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 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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