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ABC announces new cast of Dancing With the Stars

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 25th 2008 12:02PM
Dancing with the starsDancing With the Stars is a show that makes no sense to me. I understand the appeal of it; I'm usually very interested in any program that involves celebrities doing ridiculous things on national television and I know that people love bright shiny costumes, but it still somehow manages to hold no interest for me whatsoever.

With that said, I know that the announcement of each season's DWTS cast is heavily anticipated and rumored for months before the actual announcement. We heard that Dan Marino may be a contestant; a claim that was soon denied. 82-year-old Cloris Leachman was another name floated, as was Magnum, P.I. himself, Tom Selleck. Kim Kardashian and Kathy Griffin were also said to have been approached.

As with most rumors, some of these turned out to be false, but others had some truth to them. Follow me after the jump for the official (and completely insane) cast of Dancing With the Stars' seventh season, along with some twists the producers have cooked up for this go-around.

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Warren Sapp joins the Inside the NFL team

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 20th 2008 1:01PM
Warren SappWill Warren Sapp get that slot on Dancing with the Stars like he predicted? We won't know till next Monday when ABC makes the live announcement on Good Morning America.

However, the former defensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders has landed a new TV job. Sapp is joining Inside the NFL on Showtime, taking a seat beside fellow former NFL players Cris Collinsworth and Phil Simms, as well as CBS broadcaster James Brown.

As a player, Sapp was a force to be reckoned with, albeit as a run stopper in the middle of the line. He also has a reputation for being savvy and a big time talker, a guy who has an opinion about everything and anything. Hmm...smart and loud. That will probably make him a real asset on Inside the NFL. In fact, he might have some of NBA commentator Charles Barkley's charismatic appeal.

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Dan Patrick reteams with Olbermann on NBC's Football Night in America

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 7th 2008 8:01PM
Dan Patrick with cigarNBC's Football Night in America is something like too much of a good thing. The network seems intent on stuffing the Sunday night broadcast with everything but the kitchen sink.

When Tiki Barber retired from the New York Giants, he joined their broadcast. Same thing with Jerome Bettis of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then Keith Olbermann, a sports guy before becoming the host of MSNBC's Countdown, was inserted into the show. And that was on top of the three mainstays Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth and Peter King.

Now, you can add one more star to the constellation. Dan Patrick is joining Football Night in America. Patrick, formerly the main man at ESPN -- and Keith's longtime partner on Sports Center as well as Dan's radio show -- will be paired up with Olbermann again and will be slotted in as pre-game show's co-host.

There's no question that Patrick will be an asset. His 18 years at ESPN proved that, and I admired his maverick spirit when he bolted the comforts of Bristol, Connecticut and set up a new deal with his radio show.

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Showtime picks up Inside the NFL

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 4th 2008 8:22AM
NFLAs Bob Sassone wrote in his report about Inside the NFL ending its HBO run last February, the NFL was reporting that the show would find a home on another network. It has. And I can tell you now that Inside the NFL will be appearing weekly on Showtime. It'll be a collaboration with CBS Sports and NFL Films. That said, I think we can expect to see CBS talent on the show.

In its most recent edition on HBO, Inside the NFL was hosted by Bob Costas, with expert input by former players and current broadcast analysts Dan Marino, Cris Collinsworth and Cris Carter. Costas and Collinsworth are NBC employees, and Carter is part of ESPN. That leaves Danny Boy. And yes, he is a CBS guy, a regular commentator on The NFL Today every Sunday during football season. I'll bet you right now that Dan will be on the show.

Inside the NFL is a unique weekly highlight show -- one of the best ever -- because shows the games up close from the viewpoint of NFL Films. Those cameras get inside of the game more than TV cameras. They're films, not TV and the production values are like a documentary film. As a longtime football fan, I'm really glad that Inside the NFL will go on. This year will be its 32nd on the air.

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What's On Tonight: Private Practice, Kitchen Nightmares, South Park

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 10th 2007 4:00PM
  • Pushing DaisiesAt 8, ABC has a new Pushing Daisies, followed by new episodes of Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money.
  • CBS has a new Kid Nation at 8, then new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has new episodes of Deal Or No Deal, Bionic Woman, and Life.
  • There's a new Back To You on FOX at 8, then new episodes of 'Til Death and Kitchen Nightmares.
  • PBS has a new Wired Science at 8.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8, followed by a new Gossip Girl.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has new Ghost Hunters.
  • At 9:30, HGTV has a new Design on a Dime.
  • At 10, Bravo has the Top Chef reunion show.
  • Comedy Central has a new South Park at 10, then a new Sarah Silverman Program.
  • Also at 10: HBO has a new Inside The NFL.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's on tonight: President Bush, Friday Night Lights, Top Chef

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 10th 2007 5:15PM
  • Top Chef dishAt 8, ABC has two new episodes of According To Jim.
  • CBS has the premiere of Armed & Famous at 8.
  • NBC has a new Friday Night Lights at 8.
  • There's a new Beauty and the Geek on The CW at 8.
  • At 9, President Bush addresses the nation on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, the major cable news outlets, and C-SPAN.
  • A&E starts showing The Sopranos at 9.
  • At 9:30, ABC has a new episode of In Case of Emergency (unless they decide to go with The Knights of Prosperity), followed by a new Primetime.
  • NBC has Deal Or No Deal at 9:30.
  • At 10, NBC has a new ep of Medium.
  • MTV has a new Real World at 10.
  • There's a new Inside the NFL at 10 on HBO.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Top Chef.

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What's on tonight: Day Break, Bones, Ghost Hunters, Thanksgiving Challenge

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 15th 2006 5:03PM
  • Criminal MindsAt 8, ABC has the finale of Dancing with the Stars (thank God!), followed by the two hour premiere of Day Break.
  • CBS has a new Jericho at 8, followed by new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • There's a new episode of The Biggest Loser on NBC at 8, followed by the two hour season premiere of Medium.
  • FOX has a new Bones at 8, then a repeat.
  • The CW has new eps of America's Next Top Model and One Tree Hill.
  • At 9, Food Network has a new ep of Challenge, "Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast." It's followed by a special Good Eats on cooking the perfect turkey.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters at 9, followed by a new Sci-Fi Investigates.
  • IFC has Office Space at 9.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Top Chef.
  • There's a new South Park on Comedy Central at 9, then a new Drawn Together.
  • The History Channel has a new Modern Marvels at 10.
  • Also at 10: HBO has a new Inside the NFL.

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