No time to rest on one’s laurels: The producers of Dancing with the Stars returned to the drawing board this week to begin casting the show’s 12th edition that’ll bow in late March. Executive Producer Conrad Green and casting guru Deena Katz definitely have their work cut out for them: Though the show has featured its share of headline-grabbing contestants (Hi, Marie Osmond, Melissa Rycroft and Kate Gosselin!), no one has been quite so polarizing – and great for ratings – as season 11?s Bristol Palin. “Each season we try to assemble a cast of characters that brings us something new,” Green told EW. “That was the thought behind Bristol. We hadn’t had someone quite like her, and it worked. There’s a peculiar alchemy and there’s a lot of luck involved.” To Read More Click Here.
Over the course of season 11, Jamie Lee Curtis, dubbed Enthusiastic Activia Lady by EW.com reader Hez on Week 8, gradually blossomed into my favorite studio audience member ever. She was so reliably benign, always gazing up at Tom Bergeron in admiration (of their shared haircut) with her noggin cocked 55 degrees to the right. EAL was there every week this fall to support her BFF Jennifer Grey. Let her NOT SO HIDDEN gem of a homemade bracelet — comprised of multicolored entrance wristbands from the entire season — tell you. You don’t even need to talk to her! Enthusiastic Activia Lady will just hold that pom pon of experience up in your face. I don’t know how this turned all sassy all of a sudden. I must just be hurting right now. Congratulations to Jennifer and all, but I’m really going to miss Jamie Lee Curtis on Dancing With the Stars. To Read More Click Here.
Bristol "the pistol" Palin came out with guns a-blazin' on the "Dancing With the Stars" finale -- though not in the way you might have expected. Maintaining a generally shy persona with the press and on camera throughout the season, she dropped the act for the finale, saying that winning would be "a big middle finger to all the people out there who hate my mom and hate me." With the votes already cast, it seems the time for pageantry has passed. To Read More Click Here.
Our top TV moments of the week: 11. Best Drunken Advice: Self-professed "lush" Gwyneth Paltrow had trouble getting into the alcoholic mindset of her character in her upcoming film Country Strong , but she knew exactly who to turn to for some pointers: Robert Downey Jr. Paltrow tells Chelsea Handler on her Big Interview Special that her Iron Man pal "wrote me the most amazing e-mail and he helped me understand it." Or, you know, you could just watch Intervention . 10. Worst Timing: On Chuck ,Sarah treks half-way across the world to save Chuck from a Belgian trying to remove the Intersect from his brain. But while Chuck lays trapped in a dream, with each of his non-Intersect memories being ripped out, Sarah declares she found his proposal outline and wants to marry him. 9. Biggest Heartbreaker: After proposing to his ex-wife-turned-girlfriend on House , Wilson is left on one knee with his jaw hanging open when Sam storms away in anger because she thinks he has trust issues stemming from some shady medical paperwork she filed. And to add insult to injury, she walks out on him even after he apologizes — for what, we still don't know. To Read More Click Here.
Since the Palins are all the buzz right now, we felt it was only right to use our impeccable stalking skills (a gift, really), to uncover some of the most awk Palin pics out there. Pictured, Sarah Palin rocks the nerdy preggos look. To Read More Click Here.
If you had trouble voting for your favorite Dancing with the Stars finalist last night, you're not alone. Fans flooded the ABC website, Twitter and Facebook (plus the watercooler around our offices) to complain about the fact that they couldn't get through. The good news is that, fans were able to vote until 11 a.m. EST today. So if you were able to get through this morning, your vote did indeed count. To Read More Click Here.
Skating With the Stars had viewers moving faster than Apolo Anton Ohno — to other channels. Overnight ratings showed that Dancing with the Stars had 24.6 million viewers (and a leading 5.2 rating among the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic), making it the franchise's strongest Monday finale in six seasons. It also was this season's most-watched entertainment program — NBC's Sunday Night Football has scored higher numbers. But even with the slick move of trying to seamlessly hand viewers over to Skating at 9:13 p.m., the debut of the new show on ice left viewers so cold that by 9:30, it was down to fewer than 11 million viewers (2.7 in the demo) and to 6 million viewers (1.7) by 10:30. Skating still managed to beat NBC's The Event and Chase and Fox's Lie to Me, but lost by a wide margin to CBS' Mike & Molly and Hawaii Five-0, this season's most popular new show. Mike & Molly attracted nearly 13 million viewers (4.0 in the demo) and Five-0 peaked at 12.2 million (3.2). Source Here
Nobody, not even a Disney star or the daughter of Sarah Palin, can put Baby in a corner. Jennifer Grey, the actress best known for her starring role opposite Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing, was named the 11th winner of Dancing with the Stars. And while viewers may not be surprised that the judges' favorite took home the mirrorball trophy, she was shocked. "I was really surprised," Grey told us following her win. "It means everything to me because I didn't think I could do it. It's a very satisfying experience." At 50, Grey is the oldest woman to win Dancing with the Stars. Donny Osmond is the oldest altogether, after winning Season 9 at the age of 51. The housewife-turned-dance champ could've been crowned the winner even earlier had Grey accepted the producers' request years ago. "I had been asked for nine years and I said no out of fear," she said. "I would've been robbed of this amazing experience had I not said yes and had the courage." To Read More Click Here.
Tonight our CW favorites One Tree Hill and Life UneXpected are in repeats yet again, but don't forget to take advantage of all that's new! Glee, Parenthood, the new TBS series Glory Daze, and of course, don't forget to tune in to see who will take home Dancing with the Stars' coveted mirrorball trophy! See what else is new tonight: 8/7c No Ordinary Family on ABC NCIS on CBS Glee on FOX The Biggest Loser on NBC 9/8c Dancing with the Stars on ABC -- 2-hour season finale! NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS Raising Hope on FOX Stargate Universe on Syfy 10/9c The Good Wife on CBS Parenthood on NBC Sons of Anarchy on FX 16 and Pregnant on MTV Glory Daze on TBS What will you be watching?
In light of the threatening letter containing a white powder sent to the Dancing With the Stars office late Friday night (allegedly addressed to Bristol Palin), pro-dancer Tony Dovolani told TV Guide Magazine at the 2010 AMAs on November 21 that Palin could count on his support through the ordeal. "Every time I've had a chance to speak to her, I tell her to hold her head up high," he says. "She is not the one voting for herself, everybody else is. So it's not her fault." Dovolani says Palin is doing remarkably well, despite the negative media attention. "I think the mainstream media and the tabloids, everybody loves to bash her. She's a single mother at 19, so to deal with that much hatred towards her, I think she handles herself really good," he says. As the three finalists — Jennifer Grey, Kyle Massey and Palin — prepare to take home the mirror ball trophy on Tuesday night, Dovolani and his colleague Karina Smirnoff reflected on an intense season full of surprise eliminations. To Read More Click Here.