Dancing with the Stars’ 14th cast of non-stars announced

The cast of Dancing with the Stars 14 was announced this morning, and while it doesn’t even make sense to criticize the cast for not being actual, current stars any more, this cast seems especially weak.

The cast consists of singers Gladys Knight and Gavin DeGraw; actors Sherri Shepherd (who also co-hosts The View), Jack Wagner (from Melrose Place), Melissa Gilbert, and Jaleel White; athletes Martina Navratilova and Donald Driver, of the Green Bay Packers; and Maria Menounos.

In the “you’ve probably never heard of them” category are opera singer Katherine Jenkins, Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan, and actor/model William Levy.

Of those rumored to be cast members, there were only a few correctly identified by tabloids and gossip web sites, which I’m sure will now issue corrections and apologies.

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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