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As a longtime Chicagoan, Jason Sudeikis was a natural to play Rod Blagojevich on "Saturday Night Live," but it took some testicular virility to decide to handle the role the way he has.

Instead of replicating the high-pitched lilt of the Northwest Side ex-gov, Sudeikis gives his Blago the voice of a thickly accented Cicero thug. The portrayal has puzzled some Chicagoans, who perhaps hoped their hometown wacko would get the more dead-on, Tina-Fey-as-Sarah-Palin treatment.

But Sudeikis, asked about the part during his Wednesday visit to iO in Chicago, said his admittedly "broad interpretation" has its place on a show with a range of different comic styles.

"If you've never heard him talk," Sudeikis said, "I feel like that's what you'd think he would talk like."

TV Talk Today: Thursday's chat-show lineups

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The 'SNL' gang lives it up in Chicago

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saturday_night_live.jpgOfficially, the visit by stars of "Saturday Night Live" was a secret, but secrets seldom stay secret long in the chattery world of Chicago improv.

Melissa Rycroft survives 'Ballroom' elimination

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I had three words for tonight's results show: What a crock!

Excuse me, but if Melissa Rycroft has a fractured rib, does she really think she can continue to dance, especially VERY physical dances such as the jive or the Lindy Hop or the cha cha? Well, I guess we'll all see next week, as viewers' votes sent Chuck Wicks packing and kept Melissa around to dance another day. There were noticeable boos in the ballroom and with good reason. It's terrible that the dancers are injured, but if her fracture is as bad as she kept saying it was, does she really expect to out-dance Lil Kim? Gilles Marini?

Not that I've been a huge Chuck Wicks fan this season, but he had really improved the past few weeks. And honestly, if Melissa re-injures herself during this week's rehearsal and has to go home, then Chuck was sent packing for no reason. I wish injured dancers, I mean dancers with injuries that could severely impact their performances, would just pack up their dancing shoes and leave with grace.

At the other end of the emotional spectrum, I was over the moon when Ty Murray got the green light to continue on in the competition next week!!! Take THAT Len Goodman! The fiesty cowboy will not win this season's competition, but he has beaten the odds like nobody's business. And I want to see if he can achieve a darker spray-on tan than Edyta, so he HAS to hang on for another week.

In the "new pro" competition, here's hoping that statuesque Mayo is the winner when all is said and done. He is a breath of fresh air in terms of the male professional dancers we've come to know and love. He just has a different style, stature (he's a tall one, for sure) and moves like no other guy I've seen in all the seasons of "Dancing."

Melissa Rycroft survives 'Ballroom' elimination

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I had three words for tonight's results show: What a crock!

Excuse me, but if Melissa Rycroft has a fractured rib, does she really think she can continue to dance, especially VERY physical dances such as the jive or the Lindy Hop or the cha cha? Well, I guess we'll all see next week, as viewers' votes sent Chuck Wicks packing and kept Melissa around to dance another day. There were noticeable boos in the ballroom and with good reason. It's terrible that the dancers are injured, but if her fracture is as bad as she kept saying it was, does she really expect to out-dance Lil Kim? Gilles Marini?

Not that I've been a huge Chuck Wicks fan this season, but he had really improved the past few weeks. And honestly, if Melissa re-injures herself during this week's rehearsal and has to go home, then Chuck was sent packing for no reason. I wish injured dancers, I mean dancers with injuries that could severely impact their performances, would just pack up their dancing shoes and leave with grace.

At the other end of the emotional spectrum, I was over the moon when Ty Murray got the green light to continue on in the competition next week!!! Take THAT Len Goodman! The fiesty cowboy will not win this season's competition, but he has beaten the odds like nobody's business. And I want to see if he can achieve a darker spray-on tan than Edyta, so he HAS to hang on for another week.

In the "new pro" competition, here's hoping that statuesque Mayo is the winner when all is said and done. He is a breath of fresh air in terms of the male professional dancers we've come to know and love. He just has a different style, stature (he's a tall one, for sure) and moves like no other guy I've seen in all the seasons of "Dancing."

Ty Murray beats the odds and stays in the ballroom

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HAPPY NEWS!
Ty Murray defied all the odds (and judge Len Goodman's rude comments) to make it through to next week!
YAY

TV Talk Today: Tuesday's chat-show lineup

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'Dancing' ballroom up for grabs

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Yikes! What a night!
First Melissa Roycroft is out with a hairline fracture of her ribs. OUCH!
Here's the video:


Then, Ty Murray gets his first-ever spray-on tan! Cute!
Then, Len "Mr. Crankypants" Goodman tells Ty it's time the cowboy went home! BOOOO!

It was night of ups and downs, as the scores were as wild as Carrie Ann Inaba's whooping cheers. Gilles and Cheryl scored a solid 27 for their spirited Lindy Hop, though I thought it wasn't all that. Lil Kim and Derek turned in a stunning paso doble that left them at the top of the leader board for the night with a 28. Chuck and Julianne were very polished throughout their cha cha, but it only earned a 26 from the judges, as Bruno couldn't get past Chuck's "wooden arms." Shawn and Mark had some of the night's nuttiest round of scores, earning a 10 from Carrie Ann, and 8 from Len and a 9 from Bruno for a samba that to me looked really flat-footed (Shawn) and way over-danced (Mark). I thought Ty and Chelsie's salsa was just marvy. The spray-on tan seemed to put a little sprightliness in Ty's footwork and again, their scores were nutty: a 9 from Carrie Ann, a 7 from Len (who was roundly BOO'd with is very rude remark about Ty "hitting the trail") and an 8 from Bruno.

Were these judges watching the same routines? Never has the scoring been so all over the place. (Melissa and Tony earned a 21 from the judges who watched their final rehearsal video due to Melissa's absence from the ballroom tonight).

Then there was the team dancing: Team Mambo vs Team Tango.
Mambo was made up of Tony, Shawn, Mark, Julianne, Chuck, Lacey Schwimmer (filling in for Melissa, though not being judged; Melissa gets the team score of 25). It was a cheeky dance indeed, right down to the "men in white tights" routine at the very end. Didn't Justin Timberlake already wow the world with THAT bit on "SNL"? The judges rightfully called it gimmicky, fun and distracting.

On the other hand, the Tango team (Gilles, Derek, Lil Kim, Cheryl, Chelsie and Ty) was hot, hot, hot, thanks in great measure to Ty's new tan (hee-hee) and some incredibly synchronized footwork that just left me saying WOOOOOOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Lil Kim's misstep and Gilles' less-than spectacular footwork (we've seen it all before, Gilles!! Come on, don't go lazy at this stage of the game!) didn't matter in the end. The team earned a 29 for their efforts.

At this point, it's anyone's game. And if Melissa's fan base voted like crazy tonight, she should be back, leaving the door open for Ty to ride off into the sunset. (Although... Shawn is also showing signs of losing her initial spark; this is getting very interesting).

This is one of the most difficult seasons to call in the history of this show.
Tuesday's prediction: Barring a lack of Melissa viewer votes, Ty will probably be gone.

TV Talk Today: Monday's chat-show lineups

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Shawn Johnson and the "piano man"

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Seems our little miss 17-year-old was in a Des Moines piano bar recently (excuse me, she's only 17, but I digress). TMZ.com has the video. You be the judge....

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TV Talk Today: Friday's chat-show lineups

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TV Talk Today: Thursday's chat-show lineups

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Lawrence Taylor the latest casualty of the 'DWTS' ballroom

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As predicted here Monday, football legend Lawrence Taylor was sent to the locker room Monday night on "Dancing with the Stars." The NFL great took it all in stride saying the usual "it was great" but obviously excited about his return to his true passion these days: Golf.

Partner Edyta Sliwinska reminded LT that he owes her golf lessons, "after all, I taught you to dance." Nice. A nd LT showed the world that Edyta can actually wear clothes (the costume he "designed" for her this week had more fabric in it than ALL her costumes combined).

And again, there was no "dance-off." Hope it's gone for good.

And instead of the children's competition (which was sooooooo charming the past two seasons) we now have "VOTE FOR A NEW PRO DANCER." Oh brother. Frankly, I'm not a fan of having pro dancers who've never competed as a professional ballroom dancer. I think that should be one of the prerequisites. There. I said it.

Gilles Marini talking about 'Sex and the City' sequel

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Hollyscoop.com is reporting that the hunky actor Gilles Marini is in negotiations for the sequel to the hugely successful feature film "Sex and the City." To wit, the site reports;


"While we're used to Sex & the City surrounding the lives of our favorite TV girlfriends; Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, one actor stole the spotlight during the movie--Gilles Marini aka: Samantha's hot neighbor Dante.

Gilles, Samantha's "sex on a stick" neighbor, played Dante in the hit movie, which left women across the country begging for more. Now that the SATC sequel has been confirmed, is there room in the sequel for this sexy actor? It's definitely a possibility.

Hollyscoop caught up with Gilles last night at the "Dancing With the Stars" taping where he opened up about the idea of making a cameo on the new SATC sequel.

"We've been talking," Gilles told Hollyscoop exclusively. "We'll see what happens. If Michael Patrick King comes down and says 'I have this part for you', I'll drop everything, except 'Dancing With the Stars,' and I'll do it."

He added, "He's a brilliant writer so I'd love to work with him again. I'm sure he has a lot of amazing thing cooking for me."

TV Talk Today: Wednesday's chat-show lineups

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TV Talk Today: Tuesday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests on tonight's talk shows:

It was a night of elegance and grace as Lawrence Taylor "got his smooth on" in an elegant waltz, Ty Murray proved that even cowboys can be sophisticated dancers, and Gilles Marini proved that even the waltz can be sexy.

Seven couples remain and the competition is fierce! Melissa's Argentine tango was fiery, precise and polished and the judges rewarded her and partner Tony Dovolani with a 29 (the highest of the evening). Lil Kim's rhumba as slow, hot and steamy, but not for judge Bruno Tonioli who gushed "bring back the raunch!!!" Yowzah!

Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough redeemed themselves with a lickety-split samba that earned them a generous 27. Shawn Johnson looked very grown up tonight with a similarly fast and furious turn on the floor, only this time out it was the cha cha cha that earned her solid 28.

But it was Ty's perfectly tempo'd waltz that earned the night's most outrageous commentary by judge Len Goodman. Remarking about Ty's very stylized up-and-down movements, Goodman remarked "There was more rise and fall than a bride's nightie!"

Gotta love that British sense of humor!

Gilles slipped even further away from the top of the leaderboard tonight with a 27 for his efforts in the Viennese waltz. C'mon Gilles and Cheryl!! Get your groove back!

For the group dance (judged only by the viewers!) it was a trip in time to the 1960s when mod was all the rage. Not one of the best group dances in the show's history, and frankly I'm still scratching my head over Ty and Chelsie's choice for a solo moment, but it was fun nonetheless.

Somebody's going home Tuesday night and my prediction is Lawrence Taylor. He's had a good run, but there's just too much better dancing going on around him. Sorry LT!!

TV Talk Today: Friday's chat-show lineups

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Susan Boyle beams her song to America

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CBS snags the suddenly famous Susan Boyle this morning and has her sing awkwardly via satellite from her home in the village ...


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C'mon, where's Pebbles!

TV Talk Today: Thursday's chat-show lineups

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'The biggest wake-up call ever'

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Simon Cowel''s other show -- one of several -- is an "American Idol"-like singing contest in the U.K. called "Britain's Got Talent." Like "Idol," many of the contestants are fresh-faced youngsters who could double as catalog models. Until this week.

A woman named Susan Boyle strolls in -- she's 47, she's frumpy, she's dowdy, and she lives with her cat, Pebbles. The show sets her up to be a sad sack. And then she opens her mouth to sing ...

Watch the audience's faces before. Then watch them jump to their feet when she sings and absolutely nails it. Watch Simon's eyebrows and his wistful -- yes, wistful -- smile. Watch Susan win one for the rest of the world. And hear the other judge, Amanda Holden, say, "That was the biggest wake-up call ever!" It is, after all, a show about finding undiscovered talent. Go, girl.

Before Adam Lambert was an 'Idol' ...

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By Misha Davenport

"American Idol" frontrunner Adam Lambert has shown a flair for the dramatic in his performances on the show each week.

Judging from the clips available on YouTube, it's old hat for the song-and-dance man.

As mentioned during the auditions, Lambert understudied the role of Fiyero in the Los Angeles production of the hit musical "Wicked."

And sure enough, someone has posted a clip of him in it singing the song "Dancing Through Life":

More after the jump ...

Sneak peeks of Chicago's 'My Boys'

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Liking the third season of "My Boys"? We certainly were, with all those shots of the Sun-Times logo in last night's episode, in which PJ got a promotion here to her own sports column.

Here's a quick compilation of the show's "dude" moments ...

A clip from next week's show after the jump ...

Steve-O sent packing from 'Dancing with the Stars'

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It came down to three couples tonight: Julianne and Chuck, Ty and Chelsie and Steve-O and Lacey. And again, "Dancing with the Stars" changed the results show rules by not holding a dance-off. Maybe it's just every other week? Or not? But I digress.

And then there were two: Ty Murray and Steve-O and their respective partners. If I ruled the world, Steve-O would have been sent packing. Hey! I rule the world!! Steve-O was finally shown the door. Not that it wasn't a blast watching him not dance week after week.
Ty will be outta there soon, too, but I'd like to see him dance one more time (and check out the costume he designed for his partner, next week). By the way, was it just me, or was Chelsie just a bit peeved with Ty after their weak performance Monday night? Backstage video did not paint her in a very good light.

Thank goodness Lil' Kim's costume didn't "malfunction" tonight in her encore jive with Derek.

The competition is going to get fierce in the coming weeks as the remaining couples are truly very very good dancers. I'm looking forward to the group dance on Monday and the costumes--- designed for the very first time by the celebs working with the show's phenomenal costume department. Sequins rule!

I'm making my mid-season prediction: It's gonna come down to Gilles and Lil' Kim in the finals. And you know who I'll be rooting for!!

Lil Kim costume snafu on 'Dancing with the Stars'

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It wasn't exactly Janet Jackson's Superbowl snafu moment, but there was a bit of a "popping out" incident last night on 'DWTS' with Lil Kim. Read on:

LOS ANGELES -- Lil' Kim nearly had a big wardrobe malfunction on
"Dancing With the Stars."

This week's front-runner on the ABC dance competition had some trouble with
her top at the end of a jive with partner Derek Hough on Monday night. Host
Tom Bergeron provided cover while the rapper adjusted as she and Hough
approached the judges table.

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Lil Kim and Derek Hough perform the jive. AP PHOTO

Lil' Kim told KABC-TV after the show: "I don't know why this happens a lot
of the time, but ... the girls were tryin' to come out."

The nearly X-rated moment was edited out by the time the show was
rebroadcast on the West Coast, but it didn't seem to bother the judges: Lil'
Kim and Hough posted a night's best 28 out of a possible 30 for their
spirited dance. AP

'American Idol' live chat 4/14/09

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TV Talk Today: Tuesday's chat-show lineup

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Ho-hum Monday on 'Dancing with the Stars'

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It was a night of not too many surprises or "wow" moments on "Dancing with the Stars."
Seriously. Even Gilles Marini, who has been positively electrifying the past few weeks turned in a jive that was more rock n roll than jive, to the point that, well, I had to agree with Len Goodman: It was just too frantic. Score: 26

The best moments of the night came courtesy of Shawn Johnson's "pure" yet sizzling rhumba and Lil Kim's fun, fast and wild jive. Neither dance was strictly indicative of its respective dance form, but at least they were both passionate and stylized. Score 28 for Lil Kim and 26 for Shawn.

Gotta say, Melissa's rhumba was a bore. It was nothing to scream about, no matter that the judges gave her a ridiculously high score of 27. It was clean and precise, but there was not much fire. Sorry,it just didn't wow me.

Lawrence's jive was equally unimpressive. It was his best dance so far, but still not on par with the rest of the pack. He was having fun, but it wasn't jivin'. Score:22

Julianne and Chuck's rhumba was smooth, slow and sexy, but there were too many technical mistakes to make it exciting. Julianne's costume sizzled more than any of Chuck's footwork. Score: 23.

Which brings us to the guy who's gotta go, and the guy who hopefully will be back to dance another week.

Enough already of Steve-O. The guy can't dance. He established that on week one of the competition. And I still don't know what judge Carrie Ann Inaba was looking at while Steve-O and partner Lacey danced, but it sure wasn't a rhumba. He was standing and pointing and pointing and standing while Lacey slithered all around him. She was fantastic. He was not. Score: 16. Here's hoping the dance-off sends him packing.

And then there's Ty, and you know how much I've been pulling for Ty! His jive was the perfect Texas line dance! What was his partner Chelsie thinking? It was "Urban Cowboy" instead of "Boogie Woogie." I hope Ty sticks around for another week. But the elimination round on Tuesday is gonna a tough one for him to survive. Score:18.

TV Talk Today: Friday's chat-show lineups

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Closing arguments held in Castroneves' tax trial

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AP pubished this report this morning from the tax evasion trial of former "Dancing with the Stars" darling Helio Castroneves. Just keeping you in the loop:


By CURT ANDERSON

MIAMI -- Indy race car driver Helio Castroneves, his sister and his lawyer engaged in an intricate "pattern of deception" to avoid paying U.S. income taxes on millions of dollars over a five-year period, a prosecutor said Thursday in closing arguments at the trio's tax evasion trial.

"These defendants attempted to skip out on taxes that all must pay, regardless of how rich, regardless of how famous," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Dwyer as the six-week trial drew to a close. "We have proved that beyond a reasonable doubt."
But Castroneves' attorney David Garvin said there was a legal explanation for the financial activities and insisted there was no intent to hide money from the U.S. government. Garvin also said Castroneves relied on experts to handle the complexities of U.S. tax law.

"He signed anything in front of him, including documents he shouldn't be signing," Garvin said. "There is ignorance and mistakes at times. But there is no crime."

Dwyer argued that Castroneves, a Brazilian who twice won the Indianapolis 500, and the others tried to conceal his control of a Panamanian shell company called Seven Promotions and lied to tax lawyers and accountants about his true income. Documents and witnesses support the prosecution's claims that Castroneves knowingly dodged some $2.3 million in U.S. taxes between 1999 and 2004, he added.

"Since 1999, the defendants have engaged in a pattern of deception," Dwyer said.
Defense lawyers for Castroneves, his sister and business manager Katiucia Castroneves and Michigan attorney Alan Miller were scheduled to continue their closing arguments later Thursday and Friday. The 12-person jury was expected to begin deliberations Friday afternoon.

Each of the three could face more than six years in prison if convicted of conspiracy and tax evasion charges. The case mainly involves a $2 million sponsorship deal Castroneves had with the Brazilian firm Coimex and his $5 million licensing agreement with Penske Racing that was signed in late 1999.

Castroneves is still part of Team Penske but has been replaced by Australian driver Will Power pending the outcome of the trial. Penske executives testified that Castroneves is one of the IndyCar circuit's top drivers, gaining even greater fame by winning TV's "Dancing With The Stars" competition in 2007.

Central to the prosecution's case is who controlled Seven Promotions. Castroneves' father, Helio Castroneves Sr., testified that he created the Panamanian company as a vehicle to promote his son's career and that at various times it was owned by a Brazilian lawyer or by executives at Coimex.

But Dwyer scoffed at that testimony, pointing to numerous documents and witness statements indicating Castroneves controlled Seven. If that was true, he owed U.S. taxes on the $5 million because Penske stood ready to make the payments -- even if Miller abruptly told Penske not to pay the money to Seven.

"The basic rule is, you can't turn your back on income," Dwyer said.

Testimony indicated Miller stopped the payments because Penske would have withheld 30 percent in taxes. The $5 million eventually wound up in a deferred compensation account with the Dutch firm Fintage Licensing B.V., where it remains today. Castroneves' attorneys have said U.S. taxes would be paid when that account comes due in May of this year.

Garvin, however, said because Miller asked Penske to halt payments before they were due, no tax liability was triggered. The Fintage deal was intended to provide for Castroneves' retirement, he added.

"The whole purpose is to defer the tax. That's not an improper motive," Garvin said.
Besides the Penske and Coimex money, prosecutors say Castroneves claimed thousands of dollars in improper tax deductions and failed to disclose as income Hugo Boss clothing and airline tickets he received.
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808s and fish sticks: 'South Park' skewers Kanye

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"South Park" last night declared that Chicago rapper Kanye West is not only gay ... he's a fish. A gay fish. Whatever. Watch the clips below, and watch for an angry denial on Kanye's blog soon ... (Update: and it's here!)

Another clip after the jump ...

Fox Chicago news anchor Robin Robinson had an interesting report Wednesday night on Fox News at 9 regarding the fact that many African-American women do not exercise regularly ----- because of their hair. More to the point, the fact that their chemically-straightened hair doesn't allow them the convenience of a workout/shower/go to work process that the rest of us take for granted.

This is a fascinating an eye-opening report, (especially about health issues, and not just the issues about all the dangers of chemical relaxers). The video is here for your convenience, and it really gives us a LOT to think about. Robinson herself is sporting a "natural" curl to her otherwise "anchorwoman 'do".... see what you think. Apparently there is a study that supports Robinson's claims. What do you think ladies? Let us know.

Fox Chicago news anchor Robin Robinson had an interesting report Wednesday night on Fox News at 9 regarding the fact that many African-American women do not exercise regularly ----- because of their hair. More to the point, the fact that their chemically-straightened hair doesn't afford them the luxury of a workout/shower/go to work ability that the rest of us take for granted.

This is a fascinating an eye-opening report, (especially about health issues, and not just the issues about all the dangers of chemical relaxers). The video is here for your convenience, and it really gives us a LOT to think about. Robinson herself is sporting a "natural" curl to her otherwise "anchorwoman 'do".... see what you think. Apparently there is a study that supports Robinson's claims. What do you think ladies? Let us know.

Attention all Chuck Wicks/Julianne Hough fans

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By CAITLIN KING
WASHINGTON -- Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough aren't engaged, but the country singer admits that performing with his girlfriend on "Dancing With The Stars" could be good preparation for a wedding day dance.

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Wicks and Hough have been dating for nine months and are paired together on the show. On Tuesday's episode, after the pair finished their dance, he got down on one knee, sparking a bit of engagement buzz -- show host Samantha Harris even asked Wicks if he had anything to announce to the audience (he said no).

While the two might not be planning a wedding, when asked in a recent interview if he considered "Dancing With the Stars" good training for a nuptial dance, he said: "I don't need to go on a show to train with her, but I don't fight that question at all."

Wicks said before the ABC competition, the only wedding dance staple he knew was the electric slide.

"When you go to weddings, and you hear 'It's Electric,' I'm that guy. I go out there. I start it off," he said.

But not anymore.

Wicks has now performed a waltz, a salsa, a foxtrot, a lindy hop and a Viennese waltz on the show with Hough.

The singer calls himself "a total goof ball," but said both he and Hough are taking this competition very seriously. Hough has already won "Dancing With The Stars" twice with other celebrity partners.

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"This time it's a little more personal," Wicks said. "We've got a lot riding on this. I want to prove to her that I can do this, and I think, vice versa."

And Wicks admits that the exposure he's getting on the show is a huge opportunity to win over new fans.

"Let's face it, a lot of people have no idea who I am," said Wicks. "So this is a great way to say, 'Hey, this is what I do. I hope you like my music, and I hope you like the way I can try to dance."' AP

Adam Lambert's 'Mad World'

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Holy moly! Adam Lambert crawls inside the Tears for Fears classic "Mad World" and delivers a pound of gooseflesh ...

Oh yeah. He's gonna win.

I gotta admit, I didn't see this one coming. I had predicted that Lawrence Taylor would be outta there tonight, and even though LT made it to the dance-off, it was David Alan Grier he had to beat--- and he did. I'm still not sure if the dance-off is a good thing. I'm just not sure what difference it makes.

For example, it would only really make a difference if both dance-off contestants had the same amount of viewer votes. Right? I mean if one dancer is trailing by 100,000 votes going in to the dance-off, what difference do the judges' "new" votes make especially if the judges give the dancer the same vote from the previous night? Maybe I'm missing the point. But then math was never my strong suit.
:)

Kal Penn goes from 'House' to the White House

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Everyone's talking about Kal Penn today. His character just up and killed himself on last night's "House," making for a very awkward moment in the show. (Why couldn't House figure this out?!) In real life, we know why Penn left -- he's taking a job in Obama's White House.

Penn got on the phone with reporters today to discuss his abrupt departure, his new gig and what this means for the future of Harold & Kumar. Here's some audio from that teleconference ...

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NBC giveth, but the ratings taketh away.

The Hollywood Reporter says NBC is moving its much-hyped freshman drama "Kings" from Sundays at 7 p.m. to the much dreaded Saturday 7 p.m. time slot to burn off the remaining eight episodes of the show.

The show will be replaced by an additional hour of "Dateline" on Sundays.

"Pushing Daisies" resurrected (sort of).

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It's a case of live imitating art, we guess.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the critically-acclaimed, cult favorite "Pushing Daisies" just might be returning to ABC's Primetime line up as early as May 30.

The show, which stars Lee Pace as a pie maker blessed/cursed with the ability to bring anyone and anything back to life for one minute, will burn off the remaining unaired episodes Saturdays at 9 p.m.

The show's creator and executive producer, Bryan Fuller, has already moved on. He's resumed writiing duties on another troubled show, NBC's "Heroes." Cast and crew did go back for some reshoots to wrap the series up, though.

TV Talk Today: Tuesday's chat-show lineup

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'Dancing with the Stars' blows 'perfect' moment

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Somebody tell me just what the heck is going on with judge Len Goodman? Honestly, he deemed Gilles Marini's and Cheryl Burke's paso doble as being "too hectic." Excuse me?
That was one of the most gorgeous, fiery, fierce and PERFECT pasos in the history of "Dancing with the Stars" and BOO ON LEN for giving it a crummy "9" and thus ruining what should have been another perfect "30" for Marini and Burke. (Kudos to Carrie Ann and Bruno for recognizing a "10" performance when they see one).

But it was a night of oddball scoring....

Moving on to the other end of things, poor Ty Murray (and you know how I have championed him these past four weeks). His paso looked just awful; stiff and full of heavy-footed stomping that just screamed a score of "15" and yet, the judgest gave him a 21. Just ridiculous scoring.

Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks were postively boring in their Viennese waltz, with sloppy footwork and not enough actual Viennese waltz in the mix. And yet, they earned a score of "23." Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas turned in a lovely Viennese waltz, that was elegant in its simplicity (to paraphrase the judges) and yet, they only managed at "26." Ouch! Moving on to David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson who proved ostrich-feather fans don't always make for a good dance. Their boring Viennese waltz nabbed a "22" (seemed more like an 18 to me, but go figure). Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani just looked tired and disconnected during their paso (25). And I gotta hand it to Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer who turned in an adorable Parisian-inspired Viennese waltz that gave them a lofty (for them) 18. Lil Kim's Viennese waltz (26) was nice but I didn't think it was better than Melissa's paso. Yes it was "floaty" as Len said, but there could have been a lot more Viennese waltz "holds" in that routine.

On to Tuesday for the (humiliating) dance-off between Steve-O and Lawrence.
Prediction: The NFL superstar is headed for the locker room.

And note to Edyta Sliwinska: Your spray-on tan was just out of control tonight. That two-toned motif you had going on was just cartoonish.

'Dancing with the Stars' fashions a hot competition

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AP had a great story today about those fabulous costumes we see each week on "Dancing with the Stars." So here ya go (cuz I know you wanna know!):


NEW YORK -- There's a secondary contest running each week on TV's "Dancing With the Stars": Who will have the best costume?
Certainly it's not a stretch to think that tech whiz and philanthropist Steve Wozniak wouldn't have lasted as long as he did this season if dance partner Karina Smirnoff hadn't worn those barely there outfits like her sheer, black cha-cha number.


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But costume designer Randall Christensen says he doesn't play favorites. Instead, he keeps his fingers crossed that there'll be no wardrobe malfunction. So far, he -- and his dancers -- have been lucky.
There could have been some dicey moments during season five when Melanie Brown wore her pleather dominatrix getup, but it was only "slightly naughty," Christensen says. "That all came together wonderfully. All that was missing was the whip -- but it looked fantastic!"
The biggest challenge in season eight so far was retrofitting a costume that was supposed to be worn by injured 5-foot-9 Nancy O'Dell for her replacement, 5-foot-5 Melissa Rycroft of "The Bachelor."
Christensen runs against the same clock as the celebrities trying to learn their new dances. He gets his assignment after each results show when the style -- and remaining celebrities -- are announced.
The men don't take too long and they always look just fine, he says, but the women have much more at stake. It helps if the stars already have an eye for fashion; he'll take any help in speeding up the process.
"We make the costumes in four days. I get the music assignment as soon as they get it, and I just play it and play it again. We need to get a feel for it," Christensen explains. "I'm playing it all the time, my assistants are playing it. The energy is so intense and exciting."
As soon as the stars for the season are announced, Christensen meets with each one to build a database of their measurements and preferences. Then, each week he gets another 15 minutes with each couple.
"The competitive juices about costumes kick in after the first week. They want to show it off and be over the top," Christensen says.
So far, Christensen hasn't found the right person to wear the costume he's eager to make of a handpainted dragon on a dress with rhinestone scales. There's a tipping point, he says, where the stars worry they look like drag queens.
AP

TV Talk Today: Monday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests from today's talk shows:

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" (9 a.m., Channel 7) Actress Cheryl Hines.

"Live With Regis And Kelly" (9 a.m., Channel 9): In New Orleans, chef Emeril Lagasse; basketball star Chris Paul; music group the Rebirth Brass Band.

"The View" (10 a.m., Channel 7) "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" stars Molly Ringwald and Shailene Woodley. (R)

"The Bonnie Hunt Show" (2 p.m., Channel 5): Actor Dennis Haysbert; journalist Cynthia McFadden.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (3 p.m., Channel 5) Singer Miley Cyrus; journalist Chris Matthews. (R)

"The Tyra Banks Show" (4 p.m., WPWR-Channel 50) Levi Johnston, father of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's grandson.

"Larry King Live" (8 p.m., CNN) Pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen.

"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (10 p.m., Comedy Central) Actor Michael J. Fox.

"The Colbert Report" (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central) Journalist Tom Brokaw.

"Late Show With David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., Channel 2) Actor Paul Rudd; music group Razorlight. (R)

"The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (10:35 p.m., Channel 5) TV host Ellen DeGeneres; actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse; musician Raul Malo. (R)

"Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" (11:35 p.m., Channel 2) Actress Amy Adams; musician M. Ward; comedian Nick Griffin. (R)

"Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (11:35 p.m., Channel 5) Actress Cameron Diaz; actor Billy Crudup; music group Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. (R)

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" (12:05 a.m., Channel 7) Actress Evangeline Lilly; "The Bachelor" star Jason Mesnick; music group New Kids on the Block. (R)

Station says no thanks to Leno in primetime

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Uh, oh. In a worrisome sign for NBC's game-changing primetime makeover plans, a Boston affiliate is refusing to air Jay Leno's new 10 p.m. talk show in the fall.

WHDH Channel 7 -- in Leno's hometown -- said it will air its own hourlong local newscast instead.

Explaining the move to The Boston Globe, station owner Ed Ansin said he believes a newscast will draw higher ratings than Leno.

'ER' finale lands huge audience

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Nielsen Media Research says that 16.4 million people watched the two-hour finale of "ER." That's the most-watched swan song for a television drama since "Murder She Wrote" in 1996.

TV Talk Today: Friday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guest scheduled on today's talk shows:

Not even "Baywatch" had the tans to match those sported by the ensemble cast of "Dancing with the Stars." Their spray-on bronzers make everyone look like they just flew in from the French Riviera.

Too bad fashion icon Valentino (whose fashions I ADORE) hasn't heard of spray-on tans!
Check out this lovely shade of pumpkin that he sported (on his face only, BTW) at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Induction Ceremony for Valentino in Beverly Hills, Calif. earlier today.
YIKES!!!

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Valentino with actress Anne Hathaway in Beverly Hills. AP Photo


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Cheryl Burke and celeb partner Cristian de la Fuente sported tans of the gods on "Dancing with the Stars." AP Photo

Lady Gaga on 'American Idol'

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She was just in Chicago, blowing our minds, but we don't recall ... um ... the armpit garden ...

'ER' finale live blog tonight

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TV Talk Today: Thursday's chat-show lineups

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A selection of guests scheduled on today's talk shows: