Ox Notes: April 23, 2009

My new favorite show is Harper’s Island. It’s spooky and soapy and doesn’t require much concentration. Plus, it’s guaranteed to only last 13 episodes, so I don’t mind devoting my time to it. TV Guide interviewed Harper’s Island‘s sheriff, Jim Beaver, better known as Bobby on Supernatural.

Also on CBS tonight is a new episode of Survivor: Tocantins. EW posted an interview with the season’s first jury member, Brendan.

In a panel discussion moderated by Survivor host Jeff Probst, TV producers recently debated whether the era of the 30-second commercial is coming to an end.

People interviewed the latest duo kicked off The Amazing Race, Mark & Michael, who claim that they knew the "pretty girls" they were partying with in the karaoke taxi were actually transvestites.

My parents will rejoice to learn that ABC is bringing back a primetime version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? for a late summer run.

Zap2It concluded its rundown of 2009 TV pilots with a review of the new shows in the works at The CW.

Michael McKean explained to the A.V. Club how Spinal Tap’s songs came about.

Catching up on Dancing with the Stars news, judge Carrie Ann Inaba shared her thoughts on this week’s performances in her EW blog.

OK! reports that singer Alan, er, Robin Thicke will perform on an upcoming DwtS Results Show. (Wow. I was kidding when I referenced Alan Thicke, but I just discovered at IMDb that Dr. Seaver really is Robin Thicke’s dad.)

If you live in the Chicago area, you may want to check out Ballroom with a Twist at the Paramount Theater in Aurora this Saturday. The stage show is choreographed by former DwtS pro Louis van Amstel and hosted by Barbara Eden.

Ox Notes will return on Tuesday, April 28. Have a great weekend!