All-star DWTS: bad idea to have good dancers, Disney exec says

This fall’s Dancing with the Stars all-star season wasn’t a good idea, according to ABC parent Disney’s CFO, because it featured winners and other strong competitors instead of terrible, entertaining dancers.

“We thought it was a great idea,” Jay Rasulo said at a conference today, according to Deadline. “Turns out people didn’t want to see people who could dance. They wanted people who couldn’t dance. So it’s not easy to be a taste-master in programming a network.”

He said the finale “didn’t work out.” Ratings were down 27 percent compared to last year, though they increased by 50 percent from the previous week.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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