Drew Lachey fills in for Samantha Harris as co-host of Dancing with the Stars

Samantha Harris’ (apparently temporary) replacement on Dancing with the Stars 5 is the show’s second-season winner, Drew Lachey. He was previously announced as the host of the upcoming spin-off, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann.

For now, though, he is “filling in while Samantha’s on maternity leave,” host Tom Bergeron said–actually, shouted–at one point, and during the show he made fun of Drew during by calling him a “stand-in” or saying things like, “this is not Samantha Harris.” Oh, Tom, so witty.

Despite being assigned the same role as Samantha, which primarily consists of interviewing the celebrities and dancers backstage before repeating the same voting information over and over again, Drew managed to get through it without stumbling. And while he didn’t make any sodomy jokes this time, he did bring a bit more attitude than Samantha usually has. For example, he blamed Len’s criticism on his age and said he needs Geritol. However, Drew’s range of references appears to largely be limited to his experience on the show; he kept comparing celebrities’ scores to his own.

In other news, the show is now accepting votes via text message, at least for those who have AT&T cell phones. Tom Bergeron derisively said that if you vote by texting, “you’ll have the smug satisfaction of being cutting-edge.” And if you press mute every time Tom comes on the screen, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re missing absolutely nothing.

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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