On Friday, Tom Bergeron tweeted that he would be leaving ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos after its next season. Somehow, in 140 characters, Bergeron buried the lead, and the news went mostly unnoticed:
This morning, however, Vulture broke the news, including an emailed statement from Bergeron, who also hosts the network’s Dancing with the Stars, that went like this: “I’m embracing change this month. DWTS will sure have plenty of it. And I’ve decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of AFV, next year, the show’s 25th anniversary(!!), will be my last. As Doctor Who fans know, every so often a regeneration is a good thing.”
Sources say the announcement by Bergeron — who is not the show’s first host, just its longest running — does not spell the end for the series. This makes sense given that, despite premiering in 1989, it’s still pulling in a 1.4 demo rating.
Fresh off their gold-medal win at the Sochi Olympics, ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White will headline the all-star lineup of ABC‘s competition series Dancing With The Stars when it returns for its 18th season – part of a celebrity lineup that’s heavy on athletes. Davis and White, who have been skating partners since 1997, will compete against each other on Dancing. They’ll be joined by double-amputee snowboarding champ Amy Purdy – a world-champion adaptive snowboarder and the show’s first Paralympian to compete. And, Sean Avery will be the first former hockey player in Dancing history. Also in this year’s celebrity cast: swimmer Diana Nyad, who became the first person to complete a historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Key West in September of 2013 on her fifth attempt.
Joining the athletes in the battle for the mirrorball trophy: The Wonder Years star Danica McKellar, comedian turned game show host Drew Carey, actor Billy Dee Williams, former Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure, Real Housewives reality star NeNe Leakes, Australian pop singer Cody Simpson, and Big Time Rush actor-singer James Maslow. Read More »
Bill Nye the Science Guy, whose fan-fave-dom is helping ABC resuscitate ratings on its Dancing With The Stars franchise, got the hook last night, which may spell trouble for the competition series as it works its way back up in the ratings. Nye’s ouster triggered viewer complaints online that the now-one-night-a-week show’s new system of voting — previous week’s viewer vote lumped with current performance judges’ votes — caused Nye to be booted unfairly. On the other hand, Nye danced mostly from the waist up last night, performing with a pretty serious leg injury after tripping at the end of last week’s dance. The judges last night acknowledged Nye’s dance was unconventional, that he had danced with a fairly serious injury, complimented Nye and partner for choreographing around the injury, said they admired him for performing at all, that their scores did not reflect their admiration of him for what he had done — and then they nuked him. This prompted Tom Bergeron — best reality TV host no matter what the TV Academy says on Emmy night — to ask Nye why the judges’ votes shouldn’t reflect their admiration of Nye, speaking for viewers everywhere. On the other hand, Nye couldn’t dance from the waist up every week, or the other competitors also would have to be judged from the waist up — so maybe this was the Dancing With The Stars equivalent of putting down a much loved but terminally ill family pet. Anyway, before last night’s Nye nuking, Dancing averaging nearly 15 million viewers this season — up 12% compared to last fall — and a 2.7 rating in the demo, which is up 17%. Watch Nye’s performance: Read More »
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:
“PSYCHO” MIKE CATHERWOOD
SUGAR RAY LEONARD
ROMEO (Percy Romeo Miller, Jr)
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).
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.