Ox Notes: May 6, 2009

After last night’s shocking elimination of Lil’ Kim & Derek, the cast of Dancing with the Stars 8 chatted with Access Hollywood, The Insider, ET, E!, OK! and People.

In next week’s semifinal round, Melissa & Tony will dance the Quickstep and Cha Cha, Gilles & Cheryl will dance the Waltz and Salsa, Shawn & Mark will dance the Argentine Tango and Jive, and Ty & Chelsie will dance the Viennese Waltz and Samba.

Carrie Ann Inaba blogged her thoughts on this week’s performances for EW, and People filed a What You Didn’t See report from the set of Tuesday’s Results Show.

If last night’s edition of Dance Center left you pining for Kenny Mayne, check out his ESPN.com page.

In other DwtS news, Karina Smirnoff is already freaking out over preparations for her wedding to Maksim Chmerkovskiy, even though it’s more than a year away.

The Chicago Tribune’s Maureen Ryan interviewed Jim Beavers, one of the stars of Supernatural and my beloved Harper’s Island.

While Wipeout is ABC’s most talked about summer game show (deservedly so), here’s a reason to watch the new season of its sister program, I Survived a Japanese Game Show: it just won an international award for best reality show.

EW’s Michael Ausiello has fall TV cheat sheet with the probable and official fates of network shows.

Fellow geeks, rejoice with me! HBO has hired Tom McCarthy to direct the pilot of A Game of Thrones (based on the George R. R. Martin book) and Peter Dinklage to play Tyrion Lannister. Huzzah!

Finally, here’s video Lil’ Kim & Derek’s appearance on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live: