All-star Dancing with the Stars cast: mostly winners, runners-up

ABC just announced the all-star cast of Dancing with the Stars 15, and the identities of the three who will compete for a final spot.

Although TV Guide reported that no winners would return, the opposite is actually true: there are six winners in the announced cast of 12. And every single (non-viewer-voted) cast member except Pamela Anderson was a finalist.

The cast is: Pamela Anderson (season 10), Emmitt Smith (season three winner), Kelly Monaco (season one winner), Gilles Marini (season eight runner-up), Shawn Johnson (season eight winner), Melissa Rycroft (season eight, third place), Joey Fatone (season four runner-up), Helio Castroneves (season five winner), Drew Lachey (season two winner), Bristol Palin (season 11, third place), Apolo Anton Ohno (season four winner), Kirstie Alley (season 12 runner-up).

Viewers will choose between Kyle Massey (season 11 runner-up), Sabrina Bryan (season five), and Carson Kressley (season 13) to fill the final spot.

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.