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Dancing with the... Bachelor?
March 3

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We start this time around with the announcement of the cast and pairings for the 10th Season of Dancing With the Stars. The season starts March 22nd on ABC. Here they are:

- Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin (partnered with returning dancer Ashly Costa - nee DelGrosso)
- Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson (partnered with new pro Damian Whitewood)
- ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews (partnered with "bad boy" Maks Chmerkovskiy)
- 90210 vixen Shannen Doherty (partnered with Mark Ballas)
- Recently divorced reality TV mother-of-eight Kate Gosselin (partnered with Tony Dovolani)
- Winter Olympic gold medal figure-skater Evan Lysacek (partnered with Anna Trebunskaya)
- "Reno 911" & "Clean House's" Niecy Nash (partnered with Louis van Amstel)
- NFL wide-receiver Chad Ochocinco (partnered with two-time champ Cheryl Burke)
- Recent "Bachelor" Jake Pavelka (partnered with Chelsie Hightower)
- Pussycat Doll and "Sing-Off" judge Nicole Scherzinger (partnered with season 7 champ Derek Hough)
- "All My Children" star Aiden Turner (partnered with Edyta Sliwinska)

As the seasons go on, the definition of the word “Star” has been expanded. This cast is even more C-list. Kate Gosselin, really? Jake Pavelka, really? We all know that the curiosity factor for this will be huge. And the ratings will be high. However I really believe that if the show is going to continue that they need to make sure that they get legit A-listers instead of fitting their stereotypical slots of “the bombshell”, “the athlete”, or “the old person”.

And the other big news of the week was the round of 20 on American Idol. Last week, I got every single one of my picks...WRONG. Yes, wrong. Joe Munoz, Tyler Grady, Ashley Rodriguez and Janell Wheeler all went bye bye last week. There were so many bad performances last week; I could have chosen any of them. Week 1 is the hardest one to predict. No excuses, however.

The men started first this week, as Crystal Bowersox was hospitalized with complications from diabetes. You saw some performances that showed that the men want to win. Michael Lynche and Lee Dewyze did themselves a lot of favors. On the women’s side, Crystal Bowersox, Lilly Scott, Siobhan Magnus and Katelyn Epperly had the best performances.

Let’s see if I can get this right this week. I think John Park, Jermaine Sellers, Didi Benami, and Haeley Vaughn go home.

Block Party Quick Hits Time:

--Here we go again. Another former TPIR model sues for harassment and discrimination. The Wrap reports that the lawsuit, which was filed on Monday in state Superior Court in Los Angeles, Brandi Cochran(a/k/a Brandi Sherwood) was a model on the game show from July 2002 until last Tuesday, when, as her maternity leave came to a close, she found out that she'd been fired.

She states that since the on-air announcement of her pregnancy late in 2008, "The Price is Right" producers "discriminated against, harassed, and retaliated against Cochran, including making remarks about her pregnancy, her appearance, her weight, and her eating habits." She added that she was removed from the show's website, and was not allowed to return to work after her pregnancy leave.

Cochran also added that she witnessed the harassment of two other models, including one who was fired, because she also became pregnant. The lawsuit details other forms of verbal harassment that intensified as she got closer to her maternity leave, from both male and female producers, including one who said "Wide load coming through!" as she walked past.

--The next Bachelorette will be Ali Fedotowsky. She was the one who chose her job over Jake, but will look for love on May 24. And Jake chose Vienna in the season finale of “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love”.

--Wink Martindale returned to TV with “Instant Recall” on March 4th.

--NBC is planning for Season 2 of “The Sing-Off”.

--TPIR 2010 is now on the Iphone and Ipod Touch.

--Wipeout is coming to Canada.

--Elliott Yamin tweets while in Chile during the 8.8 Earthquake.

--“Thin Ice”, a skating competition, will be on ABC on March 19th and the 21st. Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Kurt Browning will host.

--The new host of “Last Comic Standing” is Craig Robinson. Auditions will take place March 6 at the Improv in Los Angeles and March 21 at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York.

--Gordon Ramsay talks up the 100th episode of Hell’s Kitchen.

--Don Pardo turns 92 years young.

--Bob Barker writes a letter to SeaWorld asking them to close all marine exhibits in light of the tragic death of a trainer.

Jason Block will return to TV shortly... we hope. E-mail him at jiblock@yahoo.com.