Monthly Archives: May 2009

Ox Notes: May 7, 2009

Julianne may not be the only Hough absent from Dancing with the Stars 9. Derek Hough and Mark Ballas may skip next season to promote their band. There’s also a chance that Derek may land a role in the upcoming Footloose remake.

ET has a video of DwtS pros Jonathan Roberts, Anna Trebunskaya, Dmitry Chaplin, Karina Smirnoff, Louis van Amstel and Elena Grinenko rehearsing for an upcoming charity performance.

Bravo’s Project Runway substitute, The Fashion Show, debuts tonight. The Chicago Tribune’s reviewer says the show has a few problems.

Tonight’s episode of Bones features a cameo by cartoon character Stewie Griffin.

Ahead of tonight’s new episode of Survivor: Tocantins, here are links to interviews with ousted castaway Sierra by People and TV Guide.

People and TV Guide also interviewed Jen & Kisha of The Amazing Race.

ET posted a gallery of the men competing to win the heart of The Bachelorette this summer.

A computer glitch has delayed the publication of Nielsen’s TV audience numbers for several days. Networks are understandably upset, as they need the data to determine which shows to bring back next season.

Ox Notes will return on Tuesday, May 12. Until then, enjoy this video of Lil’ Kim & Derek Hough performing on this morning’s episode of Regis & Kelly:

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:

DwtS 8, Week 9: Results

Tom Bergeron promised a shocking elimination on Dancing with the Stars 8 last week. He waited until tonight to deliver.

Melissa & Tony kicked off the night with an encore of their perfect Samba. But the highlight of the night was undoubtedly this season’s edition of Dance Center, starring Kenny Mayne, Jerry Rice and Len Goodman.


Other special guests included singer Jamie Cullen and a crew of Macy’s Stars of Dance dancers who performed on a giant star.

The pro dancer continued with Afton DelGrosso dancing with Cody Linley…

…Mayo Alanen dancing with Lisa Rinna…

…and Anna Demidova dancing with Maurice Greene.

Gilles & Cheryl were the first couple to be told they were safe, followed by Melissa & Tony and Shawn & Mark. With Ty & Chelsie’s scores so far below the other couples, they seemed all but certain to be sent home.

Instead, Lil’ Kim & Derek were told they’d danced their last. Upon hearing their names called, the two looked surprised, and Ty looked almost guilty for having outlasted them.

So how does this change next week’s competition? Is there a chance that Ty can actually make it into the finale?

Ox Notes: May 5, 2009

After Monday’s DwtS Performance Show, ET special correspondent Maksim Chmerkovskiy asked Jewel about her controversial blog comments regarding Melissa Rycroft. Jewel wrote a second post last week claiming that her original comments had been "mangled" by gossip sites, even though her words were quoted directly in most cases. Is that egg on your face, Jewel?

Other media outlets backstage included The Insider, Access Hollywood, OK! and People. In this week’s Yahoo! Buzz Session, Joey Lawrence made a Nell Carter joke (for those of us old enough to remember Joey on Gimme a Break).

Catching up on some older DwtS 8 news, TV Guide recently interviewed Shawn Johnson and Steve-O. Last week, Denise Richards sang a tone-deaf version of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Wrigley Field.

Yesterday, Phil Keoghan blogged about the latest episode of The Amazing Race for EW. Who knew the redheads had it in ’em? CBS posted a new Elimination Station video featuring the ousted teams arriving in the final destination city.

The guy who plays The Haitian on Heroes is trying to raise money for kids in Haiti.

The CW is canceling all of its Sunday night programming, which means that local affiliates will have to find new sources of ad revenue in a field that’s already running low on money.

NBC announced some of the shows its picking up for fall, including Joel McHale’s new comedy Community. Based on this preview, which also stars Chevy Chase and John Oliver, I’m really looking forward to it:

DwtS 8, Week 9: Performances

The judges made it clear which couples they thought deserved to move on to the DwtS 8 semifinals, and which couple they thought should hit the trail.

With two hours of airtime to fill, the show started with some of the show’s pro dancers demonstrating a trio of standard ballroom styles. The performance featured Jonathan Roberts, Anna Trebunskaya, Dmitry Chaplin, Kym Johnson, Louis van Amstel and Lacey Schwimmer.

Ballroom Round

Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke — 29

Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas — 27

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani — 27

Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower — 25

Lil’ Kim & Derek Hough — 25

While the competitors changed costumes, the three dancers competing to be a DwtS 9 pro were introduced alongside their temporary celebrity partners. On Tuesday, DwtS 2‘s Lisa Rinna will dance with Mayo Alanen, DwtS 7‘s Cody Linley with Afton DelGrosso, and DwtS 7‘s Maurice Greene with Anna Demidova. My money’s on Lisa & Mayo.

Before the Latin Round commenced, the DwtS pros returned to dance a second time. The mix of songs for this Latin demo was bizarre.

Latin Round

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani — 30

Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas — 29

Lil’ Kim & Derek Hough — 27

Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke — 27

Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower– 21

Leaderboard (out of 60 points)

Melissa & Tony — 57

Shawn & Mark — 56

Gilles & Cheryl — 56

Lil’ Kim & Derek — 52

Ty & Chelsie — 46

Using both their comments and their paddles, the judges made it clear that they don’t believe Ty is dancing at the same level as the other contestants. Will the low scores have the opposite of their intended effect, spurring fans to save the charming cowboy? Should Lil’ Kim be nervous?

Ox Notes: May 1, 2009

Last night’s episode of Survivor: Tocantins didn’t go down exactly how I expected it to, but it was still great. Host Jeff Probst blogged about the episode for EW. Check out the latest Ponderosa videos to see a great impression of Coach.

Dancing with the Stars 8 spouse Jewel is stirring up trouble with a post she made on husband Ty Murray’s MySpace blog. Jewel said she didn’t like that Melissa Rycroft was judged on her rehearsal footage on Monday night’s show because: "If you’re too hurt to compete then you can’t compete." She added that she might feel differently about the rule if she was competing on the show. I’m guessing she’d be all for it if it saved Ty.

DwtS pro Julianne Hough will definitely skip Season 9.

ABC and Disney shows will soon be available on Hulu.

A recent study confirmed that people find comfort in TV shows. They’d feel even more comfortable under this Star Trek blanket.

The Futon Critic has a massive Fall 2009 Schedule Grid, including all the shows that have gotten official pickups as well as those still on the bubble.

Reality Blurred has a list of dates for upcoming reality show season finales. The list starts tonight with the finales of Supernanny and Wife Swap on ABC.

Ox Notes will return on Tuesday, May 5. Have a great weekend!