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BEVERLY HILLS -- Bristol Palin, who made it all the way to third place on “Dancing with the Stars” a couple seasons ago but divided viewers who couldn't quite decide whether they liked her mother's politics more than her dancing, will be back on the new all-star edition of “Dancing with the Stars.”
ABC just announced the new cast which will include a couple of former winners, too (the full list, below). In addition, the network said viewers will vote -- even before the dancing begins -- what the final version of this list will be.
Meanwhile, Palin was asked at the TV tour why she wanted to endure the press again (she got an inordinate amount during her run.) Said she: "I just think God provides opportunities like this. You can either go out and do them or not do them. The press will be talking about me no matter what so I might as well have some fun."
Specifically, here's how ABC is describing the above-mentioned rule change/twist/gimmick:
In a show first, fans will determine who the final All-Star cast member will be. The three celebrities vying to fill the 13th spot on the cast are Sabrina Bryan, Carson Kressley and Kyle Massey. Fans can vote for their favorite “Viewers’ Choice: All-Star” at www.ABC.com/DancingwiththeStars, presented by Diet Pepsi, starting today, Friday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m., PT through Friday, August 24 at 12 p.m., PT, to determine which of the three celebrities will be named the final All-Star contestant. Once voting has closed, the final cast member will be announced live on “Good Morning America,” on Monday, Aug. 27.
And without further ado, here's your cast. Be sure to check out the video at the bottom of this post ... And check back here later. ABC will have the new “DWTS” cast onstage at the International Ballroom shortly.
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And fans will vote for one of these three celebrities to take the 13th spot:
Even given the long colorful history of “Grey's Anatomy”' departures, this will still be a very big one: Eric Dane is leaving. Reasons are unclear, but TVLine -- which broke the story of the departure -- said Dane is looking for other opportunities. Here are the quotes directly from the website:
Dane: “I am extremely grateful to everyone at Grey’s, ABC and Shondaland for the experience and memories I have had over the course of this run. It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as Shonda Rhimes.”
Rhimes: Dane is “one of the most beloved characters on Grey’s Anatomy' [he] did not come to this decision lightly, but after much consideration and conversations, he and I have decided that this is the right time for his story line to end.”
Chyler Leigh's Lexie was offed in last season's finale. Expect -- my educated guess -- a similar exit-stage-left for Mark Sloan during the November sweeps.
BEVERLY HILLS -- Whether you care or don't care about soaps, the fate of "General Hospital" should be of interest (and possibly concern) to anyone who loves TV; this is the last man/woman left standing at ABC. There was a time when "GH," now in its 50th year, was one of the most important series on all of television (though admittedly that was decades ago). Will "GH"...Read more »
BEVERLY HILLS -- Katie Couric faced the mob Thursday morning to offer the first extended description of her new show debuting in September, which sounds like a back-to-the-future version of her years on "Today:" Newsy, loose, lifestyle-oriented (except when it's not) and decidedly Katie-esque.
She was also asked about Sarah Palin; more on that at the end of the post.
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Robin Roberts of "Good Morning America" said this morning at the TV critics tour that she'll take a medical leave by late August or early September. ABC News chief Ben Sherwood said Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters and Katie Couric will all likely sub for her, and that other ABC talent -- notably Kelly Ripa and the women of "The View" -- have all offered to step in as well.
Asked how she was feeling -- Roberts will undergo a bone marrow transplant during her leave -- she said, "I go through moments of fatigue but this is one of those days where I'm a little more tired than I usually am." But she added that she's "truly energized" by "GMA's" string of wins over "Today."
BEVERLY HILLS -- ABC just announced fall premiere dates and the news here is: While most shows will launch by late September, a handful won't turn up until mid to late October. Those include newcomers "Nashville" and "Malibu Country." Take a look:
Friday, Sept.14: 8-9 p.m., “Shark Tank;” 9-10 p.m., “What Would You Do?;” and 10-11 p.m., “20/20”
Monday, Sept....Read more »
BEVERLY HILLS — Never ever know who you'll run into at the TV critics tour but this shot to your left of Todd Palin and Sarah Palin suggests the diversity of the company here. He's promoting his new show, “Stars Earn Stripes;” she's promoting him. NBC is happy to have them both promoting NBC — although she does work for Fox. Roger Catlin caught up with her for Salon.
BEVERLY HILLS -- The main part of NBC's portion of the press tour wrapped Tuesday and now, a tour through the day, in notes and quotes (and thanks to the very hardworking transcribers for the TCA and networks). Let's start with:
“Smash.” No panel but NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt addressed the problems with the new series -- evidenced by the forced exit of Theresa Rebeck for...Read more »
Beverly Hills - Chicago. Fire. Put those two words together and you arrive at something both historic and remotely tragic, insofar as this city was once famously consumed by one. But you also arrive, or will this fall, at one of NBC's most important new series, produced under the auspices of Dick Wolf ("Law & Order”) with a sprawling ensemble cast featuring British actors Eamon Walker ("Oz”)...Read more »
BEVERLY HILLS -- Matthew Perry, highly talented with his own set of troubles, arrived here Tuesday to tout his new comedy "Go On," noting that this one will probably work.
It's a funny comment to make, but Perry -- who hasn't had a series hit since "Friends" -- probably needed to make it. His last series, "Mr. Sunshine," drifted away. Some critics...Read more »