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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 12 to Premiere on March 21, Russell Brand to Host 'Saturday Night Live' and More TV news

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 1st 2011 5:40PM
Dancing With the StarsThose anxiously waiting for dancing celebrities rejoice -- 'Dancing With the Stars' will return Monday, March 21.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the cast of 'DWTS' season 12 will be revealed Feb. 28 during 'The Bachelor.'

Professional dancer and three-time 'Dancing With the Stars' champ Derek Hough will not return to the ABC series for season 12. Hough is filming a dance movie -- in 3D! -- and will return for season 13.

In other TV news ...

Russell Brand will host 'Saturday Night Live' on Feb. 12. Chris Brown will be the musical guest. [Hollywood Reporter]

Kathy Griffin will guest star on CBS's 'The Defenders.' Griffin will play a Las Vegas comic who is sued for insulting audience members that have been picked by her producers. Griffin will play a character named Sally, just like she did on 'Seinfeld.' The episode is titled 'Nevada vs. Greene,' but we can still hope for it to be her 'Seinfeld' character Sally Weaver. [TVLine]

Proactiv is the latest advertiser to leave MTV's 'Skins.' The acne medication maker is the ninth major sponsor to flee the controversial series. "We have officially requested that MTV revise our traffic schedule so that Proactiv spots cease airing during Skins," Kendra Elliott, vice president of media at Guthy-Renker, Proactiv's parent company, said. [Hollywood Reporter]

ABC has ordered six drama pilots including Marc Cherry's 'Hallelujah.' Joining Cherry's drama is Mark Gordon's 'Identity,' 'Once Upon a Time' from 'Lost' executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, Steven Spielberg and Oren Peli's 'The River,' Darren Star's 'Good Christian Bitches' and Temple Hill's 'Revenge.' [Deadline Hollywood]

The crew of 'Two and a Half Men' is reportedly furious with Charlie Sheen. "We are really pissed. A lot of us do not get paid if we don't work," a source told E! Online. "So, if he's off getting rehabbed, or porn-o-ing, or whatever, we're screwed." [E! Online]

Ratings for the SAG Awards were up 6 percent from last year. Combining viewership on TNT and TBS the awards show was seen by more than 5 million total viewers. [Hollywood Reporter]

Carson Daly has officially signed on as host of NBC's 'The Voice.' Is he the next Ryan Seacrest? [Deadline Hollywood]

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