Derek Hough, Mark Ballas threaten to leave Dancing with the Stars

Three of the mainstay professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars may leave the show, or they may just be trying some not-so-subtle collective bargaining.

After Julianne Hough (once again) said she won’t be back for the show’s ninth season this fall, her brother Derek Hough told E!’s Marc Malkin, “Mark and I might not be back, either. We have other things going on.” They’re in a band together, Ballas Hough Band, which has a new record, bhb, and Mark said, “There’s a bunch of stuff on the table right now, and we’re going on tour this summer.” One thing on Derek’s table: he also said he’s “met with the people” casting the new Footloose film.

Anyway, referring to his sister, Mark, and himself leaving the reality show, Derek also said, “We’ve got to see what happens. But it would be crazy, all three of us…leaving at the same time.”

Yes, crazy, like threatening to leave to, say, hypothetically increase your bargaining power and future salaries, and then returning eventually?

Derek Hough & Mark Ballas Leaving Dancing With the Stars? and [E! Online]

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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