me so nostalgic for Acapulco H.E.A.T.?

In case you missed Supernatural last night, here’s Jensen Ackles’ lip-synched rendition of "Eye of the Tiger." You’ll enjoy the performance even if you’ve never seen the show before. Note the sound of the crew members chuckling off-camera.

Ox Notes: October 23, 2008

Apparently, Cheryl Burke’s public declarations that she’s happy with the way she looks weren’t good enough for some of her fellow Dancing with the Stars pros. Louis van Amstel and Maksim Chmerkovskiy said in the latest issue of TV Guide that both Cheryl and Lacey Schwimmer need to lose some weight. Classy, guys.

Julianne Hough blogged that she’s feeling fine after a trip to the hospital for stomach troubles.

TV Guide and People both filed reports from backstage at Tuesday night’s DwtS Results Show. Kim Kardashian blogged about the episode for MSN.

Starting in March, Alec Baldwin will be the permanent co-host of TCM’s weekly film showcase, The Essentials. Here’s a link to a list of the movies that will be featured on The Essentials for the rest of the year.

Also coming up on TCM is its special 48 Hours of Horror, featuring non-stop horror movies on October 30 and 31.

Speaking of scary stuff, two new DVD sets of Sesame Street episodes from the late 1960s and early ’70s contain warnings that the episodes are appropriate for adults only, lest children be exposed to Oscar’s grouchy attitude or Cookie Monster’s addiction, not to mention Cookie smoking a pipe (before he eats it). Naturally, I look forward to watching the DVDs with my 5-year-old niece, thereby enhancing my reputation as "Cool Aunt Kathy." You can watch a clip of the offending shows here.

The Chicago Tribune’s Maureen Ryan wants all of us to start watching The CW’s Privileged and Supernatural. I haven’t seen Privileged yet, but I love Supernatural. It’s the most consistently good show on TV.

As a bonus, tonight’s episode of Supernatural will be followed by a 90-second clip of Jensen Ackles lip-synching Survivor’s "Eye of the Tiger." I sure hope it can top his rendition of The Beatles’ "I Saw Her Standing There" (Jensen sings at the 1:10 mark in the song).

Ox Notes: October 22, 2008

Toni Braxton avoided the press after being voted off Dancing with the Stars 7 last night. She skipped interviews with Access Hollywood, E!, and Entertainment Tonight, though she did stop by Jimmy Kimmel Live. Her partner, Alec Mazo, only spoke to OK! Magazine.

Also absent from the post-show interviews was DwtS pro Julianne Hough, who went to the hospital for the treatment of stomach pains.

In the interviews linked above, Cody Linley revealed that he’ll dance the Samba next week, and Cloris Leachman said that she will Cha Cha. And, of course, the whole cast will perform a Hip-Hop routine.

Monday night’s DwtS Performance Show was watched by an audience of 18.6 million. Julianne Hough and Kim Kardashian blogged about the performances, while People filed a report about "What You Didn’t See" behind the scenes.

EW’s Annie Barrett posted a second video clip of her interview with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who spoke about his unofficial duties on the DwtS set, wrangling Cloris Leachman when she would wander off her mark. The interview was filmed on Friday, when Maks was still confident of the fans’ support for Toni Braxton and Susan Lucci.

People has an interview with Brooke & Marisa, the latest team eliminated from The Amazing Race.

Smallville‘s John Glover will return to primetime in a role on Brothers & Sisters.

The Chicago Tribune’s Maureen Ryan is not impressed with the scheduling moves NBC has made this season.

Variety has an article about what producers do after they leave the TV business.

Production just wrapped on Project Runway 6, and things don’t sound good for the show’s first season on Lifetime. The producers set up a fake Mood fabric store for the designers to shop in, and they didn’t use Michael Kors and Nina Garcia in every episode. Not a good idea.

DwtS 7, Week 5: Results

Toni Braxton only made it to the halfway point of DwtS 7. But at least she broke Alec Mazo’s curse, as she kept him from being the first pro eliminated this season.

The DwtS 7 Results Show started with a segment featuring Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba discussing the previous night’s performances. It gave the judges a chance to elaborate on the reasons behind their scores and suggest ideas on what the couples can do to improve.

Just before the judges awarded their encore to Cody Linley & Julianne Hough for their Jitterbug, Tom Bergeron revealed that Michael Flatley will fill in for Len next week.

Then, Michael Flatley lookalike Brian Setzer took the stage with his orchestra to perform "Rock This Town," accompanied by DwtS pros Louis van Amstel and Karina Smirnoff.

After Warren Sapp & Kym Johnson and Cloris Leachman & Corky Ballas learned that they were safe for another week, the Ballroom Kids competition resumed. Alisa & Anthony’s Jive lost to Maria & Mitchell’s Paso Doble.

The much-hyped Macy’s Stars of Dance performance followed, as a company of 26 dancers performed an elaborate number called "Dancing Through the Decades." It showcased dance styles from the 1930s, the 1960s, the 1980s, and — somehow — the future.

Finally, Toni Braxton & Alec Mazo and Susan Lucci & Tony Dovolani learned that they were in the Bottom Two. Again, Alec failed to reach the same level of success that he did in Season 1; he and Toni were eliminated.

The duo’s farewell song was Supertramp’s "Take the Long Way Home."

Ox Notes: October 21, 2008

After getting criticized by the judges for stealing the spotlight from Lance Bass in their West Coast Swing, new Dancing with the Stars pro Lacey Schwimmer made things worse by telling Access Hollywood that the judges don’t know what they’re talking about. She was equally huffy in this ET interview video.

Kym Johnson admitted to TV Guide that most of the DwtS pros found choreographing outside of the usual styles for this week’s show very stressful.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy stopped by the Entertainment Weekly offices before last night’s show to offer his thoughts on the four new dance styles.

Though it wasn’t shown in their rehearsal footage, Brooke Burke was taken to the hospital before yesterday’s Performance Show to have her foot X-rayed. Obviously, Brooke felt well enough to earn the highest scores from the judges, but OK! has the details of her injury.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra will perform the song "Rock This Town" on tonight’s Results Show, accompanied by the DwtS pros.

This is likely the last season for Len Goodman on one of the shows he judges (Strictly Come Dancing in the United Kingdom and Dancing with the Stars in the United States). According to the News of the World, Goodman’s leaning toward staying with DwtS, where he earns nearly three times the salary that he does on SCD.

Choreographer Shane Sparks spoke with TV Guide about preparations for the third season of America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV.

TV Guide also chatted with Fringe‘s Jasika Nicole on the possibility of utilizing her musical theater background on the show.

USA Today has an article about the music on Nickelodeon’s Yo Gabba Gabba!

Since I’m in a musical mood today, here’s a old punk song that my hubby forwarded me this morning: "Lights Out" by the Angry Samoans. Greg said that, for some reason, Lacey’s complaining made him think of this song.

DwtS 7, Week 5: Performances

The dance styles might’ve been new to Dancing with the Stars, but things stayed the same on the leaderboard.

While the idea of introducing four new dance styles to the show was an interesting one, the execution fell flat (for the most part) because the styles weren’t demonstrated in advance. I don’t know the technical rules for a Hustle or West Coast Swing, so I’m not sure if what I saw was good.

All I know is that the Jitterbug is cool, and I wish that all of the couples would’ve gotten the chance to perform it.

Lance Bass & Lacey Schwimmer — West Coast Swing
Lacey is a world champion in West Coast Swing, but this wasn’t a world champion-caliber routine. To make things worse, Lance fell during the performance. Len Goodman told Lacey to "show off your partner a little bit more." Bruno Tonioli reminded her, "It’s not Dance Around the Stars." Carrie Ann Inaba agreed with the other judges.

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Len…7, Bruno…7 = 21/30

Toni Braxton & Alec Mazo — West Coast Swing
This performance felt slow, and the tired Michael Jackson moves didn’t help. Bruno told Toni, "When you want to, you can actually deliver." Carrie Ann said Toni was "overdancing it." Len said, "Your potential is huge, and we’re just not seeing it."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Len…7, Bruno…8 = 22/30

Susan Lucci & Tony Dovolani — Hustle
This performance also felt slow, perhaps because Susan has two broken bones in her foot. Carrie Ann said, "I didn’t see an ounce of pain out there." Len told Tony, "You’re treating Susan like a china doll. Get out there and wow me." Bruno called the dance an "uptown girl hustle."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Len…7, Bruno…8 = 22/30

Warren Sapp & Kym Johnson — Hustle
Kym was the first choreographer to really take advantage of the fact that they could do lifts this week. Len cheered, "It was great!" Bruno said, "That’s a guy who really knows how to funk," and offered a bunch of sexual metaphors that probably had the censors wishing they’d pressed the button. Carrie Ann said, "You tapped into the nostalgia. Disco’s such a nostalgic dance."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…8, Len…8, Bruno…9 = 25/30

Cloris Leachman & Corky Ballas — Salsa
Not terrible, not great, but kudos to Cloris for dancing in high heels at age 82. Bruno said, "The old girl can still turn a trick." Carrie Ann told Cloris, "I love you." Len said, "You were hotter than a chili pepper."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Len…7, Bruno…7 = 21/30

Maurice Greene & Cheryl Burke — Salsa
This was Maurice’s best performance yet. Carrie Ann hugged Maurice. Len said, "You came out full bore and gave it your all." Bruno told Maurice, "You were like a master of theater tonight."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…9, Len…9, Bruno…9 = 27/30

Brooke Burke & Derek Hough — Jitterbug
Derek had to look up Jitterbug instructions on the Internet, but he and his reliable celeb partner, Brooke, delivered again. Len said, "You are consistently tops." Bruno called the performance "vigorous" and "upbeat." Carrie Ann asked, "Can I nitpick?" Brooke replied, "Yes, please," but Carrie Ann said, "I can’t! That was amazing!"

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…10, Len…9, Bruno…10 = 29/30

Cody Linley & Julianne Hough — Jitterbug
Their fun performance proved that everyone should’ve danced the Jitterbug tonight. Bruno said, "The frantic energy was incredible." Carrie Ann told Cody, "That was the perfect dance for you." Len said, "I liked it very much."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…10, Len…9, Bruno…9 = 28/30

Judges’ Leaderboard:
29 — Brooke & Derek
28 — Cody & Julianne
27 — Maurice & Cheryl
25 — Warren & Kym
22 — Toni & Alec, Susan & Tony
21 — Lance & Lacey, Cloris & Corky

As always, I’ve gotta give some of my votes to the leaders, Brooke & Derek. But Cody was a real surprise tonight. He got the right dance style, and he took advantage of it.

Cloris & Corky will undoubtedly be back in the Bottom Two this week, but who will join them? My hunch is that Lance & Lacey will skate by, and that Toni & Alec will join Cloris & Corky. But, for her own sake, I hope Susan goes soon, so that she can heal her injured foot.

Ox Notes: October 20, 2008

In Dancing with the Stars 7 news, Lance Bass did interviews with The New York Daily News and Entertainment Tonight. And Toni Braxton put out an APB on her disappearing butt.

Recently ousted Survivor: Gabon contestant GC told People and Reality Blurred that he didn’t exactly quit, he just made it clear that he was sick of playing. After going without food and sleep for more than ten days, I probably would’ve done the same.

The New York Times has a lengthy article about Survivor, which wins its timeslot every season, even though its been losing viewers.

Survivor host Jeff Probst is working on a new show for CBS called Live Like You’re Dying, which will feature terminally ill people living out their dreams. Probst promises that the show won’t be depressing, but I think I’ll pass on it, just in case.