Monthly Archives: April 2009

Ox Notes: April 17, 2009

I don’t normally post Ox Notes on Fridays, but I feel compelled to do so today for one reason: Coach.

If you haven’t been following Survivor: Tocantins, do yourself a favor and watch last night’s episode (Episode 9). At the very least, read EW’s recap.

Coach is one of the best contestants in the history of Survivor. He’s an egomaniac who tells stories about his life so preposterous that there’s no way they are true. Yet Coach isn’t lying; he believes everything he says. You may hate him, but he makes for good TV.

Jeff Probst dedicated his EW blog post to Coach, disclosing a new project he has in mind for the self-styled "Dragon Slayer." E! posted a poll where you can vote on the best Coachisms from last night’s show.

CBS.com has videos of this season’s first jury member complaining that conditions at Ponderosa are so primitive as to be "Smith Family Robinson".

In other CBS reality show news, The Amazing Race has been renewed for a fifteenth season.

TAR 14‘s Mel revealed that he’s disappointed that the show’s producers have ignored that both Kisha and Luke are openly gay, supposedly because they want to define contestants by single issues — as though viewers would be confused if Luke were both deaf and gay.

In Dancing with the Stars news, Ty Murray was injured when he was hit in the face with a mic pack (those things are dangerous this season). He’s okay and will be able to continue with the competition.

DwtS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy told Us he has no plans to leave the show: "In this economy, to have a job like this? Believe me, it’s not a bad job!"

MTV will air the documentary Steve-O: Demise and Rise on May 3, chronicling the performer’s struggles with drug abuse, his rehab and up through his first performance on Dancing with the Stars 8.

Unless something dramatic happens in the world of DwtS over the weekend — such as another contestant being felled by a mic pack — I’m going to take Monday off from Ox Notes. Have a nice weekend, and I’ll see you in the chatroom on Monday night.

Ox Notes: April 16, 2009

With the networks set to announce their fall schedules next month, USA Today posted an online survey for TV viewers to vote for the shows they’d like to see return. The survey only covers shows deemed to be in danger of being canceled, not staples like CSI or Lost.

Keshia Knight Pulliam, better known as Rudy from The Cosby Show, is getting her own reality show on Oxygen.

Will Ferrell will guest star on a June episode of Discovery’s Man vs. Wild. Ferrell spent 48 hours with host Bear Grylls in northern Sweden, where they ate reindeer eyeballs.

Greg and I are planning a trip to Turkey, and I think we’re going to have to schedule it around the premiere of Turkish Golden Girls.

Survivor: Tocantins‘ Joe talked with People about leaving the show early due to an infected leg wound.

This week’s Dancing with the Stars Results Show was watched by 14.8 million people.

An astute viewer at FailBlog noticed that DwtS pro Mark Ballas had his own kind of wardrobe malfunction last week.

After his expletive-filled, post-elimination rant, David Alan Grier apologized to judge Carrie Ann Inaba privately and publicly on Tuesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. His appearance on Kimmel also included a funny instructional video for people who want to be on reality TV:

Ox Notes: April 15, 2009

Gilles Marini was so bummed after his pal, Steve-O, was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars that he asked Cheryl Burke to handle their interview with Access Hollywood. ET also had cameras backstage at the Results Show.

Magazines Us, People and OK! interviewed the contestants after the Results Show, while E! got a medical update on Gilles’ injured shoulder. People also filed a What You Didn’t See report from the set.

Monday’s Dancing with the Stars Performance Show was watched by 19.1 million viewers.

As often as I complain about the DwtS Results Show being a bunch of filler stretched out into an hour-long show, at least it ends on time, unlike American Idol. Despite changing the format to ensure a prompt ending, last night’s episode of AI still ran over by two minutes, screwing up DVRs everywhere.

I was excited to read at Zap2It that one of the Idol hopefuls, Kris Allen, performed a song from the wonderful movie Once last night. It was a pretty good rendition, too.

After Project Runway contestant Kenley Collins tossed a cat in anger, a judge ordered her to pay a $120 fine and stay away from her ex-fiance for two years.

Speaking of (alleged) criminals, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has reportedly signed on as a contestant for NBC’s reboot of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, which films in Costa Rica this summer. I think I speak on behalf of all Illinoisans when I beg the judge, "Don’t give him permission to leave the country!"

As you watch the news today, don’t be fooled into thinking the spontaneous "tea-bagging" protests against taxes are really that spontaneous; they’re orchestrated by Dick Armey’s Freedom Works group. MSNBC has a thorough explanation of the lame, right-wing publicity stunt. The clip is full of double entendres.

Finally, here’s a clip of Steve-O & Lacey Schwimmer on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, where they reveal one special move they never got to use on Dancing with the Stars:

DwtS 8, Week 6: Results

The two couples who received the lowest Performance Show scores were also the last two couples left onstage at the end of tonight’s Results Show. But which would go home?

Steve-O & Lacey. No surprise there.

But the other couple standing on stage with them at the end was a bit of a shock. Though Ty & Chelsie didn’t get great scores from the judges, I thought Ty was popular enough that he should be able to get through this week unscathed. He and Chelsie weren’t so confident. They looked as though they believed this could be their last night on Dancing with the Stars.

It all made more sense, once Tom Bergeron clarified that the final two couples to learn their fates weren’t necessarily the bottom two vote-getters. (Well, Steve-O & Lacey were, obviously.)

The conspiracy theorist in me believes that the producers would rather have Ty & Chelsie around than some of the other couples (*cough* LT *cough*) who get low scores from the judges. By waiting until the end to announce that they were safe, the producers probably ensured a few extra votes for Ty & Chelsie next week — while lulling LT’s fans into complacency.

The Results Show began with an encore of Lil’ Kim & Derek’s "Jailhouse Rock" Jive. Special guest performances included "America", from the Broadway revival of West Side Story

…Rascal Flatts singing "Here Comes Goodbye", accompanied by Julianne & Tony…

…a Macy’s Stars of Dance number featuring Carmen Electra (!?!?) …

…and Rascal Flatts covering The Beatles’ "Revolution."

Ox Notes: April 14, 2009

Joey Lawrence and Diane Mizota praised judge Len Goodman in the latest Yahoo! Buzz Session. Len was the voice of reason on last night’s Dancing with the Stars Performance Show, something the participants in the MOIB chatroom appreciated.

In the press line after the Performance Show, ET correspondent Maksim Chmerkovskiy made fun of Tony Dovolani’s sheer, rhinestoned, rainbow shirt. Access Hollywood and The Insider also had cameras backstage, while Us and OK! printed interviews with the DwtS cast.

People filed a What You Didn’t See report from the set of the Performance Show. Gilles Marini told People that he’ll have surgery to repair his injured shoulder as soon as he’s done with DwtS.

ABC’s Lost is watched online more than any other show, to the tune of 35.8 million video streams during the month of March alone.

Last night, I finally caught up on the most recent episode of The Amazing Race. Host Phil Keoghan blogged about how much he loved the Detour challenge that required teams to karaoke in a party taxi. It was one of my favorite TAR moments as well, especially when those dweebs Mark & Michael didn’t realize they were partying with transvestites.

DwtS 8, Week 6: Performances

After this week’s performances, the top four couples all stood within two points of one another. There was then a three-point gap separating them from the rest. That gap could well signify which couples are likely to make it into the semi-finals, and who’s just cannon-fodder for the next few weeks of Dancing with the Stars 8.

Lil’ Kim & Derek Hough — 28

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani — 27

Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas — 26

Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke — 26

Chuck Wicks & Julianne Hough — 23

Lawrence Taylor & Edyta Sliwinska — 22

Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower — 18

Steve-O & Lacey Schwimmer — 16

Based on scores alone, Steve-O should hit the bricks tomorrow night. But that was the situation last week, and he wasn’t even in the bottom two. Ty, Lawrence and Chuck had all better spend some time in the rehearsal studio tomorrow, as any one of them could wind up in the dance-off.

Ox Notes: April 13, 2009

If, like me, you’ve always wondered why the Dancing with the Stars Results Show is so darn long, it’s because ABC makes $205,000 for each 30-second commercial it sells during the show. That works out to $5 million an episode.

TV Guide has interviews with DwtS contestants Chuck Wicks and David Alan Grier. ET asked the contestants about their favorite things, with Family Guy being the generally acknowledged favorite TV show.

Has any network ever capitalized on a news story so quickly? Less than 24 hours after the dramatic rescue of an American freighter captain from Somali pirates, Spike announced a new series about U.S. Navy efforts to fight piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

Showtime decided not to pick up any of the four pilots it ordered.

In case you missed last night’s Rock of Love Bus finale, here’s what happened: Bret eliminated one skank and picked the other.

Note to my brother, Dan: Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi posed nude for the April 21 issue of Allure magazine. Mark your calendar accordingly.

Ox Notes: April 9, 2009

Catching up on Dancing with the Stars news, Jewel was convinced that her husband, Ty Murray, was going to be eliminated this week. People has a What You Didn’t See report from the set of the Results Show. And Carrie Ann Inaba blogged about this week’s performances for EW.

ET interviewed the latest castaway eliminated from Survivor: Tocantins, Sydney Wheeler. Casting for the 19th and 20th seasons of Survivor is ongoing, with filming for season 19 set to begin in a couple of months.

There are a few new shows debuting on the major networks tonight: Southland and Parks and Recreation on NBC and Harper’s Island on CBS. I’m willing to give Harper’s Island a try, if only because I know the mystery will be solved within 13 episodes.

The Futon Critic has a list of all of the stunts that FOX is preparing for May Sweeps.

ABC announced its summer schedule, which includes the remaining, previously unaired episodes of canceled series Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone and Dirty Sexy Money.

If you’re looking for the last episodes of other shows that were pulled off the air before completing their runs, you might want to check out DirectTV. The pay service just announced plans to air the series The Nine, Eyes and Smith in their entirety.

Ox Notes: April 8, 2009

Note: Sorry the site’s been down most of today. Looks like my hosting company had some issues!

David Alan Grier deserves an award for the Most Hilarious Comment After Being Eliminated from Dancing with the Stars. He told Access Hollywood that judge Carrie Ann Inaba — with whom he worked on In Living Color — could "eat a dick." He expressed similar sentiments when he spoke to OK! Magazine.

I’m convinced that DAG’s post-DwtS ranting is a joke, and I reference as proof his recent appearance on the Adam Corolla Podcast. He told a story about the months he spent trying to convince Dr. Drew Pinsky that he was mad at him, even though he really wasn’t, simply because he thought it was funny.

For more backstage interviews, check out ET and The Insider. Julianne Hough told E! after the show that she won’t be back for DwtS next season. Even if she has a new boyfriend to promote?

People has a What You Didn’t See report from the set of Monday’s Performance Show, which was watched by 19.6 million viewers.

No charges have been filed against So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Alex Da Silva, who was arrested on Saturday on four allegations of sexual assault, though the police investigation continues.

NBC is moving the low-rated Kings to Saturday nights.

On May 4, Lifetime will debut a multiplatform cooking show called Cook Yourself Thin, featuring Top Chef Season 1 contestant Candice Kumai.

FOX is developing yet another horrible reality show, this time aiming to capitalize on the economic downturn. Someone’s Gotta Go will enable the employees of a small business to choose which of their coworkers should be fired. Seriously? This isn’t The Apprentice. Who wants to watch someone get fired from their real job?

DwtS 8, Week 5: Results

Just a quick recap tonight, since I’m fighting a seemingly endless cold — and losing!

The American people are more fond of mimes than I thought. Steve-O wasn’t in the Bottom Two this week, despite earning the lowest judges’ scores. Instead, Lawrence Taylor & Edyta Sliwinska and David Alan Grier & Kym Johnson had to stand under the harsh red lights.

Ultimately, David & Kym got the boot, and DAG didn’t look happy about it. When Samantha Harris asked him to sing for her one last time, DAG refused. It was refreshing to see a celebrity who’d put so much time and emotion into DwtS show his disappointment, instead of acting as though everything was okay. I like the celebs who take the process seriously, and I’ll miss DAG’s effort.