John O’Hurley gets his own reality series; Kelly Monaco’s win was guaranteed after audience vote

Going into the final episode of Dancing with the Stars, John O’Hurley had no chance. The Chicago Tribune’s Maureen Ryan talked to the show’s executive producer. Conrad Green says, “Even if she got quite a low score, she would have won” because, as Ryan reports, “audience voting in the week preceding the July 6 finale” was extremely strong.

She also reports that “Green categorically denies that producers had any input into the final scores the three judges gave Monaco and Mazo. And none of the trio knew how their fellow judges were going to rate the routine.” Green says, “I think if they had known they were giving three 10s, they would have considered it differently.”

The show’s runner-up, the man formerly known as J. Peterman—who actually now works for the real J. Peterman—hasn’t come out of the series with nothing. John O’Hurley has landed his own reality series. The show has yet to be pitched to networks, but GRB Entertainment has agreed to produce a series that “will explore his everyday life, including his role as a partner in the real-life J. Peterman Co.,” Variety reports.

The new series’ executive producer, Brant Pinvidic, says, “We’re going to do an unscripted comedy playing on John’s improv skills. Everybody who watched ‘Dancing’ could see he’s a really genuinely funny person. We want to give him a chance to use those skills.”