Dancing with the Stars cast includes Billy Ray Cyrus, Ian Ziering, Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore

The cast of Dancing with the Stars 4 was announced this morning, and once again ABC is stretching the definition of “star” with at least half of its cast.

The 11 celebrities include Joey Fatone, who announced his participation last December, and also Heather Mills, who was revealed to be participating by a UK newspaper last week.

Also joining the cast: Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno; 90210’s Ian Ziering; Sopranos’ actor Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore; “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus; Laila Ali, a boxer and the daughter of Muhammad Ali; former Houston Rockets player Clyde Drexler; Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey; talk show host Leeza Gibbons; and supermodel and Playboy model Paulina Porizkova.

The new season debuts March 19.

Meet the New Cast of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ [Good Morning America]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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