Dancing with the Stars 3 cast includes Mario Lopez, Jerry Springer, Emmit Smith, Vivica A. Fox, and Harry Hamlin

The cast of Dancing with the Stars 3 was announced this morning, and includes a plethora of has-been TV and movie stars, including all of those who were rumored to be participating.

The better-known cast members are Jerry Springer, Vivica A. Fox, Emmit Smith, Harry Hamlin, Mario “A.C. Slater” Lopez, Tucker Carlson, Joseph Lawrence, Sara Evans, and Willa Ford. Filling the “who?” spots in the cast are Monique Coleman, one of the cast members of the Disney Channel’s High School Musical, and actress/model/reality has-been Shanna Moakler.

Co-hosting this year will be Lisa Rinna, who was beaten by Jerry Rice during Dancing with the Stars 2, and who happens to be married to Harry Hamlin.

The new season debuts Sept. 12, moving to Tuesdays and Wednesdays instead of its former home of Thursday and Friday nights.

The New Stars are Out! [6abc]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.