Cheryl Burke off Dancing tour after being hospitalized for possible appendicitis

The Dancing with the Stars 5 national tour started Tuesday night in Seattle, but two-time winner Cheryl Burke was not there due to illness, and may not return for some time.

“Last night [Monday], during the run-through, I was cramping and in pain. I couldn’t even stand up straight,” Cheryl told TV Guide. The magazine reports that she “was rushed to the hospital, [and] was told that it is a possible case of appendicitis. She will fly home to San Francisco on Wednesday for a second opinion from her family doctors.”

She’s not the only absent pro dancer; Mark Ballas “is recovering from a dislocated left arm and won’t be able to join the tour until after Christmas, possibly in San Diego on Dec. 27,” TV Guide reports.

Mark’s partner (and romantic interest) Sabrina Bryan is dancing with Derek Hough instead, while Karina Smirnoff is taking Cheryl’s place with Drew Lachey. Fellow dancer and tour choreographer Louis van Amstel said Cheryl’s absence is “a disaster,” while Karina says she wants Cheryl back ASAP. “Cheryl can’t be gone for more than a week,” she said. “I won’t let her!”

On Tour with the Dancing Stars: Cheryl Burke Bows Out! [TV Guide]

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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