Ox Notes: June 30, 2009

Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman recently had surgery for prostate cancer. He told The Daily Mail he feels "right as rain" and will take part in DwtS 9.

The latest DwtS 9 casting rumor involves Debi Mazar, an actress who’s played bit parts in seemingly everything.

In other DwtS news, Melissa Rycroft is engaged to Tye Strickland, whom she did not meet on a TV show.

I know I’ve been singing the praises of the low-rated murder mystery Harper’s Island all season long, but the show got really good on Saturday. The episode was exciting and the deaths were heart-breaking; I actually cried.

If you plan on checking out the show when it comes out on DVD on September 8, don’t read this Zap2It recap, or EW writer Michael Slezak’s post titled: Breaking: Harper’s Island Made Me Feel Something!.

The CW is now using Sunday nights to burn off episodes of the canceled Valentine.

Reality Blurred has the scoop on new CBS reality show There Goes the Neighborhood, described as "Big Brother but with families living in their actual homes."

USA Today’s Pop Candy blog features an interview with Parker Lewis Can’t Lose star Corin Nemec.

I think I’ve said here before that, if you ever have the chance to see Neil Diamond in concert, you should do it. Soon, you’ll be able to do it without leaving your house! On August 14, CBS will air a concert special called Neil Diamond — Hot August Night: NYC. Too bad the accompanying DVD and CD will only be available at Wal-Mart.