ABC renews five reality shows
Yes, yes, it's true. Even in this era of YouTube, there's an audience out there that still enjoys America's Funniest Home Videos. ABC has booked it for an 18th season, making it the longest-running primetime show in the network's history. Host Tom Bergeron will be back -- natch -- and more money will be awarded to the funniest videos, which are now DVDs.
The pickup for Bergeron's other show, Dancing with the Stars, was a mortal lock (moreso than the New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl). DWTS has been a ratings winner and water cooler success. The sixth edition of the show premieres on March 17th with Marissa Jaret Winokur, Adam Carolla, Shannon Elizabeth, Cristián de la Fuente, Steve Guttenberg, Penn Jillette, Mario, Priscilla Presley, Monica Seles, Kristi Yamaguchi, Jason Taylor and Marlee Matlin all taking to the dance floor.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is coming back for another year of rebuilding homes and doing good. Supernanny (Jo Frost) will continue her Mary Poppins-like crusade to travel around and save parents who don't know how to discipline their kids, while Wife Swap will serve up more bizarre family switcheroos.