Monthly Archives: February 2010

Ox Notes: February 25, 2010

Am I the only one surprised by the relative dearth of information about the Dancing with the Stars 10 cast? There has only been a handful of rumors, even though the announcement in only a few days away. Usually celebs are falling all over themselves to spill the beans.

One rumor that seems to be gaining traction regards Kate Gosselin. It makes sense for her to appear on DwtS because 1) she’s co-hosted The View and has an existing relationship with ABC, and 2) she’s not doing anything else (besides parenting eight kids, of course).

EW notes that gold medalist Evan Lysacek has expressed a desire to compete on DwtS, but I doubt it will be this season. After all, he needs to keep his schedule free for Evan Lysacek Day here in Naperville.

By the way, kudos to Evgeni Plushenko for awarding himself the platinum medal after finishing second to Lysacek. I’m going to start campaigning for Naperville to hold a Evgeni Plushenko Day, too.

NBC reports that 174 million people have watched the Winter Olympics during its first 12 days.

Apparently, Melissa Rycroft hasn’t secured the DwtS co-host gig after all, despite revealing the contestants during this Monday’s Bachelor finale. Mel B did a screen-test for the job yesterday.

TV Guide wants to know who you think should be the new DwtS co-host.

I’m setting my DVR now for Kathy Griffin’s guest spot on Law & Order: SVU this coming Wednesday.

I’m also setting my DVR for Johnny Depp’s appearance on 48 Hours Mystery on Saturday. Depp will speak on behalf of the "West Memphis Three", three men convicted of murder when they were teenagers despite an abundance of evidence pointing to their innocence.

On March 15, HGTV debuts the show Home Rules about a life coach who helps struggling families. Thus continues HGTV’s slow metamorphosis from informative how-to channel into a family freakshow network like TLC. I assume that series on room makeovers for child beauty queens and women who didn’t know they were pregnant are already in development.

Cast your vote in E!’s March Madness-style bracket poll of TV’s Top Couples. Riker & Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation for the win!

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Ox Notes: February 23, 2010

With less than one week until the cast of Dancing with the Stars 10 is announced, details about the new season emerge. Pro dancers Lacey Schwimmer and Jonathan Roberts announced via Twitter that they won’t participate this season. Pure DwtS posted a summary of which twelve pros seem likely to compete in DwtS 10.

Pure DwtS also noted that the new cast members will be announced during Monday, March 1’s Bachelor finale by Tom Bergeron and Melissa Rycroft. Does that mean Melissa’s officially the new co-host?

DwtS pro Derek Hough got himself involved in the ongoing drama between British singer Cheryl Cole and her allegedly philandering husband, footballer Ashley Cole.

I’m loving Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, especially since I’m rooting for the Villains. People and EW interviewed the latest booted cast member, Stephenie LaGrossa. EW, as always, features great episode recaps and Jeff Probst’s blog.

One thing I’m not loving is NBC’s Olympic coverage. Besides the universally despised tape delay the network insists on using, even in the DVR era, I’m most disappointed in the network’s Web coverage of events.

The event I’ve been most looking forward to — the men’s 4x10k cross-country relay — takes place tomorrow at 1:15 CST, and it’s not airing on any network. U.S. men’s hockey, which normally airs on USA or MSNBC, is the Wednesday afternoon feature on NBC. Instead of airing the cross-country relay in the open timeslot, USA is airing a marathon of NCIS reruns.

Here’s the really dumb thing. NBC’s Olympic website is only streaming curling and hockey live, two events that already get live coverage on the main network or on cable. Why not use the website to broadcast events that won’t be aired on TV? I’d even be willing to pay a small amount ($.99, a la iTunes) to watch a live stream of some of the cross-country relay.

Instead of making money off of me and other fans of sports in which the U.S. isn’t competitive, either directly or via ad exposure, NBC forces fans to seek out international live streams on the Internet (bring on the Tim Horton’s ads, Canadian Olympic coverage!).

NBC’s Olympic broadcast contract runs out after 2012. I’m hopeful that a new network will embrace current technology and profit from making the Olympics more accessible to viewers.

Ox Notes: February 11, 2010

The two-hour premiere of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains begins tonight at 8 ET on CBS. Reality Blurred and TV Guide interviewed the participants, and EW posted behind-the-scenes video shot on location.

A new name has surfaced in the race to fill Samantha Harris’ empty co-host spot on Dancing with the Stars: E! News correspondent Ashlan Gorse. I haven’t seen her in action, but she’s cute and she won’t upstage Tom Bergeron, so she might be the right choice.

Deadliest Catch captain Phil Harris died on Tuesday after suffering a stroke on January 29. He was 53. The show’s sixth season finished filming last month, and Capt. Phil will feature in the new season when it begins in April.

Top Chef Masters announced the participants for Season 2, which debuts April 7 on Bravo. I’m pulling for Chicago’s Rick Tramonto.

Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim and Three Rivers‘ Alex O’Loughlin will star in the upcoming remake of Hawaii Five-0. Can the handsome Aussie complete the trifecta, starring in three failed CBS dramas in a row?

You’re going to want to bookmark this list of Hollywood character actors, complete with photos. Every time you watch a movie or TV show and are inspired to shout, "Hey! It’s That Guy," you’ll be able to look up his name.

My favorite That Guy is Clancy Brown, the man responsible for my most beloved film scene of all time (don’t ask me why, ’cause I’m not sure):

Ox Notes: February 9, 2010

Two bits of unsettling Dancing with the Stars news. First, DwtS pros Cheryl Burke, Anna Trebunskaya, Chelsie Hightower and Edyta Sliwinska posed in bikinis alongside some of their former celebrity partners for the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. There’s something creepy about these videos from the photo shoot, where the bikini-clad women pose suggestively with their partners — who are clad in regular clothes — while a fan blows on them.

I’m also disturbed by the rumored final two candidates to take over Samantha Harris’ co-hosting duties: Nancy O’Dell and Marie Osmond. Nancy O’Dell is a fine choice, with years of hosting experience and the right amount of empathy for the contestants.

Marie Osmond, however, strikes me as a terrible choice. While she might appeal to the average DwtS audience member — a woman in her mid-fifties — that’s not the demographic advertisers are most interested in. Following DwtS, Marie pursued hosting her own daytime talk show, which makes me wonder if she’d be willing to cede the spotlight to the contestants and to the real star of the show, Tom Bergeron.

Karina Smirnoff’s dream dance partner is John Stamos.

Following the Super Bowl, CBS’s Undercover Boss scored the largest audience ever for a reality show premiere: 38.6 million viewers. If its second episode, which follows the debut of The Amazing Race on Sunday, garners even 30% of that number, I’ll be impressed.

Speaking of TAR, TV Guide interviewed contestants and Big Brother vets Jeff & Jordan.

Survivor fans can breathe a sigh of relief: Jeff Probst has agreed to host Season 21 & 22. People and EW have the scoop.

Ox Notes: February 4, 2010

Pamela Anderson has reportedly signed on for Dancing with the Stars 10. I wonder what kind of dance style best suits the Baywatch theme song?

Melissa Rycroft has joined Entertainment Tonight as a special correspondent, effectively nixing her chances of filling Samantha Harris’ shoes as DwtS co-host.

The retrospective Surviving Survivor airs tonight on CBS at 8 ET. Reality Blurred will live blog during the show. I’ll be watching Vampire Diaries.

Starting February 18, my fellow PS3 owners and I can watch The Tester on the Playstation Network. The Hal Sparks-hosted competitive reality show puts gamers through a series of challenges as they compete for $5000 and a job as a professional game tester (which isn’t as glamorous a gig as it sounds).

I’m getting excited for Sunday’s "big game": Puppy Bowl VI on Animal Planet! Beginning at 3 p.m. ET, the show — which features puppies playing on a miniature football field — repeats every two hours until the wee hours of the morning. The official Puppy Bowl site is borked, but you can view the Starting Lineup here.

Zap2It interviewed the Puppy Bowl referee, Andrew Schechter.

If you don’t intend to watch the actual Super Bowl but are still interested in the commercials, cable network Spike will post all of the commercials online at Spike.com almost immediately after they air on CBS. Thank you, Spike!

Ox Notes: February 2, 2010

If you want to learn who’s on Dancing with the Stars 10, you’re going to have to sit through an episode of The Bachelor to do it. ABC will reveal the identities of the DwtS 10 cast members at intervals during the March 1 Bachelor finale. I think I’ll skip the dating show and wait until the cast list is posted at the ABC’s DwtS website.

The first believable DwtS 10 cast rumor comes courtesy of former MMA fighter and actor Jason Chambers. He’s not a household name, but he’s young and hunky, so I’ll be surprised if he’s not in the cast.

Olympic diving champ Greg Louganis is campaigning for a spot on DwtS 10.

The first half of the Lost final season premiere — which airs tonight on ABC at 9 ET — is available online, but fans aren’t watching it. They don’t want to be spoiled.

Reality Blurred is posting preseason interviews with the Survivor 20 cast members.

In sad news, Phil Harris, captain of the Cornelia Marie on The Deadliest Catch, is in the hospital recovering from a stroke. Discovery promises to update fans on Phil’s condition here.

If you’re not sick of the Jay Leno-Conan O’Brien Tonight Show feud, check out this fascinating dissection of Jay’s interview on Oprah last week. It’s long, but it contains a lot evidence to indicate that Jay was being, um, less than truthful.

Masterpiece Classic aired the final episodes of Jane Austen’s Emma on Sunday night. If you missed it, you can watch the mini-series online here. It’s worth it.

I’m looking forward to Masterpiece Classic‘s March 28 feature, Sharpe’s Challenge, because of its major WTF factor. The co-star playing opposite Sean Bean’s Richard Sharpe is none other than Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.