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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Kicks, flicks and 'naughty bits'

"Dancing With the Stars"After a non-elimination first week, all 12 contestants on Season 14’s “Dancing With the Stars” returned to have another ballroom go for judges’ points and viewer points. And while the marks didn’t reach quite as high as last week's best first show ever, it remained an enjoyable two hours with a lot of good vibes, some clever choreography and lots o’ hotness to satisfy everyone all around.

Let's see how the contestants fared their second night out:

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'Dancing With the Stars,' 'Smash' given GLAAD Media Awards

Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith at GLAAD awards

The first phase of the GLAAD Media Awards were handed out in New York City on Saturday night, with winners named in 27 of 35 categories. The rest of the awards will be handed out at additional ceremonies in Los Angeles on April 21 and in San Francisco on June 2.

Among the winners in the TV realm were "Smash" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who were awarded the Vito Russo Award for outstanding work promoting equality for the LGBT community. In "Smash," musical writer Tom Levitt (Christian Borle) is gay, and his love life is an important part of the show.

During his acceptance speech, Zadan spoke about his experience producing another work for TV, "The Reagans." "When we did 'The Reagans,' we had death threats for telling the truth about that president's outright refusal to acknowledge the growing AIDS crisis in America," he said. "We would not have survived that ordeal, I must point out, without the help of GLAAD. They got us through the political firestorm leveled against us by the Republican National Committee. So we got to see firsthand what GLAAD's capable of accomplishing when they mobilize the troops, and thank God for them."

"Dancing With the Stars" took home the award for outstanding reality program. The ABC dance competition show was previously recognized by GLAAD last fall when it featured transgender advocate Chaz Bono as one of its contestants. The award was accepted by Carson Kressley, the openly gay TV host who also danced in the competition last fall.

The HBO movie "Cinema Verite" was named outstanding TV movie or miniseries. It featured the story of Lance Loud, the gay son of parents who agreed to have their lives filmed during the 1970s, in what became an early precursor to reality TV. Thomas Dekker portrayed Loud, who died from complications of AIDS in 2001.

In the world of TV journalism, reporter Josh Elliot picked up the award for outstanding TV journalism segment for his ABC World News report on the battle against bullying. "Anderson Cooper 360" won outstanding TV journalism - newsmagazine for a story on the "Sissy Boy" experiments. And "The Oprah Winfrey Show" won outstanding talk show episode for its show on people coming out of the closet on the her show.

Other big winners included Lady Gaga, the film "Pariah" and gay high school student Katy Butler, who has pushed to have the MPAA change its R rating for the documentary "Bully."

The awards were hosted by "Glee's" Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith.

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Photo: GLAAD Awards hosts Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith. Credit: Fernando Leon / Getty Images.

'Dancing With the Stars' has lowest premiere, but wins night

Monday’s premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” brought in impressive scores for the couples — no one landed under a 20! But when it came to viewership, below 20 was what it got: opening modestly to below 18.5-million viewers — an all-time low for the show but still enough to win the night in overall audience.

The veteran hoofer returned for its 14th season and nabbed a 3.5 rating in the adult demo, down more than 30% from last spring but less than half that from last fall. (And it was able to help 10 p.m.’s “Castle” climb 14% from its Feb. 27 episode with 16.3 million, 2.4.)  

“DWTS” was up against NBC’s “The Voice,” which brought in 11.8 million — down 13% from the previous week but still earning in a whopping 4.5 rating. “Smash” saw a smaller dip from the previous week, down 4% with 6.7 million, 2.3.

"Dancing With the Stars" opens to modest ratings

And the “Two and a Half Men” experiment with Ashton Kutcher continues to hold its own in the reality fray, bringing in 11.3-million viewers but earning a 3.8 in the 18-to-49 demo. It served as a tentpole for the network’s programming with the 8 to 9 p.m. comedies — “How I Met Your Mother” (8.2, 3.4), “2 Broke Girls” (9.2 million, 3.4) — steadily rising before things took a dip with “Mike & Molly” (9.8 million, 3.2) and a steady showing for 10 p.m. drama “Hawaii Five-0 (9.1 million, 2.5).

Over on Fox, retiring drama “House” dipped 17% (5.8 million, 2.0) while rookie drama “Alcatraz” saw another slip, bringing in 5.1 million, 1.5.

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Photo: Jaleel White and partner Kym Johnson wowed the judges with their moves on the premiere of "Dancing With the Stars." Credit: ABC

'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Stepping out in style

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Well, that was an unexpected treat. After all its seasons, you’d think “Dancing With the Stars” would have a been-there, done-that kind of feel to its Season 14 premiere, but this two-hour season kickoff was a swirly, toe-tapping hoot. There were no negative Nancys, the celebrities all seemed like they wanted to be there, and the pros stepped up the good humor and the choreography to match.

Its whole notion of “stars” may be forever in question, but the show did live up to the dancing. Everyone seemed into the program, the judges were impressed enough to bring out the 9 paddle -- a first rare sight for a season premiere. Even Maks had his work cut out for him, as some easy-on-the-eye pros and some scorching new stars had the ballroom hot factor turned up to 11. Sure, the scoring seemed a bit inflated and uneven, but perhaps everyone was high from all the good feelings in the room. “I think this is my favorite premiere, start to finish, that we’ve ever done,” said host Tom Bergeron. You and me both!

Let’s meet the cast and see how they stacked up, shall we?

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'Dancing With the Stars': Can Donald Driver stay healthy?

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Competing on "Dancing With the Stars" means undertaking a grueling and potentially risky training regimen — even for a veteran jock such as Donald Driver.

Driver, a Green Bay Packers wide receiver, is among the celebrities picked for the 14th season of the ABC dance contest, which starts next month. He faces promising odds: Six athletes have won the Mirror Ball Trophy, including two of Driver's NFL colleagues, wide receiver Hines Ward and former running back Emmitt Smith.

But injuries tend to run through "DWTS" seasons like linemen picking their way through an agility ladder. Non-sporting types tend to be afflicted the most — witness last season's complaints from Chaz Bono (who acknowledged his weight problems created issues) and Ricki Lake. But even experienced hoofers have been plagued with physical woes, including Jennifer Grey, who rose to fame in the film "Dirty Dancing." And Ward's own dance partner, Australian pro Kym Johnson, was carted away in an ambulance after being felled by a neck injury during rehearsals (she was cleared to continue in the competition).

This should all be sobering stuff for Driver, who has played for the Packers since 1999 and — unlike fellow "DWTS" contestant Martina Navratilova, who retired from tennis years ago — is still very much in the game. At 37, he's getting on in years for an NFL-er. And he has seen his share of workplace injuries in recent years. He sprained his ankle early during the 2011 Super Bowl and couldn't return to the game, although the Packers won anyway.

So ... how hard do you think Driver should push to win that Mirror Ball Trophy?

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Photo: Donald Driver will compete on "Dancing With the Stars." Credit: Associated Press.

New 'Dancing With the Stars' lineup ripped by online fans

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What, they don't like Urkel?

Twitter is already burning with feedback to the just-announced lineup for the new season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." And some of the talk makes judge Len Goodman's disses to the dancers seem kind.

"We really need some bigger stars - don't know half these people," one viewer wrote. "Think DWTS could do better."

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"Well I WONT b watchin DWTS this time," tweeted @sonyaj616.  "I have too many shows as it is. #NoOneInterestsMeEnough."

Perhaps the most attention-grabbing name on the new cast list belongs to Jaleel White, who rose to fame as mega-dork Urkel on the 1990s sitcom "Family Matters." Singer Gavin DeGraw also made the cut, presumably to help bring in younger viewers. The list is otherwise dotted with the usual helping of long-ago stars (Melissa Gilbert of "Little House on the Prairie" fame) and jocks (tennis great Martina Navratilova). A sizable contingent of Green Bay Packers fans cheered the selection of wide receiver Donald Driver.

But the list lacks the kind of celebrity lightning rod who could guarantee tune-in, such as last season's Chaz Bono, or Kate Gosselin or Kim Kardashian from previous seasons.

Referring to DeGraw, one Twitter user remarked: "Wow DWTS! That's random!"

Sniped another: "Once again, DWTS should be held responsible 4 gross negligence and/or falsely advertising based on promise of title to ratio of real stars."

What do you think?

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Photo: Gavin DeGraw is joining the cast of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." Credit: Matt Sayles/Associated Press.

'Dancing With the Stars': Celebs matched with pro dancers

Dancing with the Stars pro dance partners revealed
The celebrities appearing on the 14th season of “Dancing With the Stars” were announced earlier today. We’re still trying to make sense of some of the selections. While we do that, check out which pro dancers the celebs will be paired with.

Actor Jaleel White (a.k.a. Steve Urkel from “Family Matters”) will partner with Kym Johnson.

“Little House on the Prairie” alum Melissa Gilbert will partner with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Actor Jack Wagner will partner with Anna Trebunskaya.

“The View” co-host Sherri Shephers will partner with Val Chmerkovskiy.

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Singer Gladys Knight will partner with Tristan McManus.

Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw will partner with Karina Smirnoff.

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'Dancing With the Stars': This season's celebrities will be ...

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 14: Click to see more photos

An NFL star, a former TV super nerd and a Motown star — it could only mean the return of "Dancing With the Stars." The next team of celebrities (yes, that term is very elastic) for the 14th season of the ABC dance competition series was officially announced Tuesday LIVE!!, as host Tom Bergeron might proclaim, on "Good Morning America."

Child stars, singers, atheletes and TV hosts are aplenty this season. But has the sheen worn off the dance floor? Last season's finale, which saw sentimental favorite J.R. Martinez take home the mirror ball trophy, was the lowest-rated fall finale to date and was down significantly in the demographic of views ages 18 to 49 from the previous fall finale. Maybe the roster for this season will be enough to give the series a boost.

The 14th season will have a two-hour premiere Monday, March 19. 

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Here's the list of celebrities who will be getting sequined up this season (in case you don't already recognize them from the photos here) ...

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Has Maksim Chmerkovskiy waltzed off 'Dancing With the Stars'?

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy can sure move his feet — but he might have put them into his mouth one too many times for the folks at "Dancing With the Stars."

The handsome dance king told the Canadian version of "Entertainment Tonight" that he may not be invited back for the upcoming season of hit ABC show, which starts next month.

"I still don't know if I'm on the show," Chmerkovskiy was quoted as saying. "I didn't get the call yet."

Chmerkovskiy is "Dancing's" in-house dark prince, lighthearted enough to have a running gag where he gooses host Tom Bergeron but willful enough to tangle with most of his celebrity partners. Last season, he engaged in an on-air battle with judge Len Goodman. After Goodman noted he had been involved in the dance business for 50 years, a visibly angry Chmerkovskiy shot back: "Maybe it's time to go!" Asked a few minutes later about the spat by co-host Brooke Burke Charvet, Chmerkovskiy committed a memorable gaffe: "With all due respect, this is my show."

Now Chmerkovskiy is trying the humility route, telling "ET," "It's not my show" and expressing appreciation for how the show has enhanced his career. 

Whether that will be enough for the "Dancing" producers remains to be seen. An ABC rep did not immediately return an email seeking comment. The network is planning to announce the cast on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday.

What do you think? Should Maks stay or go?

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Photo: Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed last season with soccer star Hope Solo on "Dancing With the Stars." Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC.

Michele Bachmann denies 'Dancing With the Stars' rumors

Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann is a pretty good dancer, but she won't be doing the cha-cha when ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" returns March 19.

The Minnesota congresswoman released a statement on her website Wednesday denying recent rumors that she was slated to appear in the upcoming season of the long-running dance competition show.

Bachmann's statement begins: "In full disclosure, I did win a polka dancing competition when I was in the tenth grade at my alma mater, Anoka High School in Anoka, Minn. But, despite my tenth grade polka success and my lifelong love of ballroom dancing, the recent rumors are false. I will not be joining 'Dancing with the Stars.' "

Bachmann isn't the only former 2012 GOP presidential hopeful to leave the dancing shoes in the closet. On Tuesday, a spokesman for former candidate Herman Cain also confirmed that his boss wasn't going to appear on the show, telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "He can't dance in an eight-count. He can only dance in a nine-count."

Producers for the show, which is about to begin its 14th season, are no doubt looking to recapture the magic they found in late 2010 when Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah Palin, garnered the series major attention.

In 2009, former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay became the first politician to participate in the show, making it three weeks before withdrawing from the competition because of an injury.

The cross-over of politics and dancing isn't unique to the U.S. In 2004, during her (unsuccessful) run for Australian Senate, former House of Representatives member Pauline Hanson appeared on the Australian edition of the show, advancing all the way to the finals. And the Estonian edition of the show has seen several politicians participate, including Kristiina Ojuland, the country's foreign minister.

The new lineup of participants in the U.S. "Dancing With the Stars" will be announced Feb. 28.

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Photo: Michele Bachmann at the CPAC conference. Credit: Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images

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Scott Turow's Innocent

SUNDAY

Now departing on Track 1, the “2011 Soul Train Awards.” Cedric the Entertainer is your host; performers include Natalie Cole, Common and Cee Lo Green; and Gladys Knight and Earth, Wind & Fire receive career honors. (BET, 9 p.m.)

So he got the boot on “DWTS”; that’s just part of “Being Chaz.” The transgender son of Sonny Bono and Cher is profiled in this new follow-up documentary, followed by the similarly themed special “I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition.” (OWN, 8 and 9 p.m.)

MONDAY

Ladies, if a stranger approaches you and says he can help you launch a lucrative career as a fashion model, it’s probably an offer you can and should refuse … unless you’ve just been “Scouted,” like the young women featured in this new docu-series. (E!, 10 p.m.)

TUESDAY

There goes the judge: Bill Pullman (above) is one seriously imprudent jurist in “Scott Turow’s Innocent,” a new made-for-cable mystery movie based on the novelist’s sequel to his bestseller “Presumed Innocent.” Marcia Gay Harden also stars. (TNT, 9 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY

After the season premiere of “Hot in Cleveland,” it’s the debut of “The Exes.” “Scrubs’” Donald Faison, “Seinfeld’s” Wayne Knight and “3rd Rock From the Sun’s” Kristen Johnston star in this new divorced-themed sitcom. (TV Land, 10 and 10:30 p.m.)

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'Dancing With the Stars' finale ratings drop

The Tuesday night victory for J.R. Martinez didn't pull the series out of its ratings slump.J.R. Martinez, an injured Iraq war veteran and sentimental favorite on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” won Tuesday night’s finale of the ABC hoofing competition, but his victory didn’t pull the series out of its ratings slump.

The celebrity-centric dancing show still won the night, with 19.5 million total viewers, and attracted the largest gathering of advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds for the 9-11 p.m. program.

But it did register as the lowest-rated fall finale to date and dropped 23% in the 18-49 demographic from last fall’s finale, when Jennifer Grey won.  Still, it beat its nearest competition, Fox’s “The X Factor,” by 10 million total viewers.

Martinez, who had struggled in recent shows with dance-related injuries, beat his two closest competitors, Ricki Lake and Rob Kardashian. The finale of the show’s 13th cycle pitted Martinez against the late-surging Kardashian for the cheap but prized mirror ball trophy.

The win gave Martinez’s professional dance partner, Karina Smirnoff, her only first-place finish in the series so far. The ever-cheerful and sparkling Martinez said, “Thank you, America, for believing in us!” as he hoisted the trophy overhead.

Despite the feel-good outcome, the series has been showing its age, with critics saying it’s become too predictable and the format’s fraying at the edges. And a Thanksgiving week finale didn’t help, when many TV viewers are traveling or distracted with family obligations. Audiences were smaller for the night, with ABC still landing on top with its combination of “DWTS,” Tim Allen’s new sitcom, “Last Man Standing,” and its macho companion, “Man Up,” which both increased their 18-49 ratings from the prior week.

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Photo: War veteran and actor J.R. Martinez, right, and his partner Karina Smirnoff hold their Mirror Ball trophies. Creidt: Adam Taylor / AP / ABC

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