[03/09/09 - 10:03 PM]
ABC Announced Two New Celebrity Contestants Live on "Dancing with the Stars," Monday, March 9
"The Bachelor's" Melissa Rycroft and "The Girls Next Door's" Holly Madison took over for "fallen stars" Nancy O'Dell and Jewel.

[via press release from ABC]


"The Bachelor's" Melissa Rycroft and TV Star Holly Madison Join the Cast with Less Than a Week to Train, Replacing the Injured Jewel and Nancy O'Dell

In the most highly anticipated season premiere of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," MONDAY, MARCH 9 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET), two new participants were unveiled, gallantly replacing "fallen stars" Nancy O'Dell (host of "Access Hollywood") and multi-platinum singer/songwriter Jewel. Holly Madison ("The Girls Next Door") and Melissa Rycroft ("The Bachelor") stepped onto the dance floor in heroic fashion with just days to prepare for their nationally televised ballroom dancing debut. Both women displayed true character and strength, overcoming nerves, anxiety and the pressure to perform in front of a live audience.

Just one week after the most shocking and talked about season finale of ABC's "The Bachelor," Melissa, the woman who "waltzed" her way into America's hearts after being betrayed by Bachelor Jason Mesnick, danced her way onto the ballroom floor tonight, mustering up the courage to move on. Melissa is paired with professional dancer Tony Dovolani, who was previously with Nancy O'Dell.

With Jewel's former partner, Dmitry Chaplin, by her side, Holly wore her heart on her sleeve and laid it all out on the floor. The studio audience gave her a warm welcome and showed their appreciation for the courage she personified by answering the call to action at a moment's notice.

Nancy and Jewel appeared during the live show to address their injuries and bid farewell. The two women were diagnosed with a torn meniscus and fractured tibia in both legs, respectively.

Holly and Melissa join the following cast members and their partners to compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy:

Belinda Carlisle (lead singer of the Go-Go's) and partner Jonathan Roberts

David Alan Grier (comedian and actor) and partner Kym Johnson

Shawn Johnson (Olympic gymnastics medalist) and partner Mark Ballas

Lil' Kim (Grammy Award winning rapper) and partner, reigning champion Derek Hough

Gilles Marini (model and actor) and partner Cheryl Burke

Ty Murray ("King of Cowboys") and partner, newcomer Chelsie Hightower

Steve-O (star of "Jackass" and "Wildboyz") and partner Lacey Schwimmer

Denise Richards (actress) and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Lawrence Taylor (National Football League Hall of Famer, a.k.a. "LT") and partner Edyta Sliwinska

Chuck Wicks (country music star) and partner Julianne Hough

Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple, a.k.a. "The Woz) and partner Karina Smirnoff

Hosted by Tom Bergeron ("America's Funniest Home Videos") and Samantha Harris ("The Insider"), "Dancing with the Stars" is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, "Strictly Come Dancing." This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade and Matilda Zoltowski are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. "Dancing with the Stars" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.

  [march 2009]  


[10/12/15 - 03:20 PM]
"American Horror Story: Hotel" Premiere Delivers 12.17 Million Viewers
FX further spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 7.

[10/12/15 - 02:47 PM]
With 14-Day Multi-Platform Viewing, The Premiere Epsiode of "Limitless" Increases to More Than 17.6 Million Viewers
CBS further spins the numbers for Tuesday, September 22.

[10/12/15 - 01:48 PM]
Modern-Day Medicine Woman Knows No Boundaries When Caring for the Animals of the Last Frontier on Animal Planet's "Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet"
The eight-episode series premieres on Saturday, November 7 at 9:00/8:00c.

[10/12/15 - 01:17 PM]
Adrien Brody and Lorraine Bracco to Guest Star on New Showtime(R) Comedy Series "Dice"
Brody will guest star in one episode playing himself, while Bracco will guest star in two episodes as Toni, a Vegas overlord who owns series star Andrew Dice Clay's gambling debts.

[10/12/15 - 12:15 PM]
Velocity Says Goodbye to Iconic Automotive Series "Overhaulin'" with Star-Studded Final Episodes
Velocity is celebrating its undeniable legacy with four all-new episodes, two of which feature movie stars Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, and retired U.S. Navy SEAL and "Lone Survivor" co-author Marcus Luttrell.

[10/12/15 - 12:12 PM]
Esquire Network Celebrates Marty McFly's Trip to the Future with a Bingeworthy Marathon of the "Back to the Future" Trilogy on Oct 21, 2015!
Relive all the breathtaking action, groundbreaking comedy and sheer movie-making magic of one of the most brilliantly inventive, wildly entertaining motion picture triumphs in Hollywood history.

[10/12/15 - 11:32 AM]
CBS Launches MySupergirlIs.Com, Encouraging People to Put a Social Spotlight on the Supergirl in Their Own Lives
The site enables those with a strong and inspiring "supergirl" in their lives to celebrate her publicly with a customized #MYSUPERGIRL graphic featuring her name and photo to share on Facebook.

[10/12/15 - 11:15 AM]
Taye Diggs to Guest-Star in a Multi-Episode Arc on New Drama "Rosewood"
Diggs will portray Dr. Mike Boyce, a world-renowned infectious disease doctor based in Miami and the longtime best friend of Dr. Beaumont Rosewood (Morris Chestnut).

[10/12/15 - 11:05 AM]
With Live +7-Day Playback, CBS Widens Its Premiere Week Lead Over Its Nearest Competitor to 2.5 Million Viewers
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of September 21-27.

[10/12/15 - 11:00 AM]
Nigel Lythgoe and Gail Berman Get Their Game on with Pop as "Easiest Game Show Ever" Heads Into Production with 20 Episodes
The series puts a new twist on "True or False?" and gives contestants the opportunity to win up to $100,000 cash per episode.

[10/12/15 - 10:43 AM]
VH1 Hosts Roundtable Discussion Moderated by T.J. Holmes on the Reality of Being Openly Gay in the Hip Hop Community with "LHH: Out in Hip Hop" Premiering Monday, October 19 at 11PM
Moderated by ABC News' T.J. Holmes, the open dialogue will include a studio audience that has been touched by the Miles and Milan story line.

[10/12/15 - 10:31 AM]
Live + 3 Day Ratings: Standing as Tuesday's Biggest Gainer, ABC's "S.H.I.E.L.D." Emerges as the Top Scripted Show in Its Hour
ABC further spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 6.

[10/12/15 - 10:18 AM]
Video: "Outcast" - Comic Con Exclusive Scene (Cinemax)
The series, based on the Robert Kirkman comic book of the same name, premieres in 2016.

[10/12/15 - 10:11 AM]
Top Women of Country to Perform at Country Music's Biggest Night(TM)
All eyes will be focused on Country Music on November 4 to see the leading ladies of the format, including Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maddie & Tae, and Kacey Musgraves, performing during the three-hour gala.

[10/12/15 - 10:00 AM]
MTV's Iconic Series "Real World" Begins Production Today in Hip Downtown Las Vegas
This season, cast members take over the penthouse suite at the dynamic Gold Spike in the revamped downtown section of Las Vegas.