Dancing with the Stars 4 debuts tonight

ABC kicks off a fourth season of its dancing quasi-celebrities show Dancing with the Stars tonight at 8 p.m. ET, with its ridiculously padded results shows airing Tuesdays at 9.

USA TODAY says the “competition’s biggest attraction ever” might be Heather Mills, Paul McCartney’s one-legged ex. She’s already making fun of herself in ads for the show, when she says, “”My main concerns are keeping my leg on.”

The paper argues that “[m]any viewers probably will tune in to see Heather Mills — vilified in the worldwide press over her nasty divorce from beloved ex-Beatle Paul McCartney — try to burnish a gold-digging image. Others will be driven by morbid curiosity.”

But others may tune in to watch the epic showdown between Cliff Claven face off against ‘NSyncer Joey Fatone.

Dancing with the Stars [ABC]
Heather Mills adds a spark to ‘Stars’ [USA TODAY]

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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