Tom DeLay, Macy Gray, Aaron Carter, Donny Osmond, Michael Irvin, Kathy Ireland on DWTS

Dancing with the Stars 9‘s cast of 16 quasi-stars was announced this morning, and the largest cast ever includes singer Macy Gray, indicted former Republican majority leader Tom DeLay, actor Donny Osmond, former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin, model Kathy Ireland, and The Osbournes star Kelly Osbourne. Paula Abdul, however, is not part of the cast, nor is LaToya Jackson, who said last week she was offered a spot but turned it down.

The other participants include actor, singer, and dancer Mya; Entourage’s Debi Mazar; Sabrina the Teenage Witch Melissa Joan Hart; and train wreck Aaron Carter.

There’s also comedian George Hamilton’s offspring and one-time Shannen Doherty husband Ashley Hamilton; model and ABC’s Superstars cast member Joanna Krupa; Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin; mixed martial artist Chuck Liddell; snowboarder Louie Vito. And perhaps the least-known name belongs to someone you probably know: Mark Dacascos, the actor who plays Iron Chef America‘s chairman.

DeLay, who’s under indictment for money laundering and campaigned to support Sara Evans during season three because she “represents good American values,” told USA TODAY, “I really am a big fan of the show. I couldn’t believe they asked me to do this. It didn’t take me five minutes to agree. I’ve been working out like crazy.” Executive producer Conrad Green told the paper, “I was astonished when he said yes. There no agents or lawyers. He’s in it to have some fun.”

The new season debuts Sept. 21, and its results shows will face off against So You Think YOu Can Dance on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. The new group will be subject to rehearsal time limits so they don’t injure themselves.

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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