Ox Notes: May 21, 2009

Ox Notes is back from vacation; did anything happen while I was gone?

Catching up on the most important Dancing with the Stars 8 commentary, here’s a link to the final Yahoo! Buzz Sessions of the season (the excellent post-Finale episode is the last one on the list). Judge Carrie Ann Inaba blogged about the season finale for EW.

Survivor: Tocantins also ended while I was away, so here’s a link to host Jeff Probst’s final EW blog post. Reality Blurred interviewed three of the final four: Stephen, Erinn and Taj.

So You Think You Can Dance premieres tonight on FOX at 8 ET. Judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy talked to TV Guide about the new season.

As soon as this summer season of SYTYCD ends, a new one begins in the fall, putting FOX’s dance show into direct competition with Dancing with the Stars.

The networks have all announced their fall schedules. EW has a cheat sheet that lists the fates of current shows, while Zap2It posted cool grids of the night-by-night schedules for NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and The CW.

NBC’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! couldn’t cast indicted former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich because a judge wouldn’t allow him to leave the country to film the show. So, naturally, they cast Rod’s wife, Patti. Wait…huh? I live in Illinois, and even I don’t know enough about Patti Blagojevich to want to watch her on TV. Why does the network think anyone outside The Land of Lincoln will care?

With another season of DwtS in the books, it seems fitting to end this post with a vid of Season 8 champs Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ox Notes will return on Tuesday, May 26.