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ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Scrapes Bottom Of Celebrity Barrel For Season 12

ABC made the announcement tonight about the 11 so-called celebrities heading to the dance floor this season via Dancing With The Stars hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke in a live press conference during The Bachelor. And it really looks as if the network scraped the bottom of the celebrity barrel. Many of those booked aren’t even household names. (Heck, I have no idea who most of them are!) They’re a boxer, a talk-show somebody, a Super Bowl Steeler, one of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriends, and a has-been comedic actress. Then again, it was going to be hard if not impossible for ABC to match last season’s stunt casting of Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol. The Season 12 list is as follows:

KIRSTIE ALLEY
“PSYCHO” MIKE CATHERWOOD
CHRIS JERICHO
CHELSEA KANE
SUGAR RAY LEONARD
RALPH MACCHIO
PETRA NEMCOVA
ROMEO (Percy Romeo Miller, Jr)
HINES WARD
KENDRA WILKINSON
WENDY WILLIAMS

All are set to compete each week on the dance floor in the 2-hour season premiere on Monday, March 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The 11 couples will dance for the first time on live national television either performing the Foxtrot or the Cha Cha Cha. The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home the following week until the season finale on Tuesday, May 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET).

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Wins Quiet Late Summer Monday With Repeats

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It looks like the summer TV season will wrap the way it started, with CBS’s all-rerun Monday lineup easily topping the night. The network’s comedies The Big Bang Theory (2.8 rating/7 share among adults 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) and Two and a Half Men (2.6/7, 9.0 million) were the top programs of the night. Despite featuring the much-hyped announcement of the next Dancing with the Stars cast, ABC’s Bachelor Pad (2.0/6) didn’t get a boost and finished flat with last week. Dating in the Dark (1.5/4) was up a tenth. Following a House rerun (1.3/4) on Fox, an original Lie To Me (1.7/5) was down a tenth from last week. NBC aired an America’s Got Talent repeat (1.3/4) and Dateline (1.3/4), which was down 7% from its last original on Aug. 16.

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Cast Includes ‘Dirty Dancing’ Baby, ‘Baywatch’ Retiree, Mrs. Brady, The Situation, Bristol Palin



This may be a new record for stunt casting: the 12 celebrities for Season 11, as announced tonight by Dancing with the Stars hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke in a live press conference during Bachelor Pad, are: singers Michael Bolton and Brandy, comedienne Margaret Cho, NBC star/sports announcer/actor Rick Fox, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, Baywatch retiree David Hasselhoff, Mrs. Brady from The Brady Bunch Florence Henderson, Disney Channel sitcom star Kyle Massey, former GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin’s unwed daughter/baby mama Bristol Palin, the least annoying castmember on The Hills Audrina Patridge, the most annoying castmember on Jersey Shore Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, and NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.

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