Monday Night TV: Dancing With The Stars

As I noted yesterday, jilted Bachelor winner Melissa Rycroft, was added to the roster at Dancing With the Stars, which premieres tonight. She had all of two days to rehearse. I think she will be great, she's danced all her life and was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. I'm also glad she'll be a bigger star than Jason.

Lil' Kim is another I'm interested in watching.

Really smart move by ABC to add Melissa -- lots of people like me who aren't DWTS fans will be tuning in just to watch her and cheer her on.

What are you watching tonight?

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    uh, my wife is watching DWTS... (5.00 / 4) (#1)
    by easilydistracted on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 08:08:48 PM EST
    me...trolling the web. I am definitely not a fan of that program. Oh but my wife on the other hand... We were out tonight at our favorite Chinese restaurant, enjoying our usual orange chicken, extra sweet. I was on my second Grey Goose on the rocks when I happened to mention something about tonight being the DWTS opener -- I assumed she had the DVR already scheduled. Crap, I don't remember what it was I said or why I even said it. Whatever I said, it was a mistake because she had overlooked the fact the show started tonight. Suffice to say, from that point on, our dinner was not the same. Shovel here, cram there, "hurry and drink that drink distracted, I think I left a candle burning" (OK, right, sure ya did).

    Jeralyn, Lil Kim (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by indy in sc on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 08:43:39 PM EST
    dedicated her first dance to the ladies on lock down in federal prison.  Thought you might like that.

    There once was a fellow in CA (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by oculus on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 09:59:02 PM EST
    who was convicted of practicing law w/o a license.  Then he hung out his shingle in the same building where the the state investigators and AGs were renting space.  Felony dumb, eh?

    Oh, darn! I thought from (5.00 / 4) (#14)
    by Anne on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:14:05 PM EST
    the way your comment started that you were going to give us a limerick!

    Did you see the NYT article about (none / 0) (#19)
    by oculus on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:24:42 PM EST
    the blue stallion public art sculpture at the approach to Denver airport?  A woman started a website to get public reaction and people started commenting in haiku form.

    Wouldn't it be great to have the time (5.00 / 2) (#16)
    by Anne on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:15:41 PM EST
    to spend hours and hours dancing - what a great workout!  

    Didn't watch the show, but from the few times I've seen it, I have a lot of respect for the work that goes into doing something like that and making it look easy.

    Anecdotal evidence: not a good way (none / 0) (#20)
    by oculus on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:25:48 PM EST
    to make a living.

    Well, no, but imagine if you could (none / 0) (#23)
    by Anne on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:35:49 PM EST
    take a couple months of paid leave and spend it dancing all day...

    Speaking of things that won't pay the bills, I was an art major in college - English minor - fat lot of good that did me!  I ended up going back to school and getting a paralegal degree and have been doing estate and trust work for - gulp! - 30 years.  Art is a hobby I do not get to engage in as often as I would like, but it comes through in other ways.


    I always look forward to (5.00 / 2) (#33)
    by Amiss on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 12:28:19 AM EST
    DWTS every year. Her partner Tony Dovaloni has always been one of my favorite professionals on the show. After that is Medium which I am also a longtime fan of.

    Dont forget this week on the 12th All, or pretty much all of the stars from ER will return including George Clooney, Eriq LaSalle, Noah Wylie, etc, should be a great ending for this long running series.

    Watching basketball... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Steve M on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 08:33:30 PM EST
    and preparing for a weeklong arbitration hearing.  Joy!

    NCAA or Pro? (none / 0) (#4)
    by easilydistracted on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 08:34:52 PM EST
    Alright, I just heard someone get a (none / 0) (#3)
    by easilydistracted on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 08:34:15 PM EST
    "4" and everybody started booing. Urgh, I cannot stand that program.

    J (none / 0) (#6)
    by CoralGables on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 09:03:53 PM EST
    having ignored your Bachelor show, I felt obligated to pop in and watch Dancing With the Stars. Melissa looked great and it may get me back for more tomorrow night.

    I hadn't watched since Emmitt Smith completed the 2006 Trifecta of National Championships for the Florida Gators when they were #1 in Football, Basketball, and Dancing With the Stars.

    Funny... (none / 0) (#7)
    by indy in sc on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 09:14:57 PM EST
    I didn't think of Emmitt's win as completing a "trifecta."  I wish my Hurricanes could muster up a monofecta.  I'll take football.  We usually do well in baseball and I suppose Warren Sapp can come back on DWTS (or maybe they can convince Ray Lewis) for our own trifecta.

    The Canes (none / 0) (#25)
    by CoralGables on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:46:33 PM EST
    already swept three from the Gators in baseball this season. When it comes to baseball, the Canes have always danced well on the diamond.

    If they didn't have football players on (none / 0) (#10)
    by nycstray on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 09:55:03 PM EST
    and other assorted sports figures, I don't know if it would still have my attention. Emmitt was sure fun.

    Melissa did do a good job. Normally I don't like it if the "stars" have too much of a dance background. I like watching them grow into it, but in this situation, it's a bit more flexible for me. Also think her partner was smart to take her training and build a dance around it. I'll follow for the season. I usually work through it along with AI and use my daylight hours for more productive things like taking the dog to the park, lol!~ And with baseball starting up soon . . .


    My new fave unreality channel (none / 0) (#9)
    by Cream City on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 09:22:38 PM EST
    is HGTV.  I'm watching "House Hunters."  Ha!  As if any of these people could buy or sell a house now.

    It's my time of year to search HGTV for gardening shows, so I can dream of daffodils and tulips . . . under the snow as yet.  But they're coming.

    "House Hunters" and... (none / 0) (#28)
    by santarita on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 11:17:26 PM EST
    My House is Worth What?" were great shows to watch before the housing bubble burst.  You could almost see the bubble inflating with every show.  My favorite was the one where the couple wanted to know how much equity they had so they could borrow against it for a really big destination wedding.

    So sad. (none / 0) (#31)
    by Cream City on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 12:01:24 AM EST
    Young friends of my son delayed their big wedding to buy a condo a couple of years ago.  Way overpriced, I could tell, even though this was not one of the cities that boomed beyond reason.  But they wouldn't heed the wisdom of old folks who have watched markets for years.  

    They had their big wedding last year, borrowing again spending too much for it, too -- as they now see and say.  Because then they decided to start a family, so they wanted a house.  Found the one they wanted -- but then the market started tightening.  They couldn't get a good mortgage or find a buyer for the condo.  They're stuck with it, and with debt, and they can't afford to start a family.  And they're barely 30.

    At that age, we were sticking it out as renters for years, until we could come up with the 15 to 20% down payment for a place of our own.  It was so hard to save that much, but at least we were saved from being foolish.  So sad.


    Melissa did a great job... (none / 0) (#11)
    by S on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 09:58:36 PM EST
    Melissa looked great and with only three days rehearsal, she danced gracefully and frankly had one of the best performances of the night...

    ah...karma...she is so much better off without that unstable, fickle crybaby...

    ...now if Molly has any common sense left, she will run far away from Mr. Trouble and see what much better opportunities await her...

    My sentiments exactly (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:31:03 PM EST
    And I loved that the DWTS host and a judge made fun of Jason. You could really see Melissa's dance training in her performance, I thought she did really well.

    I was trying to explain the whole thing to the TL kid who was here for dinner -- not knowing anything about the Bachelor finale, he wasn't getting why it was such big deal that she is on DWTS. Finally, I came up with, "It's like she went from Muni court to the 10th circuit in a week" -- as a newbie lawyer, it was like a light bulb went off and then he got into it.


    Yeah, kinda nice to see him stamped (none / 0) (#30)
    by nycstray on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 11:30:21 PM EST
    with the "loser L" by the judge, lol!~ And Tony was smart the way he designed the dance around what she could do and then just 'waltz it up'. He did a nice job of showing off her strengths. If she has a quicker dance next week, she'll have her Cowboy background to help (and any other dance/audition training).

    And for a change of pace, rerun of jack Hanna on Letterman with 2 baby Nubyian (sp?) goats. {sigh} :)


    Not watching DWTS this season (none / 0) (#13)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:08:10 PM EST
    Found each season getting more difficult to enjoy. The producers became less and less able to pull off the manipulations without being obvious.

    This season doesn't have any stars, but the professional dancers have been growing in popularity and overshadowing the celebrity contestants since the Hough's joined the show.

    Brother Hough seems to be not (none / 0) (#15)
    by nycstray on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:15:07 PM EST
    doing as well on the popularity scale these days. He's getting to be a bit of a cocky a**. Kinda stupid to p!ss off Sapp, lol!~

    On screen, that's been the case for the (none / 0) (#24)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:39:41 PM EST
    past 2 seasons. His fellow dancers say that's not the real "self", and so much of what's on screen is manipulated by the producers.

    My daughter and her husband really wanted to try out for "The Amazing Race" but decided they didn't want to risk becoming the producer's choice for the couple to hate the most. Unfortunately, that seems to happen on all these "reality" shows.


    Actually, it was at some point last season (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by nycstray on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 11:13:01 PM EST
    where I think he personally crossed the line with his attitude. Nothing to do with scripting or what the producers wanted. Sure they can show them in whatever light they want, but he did this one all on his own. Heck, didn't they start out as the cute, loving siblings in a friendly rivalry? Some people are just a**es when it comes to the spotlight. I'd say with DWTS, you have less of the "love to hate" going on than the other shows. Live tapings and the format tend to keep it to a lower level. I didn't think anyone one the show was so obnoxious as to be the "love to hate" one, guess I just never saw it as that kind of show.

    I don't remember that (none / 0) (#34)
    by Inspector Gadget on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 09:09:56 AM EST
    It was his season with Brooke and they won. My turning point was when the producers would play and replay and replay the unfortunate "confessional" scene with the partner who became his real life girlfriend. They pushed as hard as they could to get the fans to stop voting for them.

    The producers get to manipulate through the practice footage and the confessional after the dance. And, they do. They will pounce on the first person to get frustrated and the woman who dares to cry. I've got a guess as to who they will be using this season for the drama.


    You may be on to something there (none / 0) (#17)
    by nycstray on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:18:22 PM EST
    And while the name works with the law theme, you could spin a whole series of "Lowering the Bar" shows. . . . LTB: The Doctors, LTB: The Bankers . . . seeing a CSI thing happenin' . . . .  ;)

    Don't forget the limbo. (none / 0) (#18)
    by oculus on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:23:37 PM EST
    Not watching anything. But found this (none / 0) (#22)
    by oculus on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:31:23 PM EST
    an interesting listen this afternoon:  Key West Conch Shell Champion

    Speaking of Key West (none / 0) (#26)
    by CoralGables on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:57:13 PM EST
    Margaritaville suffered some smoke damage this morning when a fire broke out on Duval Street. There's no sensual ballroom dancing that takes place there, but there is plenty of romantic margarita drinking debauchery.

    Nobody's Watching 24? (none / 0) (#29)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 11:21:35 PM EST
    I'm about to start. Last week's episode with a terrorist attack on the White House was really intense.

    Pratfall? (none / 0) (#35)
    by sj on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 09:35:33 AM EST
    Was there really a pratfall?  I watched (although a bit distracted) and didn't see a fall...