The next season has been announced, but no word on who will be in it yet. Here's a snippet from a larger article, with just the part about DWtS.
Dancing With the Stars 4
Dancing With the Stars to Return in March
ABC's 'Dancing' machine to return
By Georg Szalai
Nov 16, 2006
NEW YORK -- ABC is bringing back "Dancing With the Stars" in March in a time slot yet to be determined, while CBS is demonstrating its faith in new Monday comedy "The Class" by ordering additional episodes. Those were two news tidbits revealed Wednesday at a panel here organized by the International Radio & Television Society Foundation.
The IRTS Newsmaker Breakfast, titled "The Schedulers," also spent time discussing Fox's controversial two-part interview with O.J. Simpson, set to air Nov. 27 and 29 to end this month's sweep.
Mitch Metcalf, executive vp program planning and scheduling at NBC Entertainment, received questions about his network's recent focus on reality programming at 8 p.m. He emphasized that this is "not a hard rule. We believe you have to have a balance between reality and scripted shows."
ABC Entertainment executive vp Jeff Bader offered that "we all have thoughts like that, but we don't say it out loud." But he added that comedy, which has had a tough primetime run in recent years, still can work in the 8 p.m. slot.
He said his network is looking to bring back "Dancing" in March with the time period still being worked out as ABC is trying to figure out whether to run it opposite the "tsunami" that is Fox's "American Idol."
So the wait begins for us to see who will be in next season... :whistle
Oh, they'd just be fools to pit it against American Idol. I'd never miss that show (AI) to watch anything else!!! We actually have AI party nights at our house, where we seat 6 friends to catcall and applaud the singers.
Originally Posted by Nemeses;2144174;
We'll have to miss the March shows, if they do that. ~sigh~
Article from MSNBC about last night's winners show:
MSNBC Article Regarding Dancing With The Stars Winners
Smith's victory proves ‘Dancing's’ charm
Mario Lopez was a ringer, yet football player still bested him
By Linda Holmes
The obvious way to look at Wednesday night’s finale of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” was as a showdown between football fans and “Saved By The Bell” fans. Who’s more devoted: people who watch games every Sunday afternoon, or people who watch bad comedy every Saturday morning? But in reality, the showdown between Mario Lopez and Emmitt Smith was nothing less than a battle for the show’s soul. Or, really, a battle for what would be the show’s soul if it had one. Emmitt’s victory hit the spot.
From the first week, it was obvious that Mario Lopez was a ringer. Even if you hadn’t seen him dance on shows like “Kids, Incorporated” and, yes, on “Saved By The Bell,” you would have known that this was not his first time on the dance floor, the way it was for a lot of the celebrities involved. Paired with the prickly Karina, Mario started to look like that kid in high-school theater who knows he’s going to get the lead and loves nothing more than making everyone else sit through his audition and doubt themselves. No amount of backstage dimple-flashing and trumped-up humility could ever quite wash away the strut. The kid thought it was in the bag.
Emmitt Smith, on the other hand, was exactly the kind of celebrity who can make this ridiculous show weirdly appealing. He wasn’t a clown, like Jerry Springer. He wasn’t an earnest failure, like Sara Evans. He had the rare combination of natural ability and a capacity and willingness to learn how to do something outside his comfort zone.
For all the talk about unscripted shows (this isn’t really “reality” in the “Survivor” sense) capitalizing on humiliating people, that isn’t really what “Dancing” is about when it’s fun. Well, okay, it was fun to see Tucker Carlson humiliated, but that’s because he’s Tucker Carlson, and he comes across like a bit of a windbag, and total ineptitude on the part of an unappealing person is entertaining.
Smith's victory proved show is still satisfyingly nutty
When the show works, it’s because watching someone become good at something they don’t know how to do is satisfying, and watching them discover and develop a natural talent they didn’t know they had is even better. It seems like a lot of credit to give such a fundamentally silly enterprise (“Next up: Jerry Springer performs the paso doble and smashes a prop guitar!”), but it’s quite true: part of the fun is all the learning. The most auspicious thing Emmitt Smith said in the first episode was that he was used to being coached, and it turned out to be true. Emmitt worked hard, and he didn’t complain (much), and sure enough, he kept getting better.
Mario, on the other hand, seemed to see his coaching sessions mostly as opportunities to develop his love-hate relationship with Karina — which apparently went in the direction of “love,” given Tuesday night’s footage of what certainly appeared to be a few stolen smooches. Mario learned the steps for each dance, and his dances were often quite intricate. But there was not the sense that a guy who was not a dancer became a dancer.
That’s the peculiarly nutty fun of this particular show. You take someone who isn’t a dancer, and you see if you can make that person a dancer, and sometimes disaster strikes, and sometimes it doesn’t. That’s why people like Mario and last season’s Stacy Keibler aren’t quite as compelling as people like Emmitt and last season’s champion Drew Lachey. Looking at Mario in the first week, the logical reaction was, “Wow, Mario Lopez can dance.” But looking at Emmitt, the logical reaction was, “Wow, I can’t believe Emmitt Smith can dance.”
Wednesday night’s finale proved all these points all over again. When the two repeated chosen dances from Tuesday — Emmitt’s samba and Mario’s freestyle — it was clear that Mario’s dance was more technically advanced and probably more perfectly executed. But there wasn’t nearly as much of a gap between what he did and what you would expect him to be able to do as there was in Emmitt’s case. It is the busting of expectations that addicts people to the performances. Who knew Jerry Springer would be so warmly self-deprecating? Who knew Monique Coleman would get so emotional? Who knew Joey Lawrence was so creepy and intense?
There were endless recaps of the season, in which we saw over and over that Mario nailed basically every dance he was given, only taking real hits when he hammed up dances like the quickstep and the tango and was clipped for breaking the rules. Emmitt, on the other hand, was the purest of underdogs. He started out surprisingly promising, took a stumble or two, kept working, and eventually got to be good.
Friends and family in interviews continued to feed the same dynamic. Emmitt’s friends — including fellow football players Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach — were just amazed to see Emmitt able to dance well. Mario’s friends, including “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria and “Showgirls” and fellow “Saved By The Bell” alum Elizabeth Berkeley, were amazed at Mario’s skill level. In fact, Berkeley thought Mario could make it to Broadway. Nobody was suggesting Emmitt was going to Broadway. They were only suggesting he would be by far the most awe-inspiring dancer in any room full of football players — and in most rooms full of people who weren’t born dancers.
When the two pairs talked about their affection for each other, it became even clearer that Emmitt needed to win. Mario and Karina were so busy being coy about their budding relationship that they barely said anything of substance, and Mario did nothing but flash that oddly blank grin as he talked about his affection for her. Emmitt and Cheryl, on the other hand, talked warmly about their bond. At 37, Emmitt is quite a bit older than 22-year-old two-time champion Cheryl, and he brought her to tears when he thanked her, simply and straightforwardly, for being such a good teacher and such a good friend. Who wouldn’t love that?
In the end, the audience was in control. The judges maneuvered themselves to a tie on Tuesday night, so it was all about the popular vote, and the popular vote crowned Emmitt and Cheryl. In all likelihood, nobody who voted was unaware that in a technical dance-off, Mario would beat Emmitt. Emmitt, however, did what the show asks of its celebrities. He started out not knowing what he was doing, and he learned. And sometimes he looked silly, and sometimes he fell down in practice, but he kept going. Strangely enough, that’s really what the audience is looking for. It’s a popularity contest, and Emmitt probably wouldn’t have won without a great deal of personal charm. But he also won because he had going for him the one thing that rescues this show from being completely stupid: he taught himself something difficult.
A few weeks ago, Emmitt said of his efforts on the show, “A real man tries to do something he thinks he cannot do.” In that sense, he got what he came for, and the show got a surprisingly satisfying ending. Besides, never bet against the football fans.
Linda Holmes is a writer in Bloomington, Minn.
© 2006 MSNBC Interactive
Another item from MSNBC regarding last night's show. This one gives a short blurb on 5 persons from DWtS: Emmitt, Cheryl, Mario, Karina, and Bruno. I'm sharing them because I think they're humorous and provide a good summation of these 5 people from the show.
A victory for the regular Joe:
Aw, Emmitt Smith! From the first week, when he did a blissful, upbeat cha-cha to “Son Of A Preacher Man,” it’s been easy to root for Emmitt, with his warm smile, good cheer, surprising talent, and impressive physicality. In the finale, viewers learned that in the crazy popularity contest that constitutes winning this show, sometimes it’s more important to be likable than it is to be perfect, and that sometimes, the underdog actually prevails. Emmitt was adorable, but he also really got to be a good dancer, and he’s likely to be showing a lot of other football players a thing or two for years to come.
Two in a row:
There was another champion besides Emmitt on Wednesday night –- Cheryl Burke, who also won last year paired with the very different Drew Lachey. It’s easy to take the professional dancers for granted, but in addition to serving as teachers, they do the choreography, and it was clear at times that Cheryl had very carefully and effectively planned the dances to showcase Emmitt’s strengths and minimize everything else. She learned that he could wiggle and float, and she didn’t forget. The pros don’t always get the credit they deserve, but in this case, Cheryl did a fine job pulling in the trophy for her team.
Mario Lopez was the man to beat all season, just like Emmitt said. Cocky, pretty, talented, and at the center of a tabloid-ready apparent romance with partner Karina, he looked like a sure thing. But somehow, something about Mario always seemed vaguely untrustworthy. He had a teacher’s-pet-like way of seeming like he was sucking up to the audience even when there was no reason to. His Eddie Haskell approach was too much most of the time, and while he was always technically proficient, he wasn’t likable in the same way Emmitt was. Back to “Saved By The Bell” reunion movies!
Sucking on a lemon:
Karina Smirnoff is a wonderful dancer, but she has a sour disposition. Her sparring with Mario started off funny (like when they went boxing together), but it quickly turned into shtick, and often, she just acted unpleasant. Worst of all, after Emmitt’s victory was announced, she was asked how she felt about her experience and spit out something that sounded an awful lot like a declaration that America had gotten it wrong and that Mario was the better dancer. It’s considered bad form to be a sore loser on a silly celebrity show, so she might want to rein that in.
During the endless rehashing of the season during the finale, one thing became quite clear: Judge Bruno Tonioli needs to calm down and stop engaging in wordplay. Every other clip seemed to show him leaping out of his seat, hollering something allegedly clever (“The beauty queen turned into the ice queen!” “Super Mario!”), to the point where it became absurd. The judges don’t do all that much on this show, especially once they start giving nothing but 9s and 10s, so if Bruno wants to keep his job next season, he would be well served to improve the ratio of substance to yelling.
I agree with all those comments, especially the one about Bruno. :nod
I missed Emmitt and Mario tonight on the late show (Conan I think).....did anyone catch it?
And in response to someone's post (my mind just went blank:mmm )......I've had enough of NFL players on the show......its too hard for anyone to overcome their fanbase when it comes to voting. So unless DWTS comes up with actors that are currently as big as stars as the athlete, then I'm not interested.
Something I found out this season.......they don't pay the stars....sure limits who would be available to participate.
Nemeses: What wonderful articles you found and posted! Thanks so much; I really enjoyed reading them. :cheek
Kresge, they actually do get paid. The celebs are paid $250,000 for the season, and the pro dancers are paid $25,000 per week for every week they appear.
Originally Posted by Kresge;2145363;
I think the more Mario opens his mouth, the more fans he loses. His ego and bitterness are becoming more apparent with each interview. The link to the full article is http://people.aol.com/people/article...560071,00.html
Here is an excerpt:
Runners up Lopez, 33, and partner Karina Smirnoff couldn't hide their disappointment about coming in second place. Tears streamed down Smirnoff's face as she reluctantly talked to reporters and the usually jovial Lopez tried to console her.
"Apparently world-class dancing wasn't enough. That wasn't the criteria it was based on," a dejected Lopez told PEOPLE. "I don't really care about the trophy. I just wanted to win for Karina. She is honestly the best dancer in the world. No disrespect to the other girls on this show, but they don't hold a candle to her."
Overblown Ego+premature chicken counting = sour grapes
Originally Posted by Ruthless Babe;2146318;
Mario did nothing for me with his dancing, he plateaud the first time he danced and never left that level. I don't dislike him and could care less about his personal life and how he behaves but after seeing things like this, the man -no make that boy-is a horses ass. Grow up Mario.
Well, if I ever had any doubt about Mario's self-righteousness before, now there's no doubt at all. What an ass. Instead of making him a trophy, maybe Mamma Lopez should turn him over her knee and give him a good spanking. Grow up, Mario. :nono
Originally Posted by Ruthless Babe;2146318;
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