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 Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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