Mark Cuban, Aaron Carter, Jane Seymour, others reportedly join Dancing with the Stars 5

Former Benefactor star and Donald Trump sparring partner Mark Cuban will join Dancing with the Stars 5, Sports Illustrated reports. The magazine’s site cites simply “a source.”

Meanwhile, TMZ has published a pageview-generating slideshow of the cast, a list its anonymous writers say they have “uncovered” in their pretend journalism sort of way. Three of those names could be uncovered by Googling: Jennie Garth and Melanie Brown have been confirmed participants since June, and a report last week said Wayne Newton would join the cast.

The rest are Aaron Carter, Jane Seymour, Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., singer Nia Peeples, CNN’s Richard Quest, model Gisele Bundchen, racecar driver Helio Castroneves, and Cheetah Girls’ Sabrina Bryan. However, “CNN says the report about Quest isn’t true,” The Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker reports, so there’s one down.

The official list will be revealed Wednesday on Good Morning America.

Cuban dancer [Sports Illustrated]
“Dancing with the Stars” Cast Leaked!! [TMZ]
Are Tori Spelling, Jane Seymour going “Dancing With the Stars”? [Orlando Sentinel]

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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