"My secret fantasy, sadly, is to be on 'Dancing With the Stars,'" Couric told UsMagazine.com. So, what's holding her back? You know, besides her nightly anchoring duties? "Those skimpy outfits!"
'Dancing With the Stars' season 11 premieres tonight at 8PM on ABC.
In other TV news ...
• ABC's reality series 'Obese' has been given a second season -- prior to its series premiere -- and a new name: 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.' The first season is set to debut midseason -- possibly March. Each episode of the series follows a participant for an entire year. [Variety]
• After 10 seasons, 'Last Call with Carson Daly' is getting a makeover. When the late night show returns on Sept. 20, it will have live performances, behind-the-scenes segments and features on emerging artists. [Reuters]
British chef Jamie Oliver has a new series for ABC starting in March titled Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, and as part of the show Oliver wanted to help the people of Huntington eat healthier and lose weight. The people had other plans. They said no to his help, which actually caused Oliver to cry. One radio person in the area actually said "we don't want to sit around and eat lettuce all day," which I'm sure is exactly what Oliver was proposing.
I'd love to hear the complete story about this. Was Oliver really pushed away from the town with pitchforks and torches, or did they simply not want to participate in the show? And did schoolkids really think that potatoes were tomatoes??
You know what I had for dinner last night? Nachos.
In fact, 'Biggest Loser' producer J.D. Roth is also behind 'Obese,' which, unlike 'Loser,' doesn't take its stars out of their lives and put them into a boot camp. 'Obese' isn't a competition series at all; instead, each episode will follow a person who has a large amount of weight to lose (some as much as 200 pounds, reportedly) as he or she changes diet, exercise and general lifestyle habits on a quest to reach a healthy, potentially life-saving weight.
This clip is from Jimmy Kimmel Live. It's the Lard Channel, where all of the programming is based around fat people, who seem to be all the rage these days. Before he is crucified for dumping on people who are overweight, please note that ending of the clip.
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- is Jordin Sparks severely overweight? MeMe Roth says yes, but Jordin's fans say no... and threaten to kill Roth for saying such a thing.
- Paris Hilton is finally in jail, and (gasp) with only one picture to prove it.
- Stephen Baldwin is Ty Murray's Celebrity Bullriding Challenge's first victim.
First, comedian Joe Rogan of Fear Factor got into an online debate with a kid half his age, and then later smoothed things over with the kid. Now Rogan may be courting controversy again with this fifty-page thread on his messageboard. The thread wasn't started by Rogan; it was actually started by a board member who found out that another board member, whom he disliked, was part of a support group for obese people. Apparently this was the culmination of an ongoing battle of wits among the members of the board, and like most messageboards, conversation eventually devolved into personal attacks and racist insults. This kind of behavior on messageboards is hardly news, but apparently Rogan decided to toss in his support for the thread, even adding a few insults of his own. Rogan apparently loves the raw and unfiltered power of the internet, even if his participation in it might be construed by some as indirectly supporting anti-Semitic sentiments.
[via Best Week Ever]
In April, TLC will air a new reality show based on a BBC special called Honey, We're Killing the Kids!
The show will focus on the obesity epidemic as Dr. Lisa Hark, a nutrition expert, takes over an overweight and unhealthy family and tries to get them to change their eating habits and lifestyles. It seems like just the right show for TLC, but right now I think I'm more entertained by the ads for the show than the idea of the show itself. Firsts of all, the show's title is possibly the most morbid I've ever heard, but in the ads it takes on a whole new kind of weirdness when the voiceover starts talking about the show like it's some kind of wacky carnival attraction. I don't think I've ever seen the fear of a child's untimely death portrayed in such an upbeat manner. Maybe they should hire this voiceover guy to comfort people at funerals, since he seems rather amused by the thought of things not living anymore.
It's no secret this country has a weight problem, but do you think this turn-out is because people want to lose weight or they want to be on television? Or both.
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