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post #331 of 5473
No Dancing for Big Pussy[ ]

by Sarah Hall
Wed, 28 Feb 2007 02:40:00 PM PST

Unable to take the Dancing heat, Vincent Pastore has bowed out of the competition.

Pastore, best known for playing Big Pussy on The Sopranos, withdrew from the reality show Wednesday after finding the first week of training too rigorous.

"When I initially committed to joining Dancing with the Stars, I didn't realize just how physically demanding it would be for me," the 60-year-old actor said in a statement. "Unable to put forth my best effort, I felt it appropriate to step aside and give someone else the opportunity."

"I'd like to thank ABC and the show's producers for inviting me to participate," he added. "I wish my partner, Edyta, and the other dancers the best of luck."

Pastore's short-lived tenure on Dancing wasn't his first experience with reality television. He also appeared as a contestant on the last season of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, during which he lost 29 pounds.

Apparently, it wasn't enough.

"We're sad that Vincent felt he was unable to continue in the competition, as he would have been great on the show, but we appreciate him standing aside now rather than having to withdraw later," executive producer Conrad Green said in a statement. "Dancing with the Stars is physically demanding and it pays to know your limits. We respect his decision."

There was no word on whether the show planned to replace Pastore.

Meanwhile, the first week of dance training proved to be no problem for Paul McCartney's estranged wife, Heather Mills, despite the prosthetic leg she wears as the result of a 1993 motorcycle accident.

In an interview with Extra, Mills addressed the unasked question on many minds, saying it was "very unlikely [her] leg is going to fly off" during dance routines, but admitting it "would be quite funny" if it did.

"I'll have a strap on which I wouldn't normally in every day life," Mills said of her plans to ensure her limb stays attached. (At least, that's what we think she was talking about.)

Mills said she would take criticism from judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli in stride, while acknowledging the competition could prove challenging for her.

"I've got no dancing background and with my leg I can't push it," she said, adding that she was looking at the experience as a much-needed break from her "mad, crazy life."

Given some of the recent events in Mills' life, it's no surprise she's ready to cut loose and shake a leg.

In the months since she and McCartney announced their plans to divorce, Mills has been raked over the coals by the British press and has even complained of receiving death threats.

Last month, Mills' sister lashed out at McCartney in a message posted on Mills' official Website, accusing him of failing to provide adequate security for his soon-to-be ex-wife.

Earlier this month, Mills paid a visit to a police station near her home in Hove, England to discuss unspecified issues believed to relate to her concerns about personal security.

Because she and McCartney had no prenuptial agreement, Mills stands to walk away from the split with a sizable chunk of the ex-Beatle's $1.6 billion fortune. So far, the couple has yet to reach a settlement.

http://www.eonline.com/news/article/...9-9b752393ceff
post #332 of 5473
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Originally Posted by IrmoGamecoq View Post

Are we still talking about Dancing with the Stars here, or something else? I don't know what to make of "the final episode of ABC." ABC as in the network?

ABC = America's Ballroom Challenge on PBS (and apparently some cable channels too). If you look back a few posts you'll see a handful of references to it.

ABC was only 5 episode long and has a lot less viewers than DWTS, so I felt it didn't really justify having it's own thread and since we needed something to talk about in this thread until the new season of DWTS starts, this seemed like a good place to talk about it.
post #333 of 5473
No problem, thanks. I was mostly confused since I tied ABC to the network and not the show.
post #334 of 5473
Reportedly John Ratzenberger ("Cliff" in "Cheers") has been signed to take Pastore's place.
post #335 of 5473
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Originally Posted by Marcus Carr View Post

No Dancing for Big Pussy[ ]

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There was no word on whether the show planned to replace Pastore.

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http://www.eonline.com/news/article/...9-9b752393ceff

ARRRGH. If he would have stayed in we would have gotten at least two weeks of Edyta, but now we might not get to see Edyta at all this season.
post #336 of 5473
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Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

Reportedly John Ratzenberger ("Cliff" in "Cheers") has been signed to take Pastore's place.

You snuck that in while I was typing up my ARRRGH post. That's good to hear, I need my Edyta fix.
post #337 of 5473
Edyta is definitely among the top shelf of visual talent on this show.

Personally, I put Cheryl on one rung above her though.
post #338 of 5473
My favorite DWTS "looker" is Kim, who partnered with Jerry Springer last year. Gads, what a figure - nearly perfect. But there's just something about Cheryl; the girl simply drips sex appeal when she's dancing. But afterwards she's like the cute girl next door. Amazing performer.

I wonder if they held a raffle among the male contestants to see who was going to get her as a partner? Certainly that gives that lucky guy a big head start on the field. You'd have to be pretty crummy to lose this competition with Cheryl Burke as a partner.
post #339 of 5473
I was actually trying to remember her name during my post above, but yes, Kim is definitely on that top shelf with Edyta. She was new last year if I remember correctly. Absolutely dynamite.

I used to have a soft spot in my heart for the girl that danced with Harry Hamlin last year and with Master P the year before. She's another looker that's slightly on the chunky side.
post #340 of 5473
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Originally Posted by IrmoGamecoq View Post

I used to have a soft spot in my heart for the girl that danced with Harry Hamlin last year and with Master P the year before. She's another looker that's slightly on the chunky side.

Ashley, I belive. Very pretty face but a bit chunky, as you say. I really felt sorry for her drawing Master P that season. He was ridiculously disinterested. At least Harry was a gamer (but not nearly as good a dancer as his wife the previous season who really should have gone further in the competition. She was jobbed.).
post #341 of 5473
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Originally Posted by Marcus Carr View Post

No Dancing for Big Pussy[ ]

by Sarah Hall
Wed, 28 Feb 2007 02:40:00 PM PST

Unable to take the Dancing heat, Vincent Pastore has bowed out of the competition.

Pastore, best known for playing Big Pussy on The Sopranos, withdrew from the reality show Wednesday after finding the first week of training too rigorous.

"When I initially committed to joining Dancing with the Stars, I didn't realize just how physically demanding it would be for me," the 60-year-old actor said in a statement. "Unable to put forth my best effort, I felt it appropriate to step aside and give someone else the opportunity."

Something similar happened on the last season of Strictly Come Dancing over here. Jimmy Tarbuck, an aging comedian, started the competition, but was soon advised by doctors that he was putting too much stress on his heart, and he had to bow out. Because it happened after the series had started he wasn't replaced - and I think that gave us a week with no eliminations. (His partner had to bow out of the competition as well - but still took part in the group dances and the other opportunities the pros have to strut their stuff without their celeb partners)
post #342 of 5473
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

Ashley, I belive. Very pretty face but a bit chunky, as you say. I really felt sorry for her drawing Master P that season. He was ridiculously disinterested. At least Harry was a gamer (but not nearly as good a dancer as his wife the previous season who really should have gone further in the competition. She was jobbed.).

Like Cheryl, it was more her personality than actual looks. She was so perky and optimistic, even when she got stuck with Master P, that you just had to like her.

She did much better the season she was teamed with the former Backstreet Boy from Boston.

Doesn't have quite the choreography skills nor looks that Cheryl has though.
post #343 of 5473
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Originally Posted by IrmoGamecoq View Post

Like Cheryl, it was more her personality than actual looks. She was so perky and optimistic, even when she got stuck with Master P, that you just had to like her.
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If I was picking one to date, it would definately be Cheryl due to her personality and girl next door looks. But, Edyta tends to wear skimpier costumes than either Cheryl or Kym (who has the best body of the three) which is why I need my Edyta fix.


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Originally Posted by IrmoGamecoq View Post

[Ashely] did much better the season she was teamed with the former Backstreet Boy from Boston.

Doesn't have quite the choreography skills nor looks that Cheryl has though.

Hmmm. the only two partners that I recall with Ashely were Master P. and Harry H. I must be having a senior moment. I was hoping that Harry was going to be halfway decent since Ashely really got shafted with Master P. and yet she handled it extremely well.


Looks like the new girl [Julianne Hough] that is dancing with Apolo is a hottie and only 18:
http://www.ohnozone.net/archives/dan...ith_the_stars/

and look at the article that says she was on that Delta jet that slid off the runway in Cleveland.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/wews/20070221/lo_wews/11073655


edit:
Here's a better picture of Julianne dancing Joey McIntyre during one of the DWTS road shows:
http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dl...102/FEATURES01
post #344 of 5473
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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post

Hmmm. the only two partners that I recall with Ashely were Master P. and Harry H. I must be having a senior moment. I was hoping that Harry was going to be halfway decent since Ashely really got shafted with Master P. and yet she handled it extremely well.

She was partnered with Joey Mcintyre (your link later in your post reminded me of his name - thanks for the pics too) in the first season. She was a little slimmer then, but still had that thickness about her.

Master P was her only bad partner, she got lucky with Joey (pretty boys always do well in this) and probably should've done better with Harry, but he was admittedly kind of a boring guy.

Speaking of pretty boys, I just realized that Cheryl got paired with Ian Ziering from 90210. I gotta think she's the odds-on favorite to get the 3-peat now.
post #345 of 5473
Thread Starter 
Has anyone realized the DVR related problems that will occur on Mondays, starting on March 19? You have DWTS at 8:00 PM running to 10:00 PM the first night, 9:30 PM for the following weeks. AT 9:00 PM, you can only record one of these two programs: Heroes or 24, since DVRs usually have at most, two tuners (you got more than that? lucky you!).

Which program will get the choice? For me my priority is: 1) Dancing with the Stars (ABC), 2) Heroes (NBC), 3) 24 (Fox). So 24 will lose out, right in the middle of the season.

Anyone else have anything to say about this?
post #346 of 5473
I watch Heroes, but not 24, so it appears I'm safe. I'm assuming the results show is on Tuesday then? Still no problems if so.
post #347 of 5473
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Originally Posted by IrmoGamecoq View Post

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Speaking of pretty boys, I just realized that Cheryl got paired with Ian Ziering from 90210. I gotta think she's the odds-on favorite to get the 3-peat now.

That's what I'm thinking, although there's a lot of variables out there this season. For example, we don't know much about Julianna and Apolo, but they're both very young and very athletic. Will Apolo's fast feet be able to dance?

Then there's Joey Fatone & Kym, that's sounds like a potentially strong couple too.

Plus Shandi Finnessey & Brian Fortuna who we also don't know much about. Did the former Miss USA ever take dance classes?

Looks like an interesting season to me.
post #348 of 5473
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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post

That's what I'm thinking, although there's a lot of variables out there this season. For example, we don't know much about Julianna and Apolo, but they're both very young and very athletic. Will Apolo's fast feet be able to dance?

Then there's Joey Fatone & Kym, that's sounds like a potentially strong couple too.

Plus Shandi Finnessey & Brian Fortuna who we also don't know much about. Did the former Miss USA ever take dance classes?

Looks like an interesting season to me.

I don't know about the other 2 pairs, but I'm not expecting much from Fatone. Sure, he was in a boy band and all but he's always come across as kind of clumsy and oafish to me. I'd be surprised if he's a good dancer, though Kym seemed to eke out whatever was possible from Springer last year.
post #349 of 5473
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Originally Posted by humdinger70 View Post

Has anyone realized the DVR related problems that will occur on Mondays, starting on March 19? You have DWTS at 8:00 PM running to 10:00 PM the first night, 9:30 PM for the following weeks. AT 9:00 PM, you can only record one of these two programs: Heroes or 24, since DVRs usually have at most, two tuners (you got more than that? lucky you!).

Which program will get the choice? For me my priority is: 1) Dancing with the Stars (ABC), 2) Heroes (NBC), 3) 24 (Fox). So 24 will lose out, right in the middle of the season.

Anyone else have anything to say about this?

You can relax for awhile. Heroes goes on a 6 week hiatus after tonight's show. There are only 5 episodes left, after tonight, and May sweeps will have 4 of them. When it comes back, however, something's going to have to give for you. Me, I've got 4 DVR tuners.
post #350 of 5473
Anyone see the ABC promo where Heather Mills says her biggest problem is making sure her leg doesn't come off ? I wonder if the nasty divorce is and will interfere with her preparation for the show. From the news reports it doesn't sound like things are going her way in court. Maybe she expects to be an early castoff. Will she be another Sara Evans?
post #351 of 5473
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Originally Posted by humdinger70 View Post

Has anyone realized the DVR related problems that will occur on Mondays, starting on March 19? You have DWTS at 8:00 PM running to 10:00 PM the first night, 9:30 PM for the following weeks. AT 9:00 PM, you can only record one of these two programs: Heroes or 24, since DVRs usually have at most, two tuners (you got more than that? lucky you!).

Which program will get the choice? For me my priority is: 1) Dancing with the Stars (ABC), 2) Heroes (NBC), 3) 24 (Fox). So 24 will lose out, right in the middle of the season.

Anyone else have anything to say about this?

I just solved this problem by installing a new ATSC tuner card in my PC and an indoor HDTV antenna. Now I can record Heroes and 24 on the DVR, and DWTS on the PC via OTA HD. Fortunately, ABC is one of my more robust OTA HD channels.
post #352 of 5473
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Originally Posted by TVOD View Post

Anyone see the ABC promo where Heather Mills says her biggest problem is making sure her leg doesn't come off ? I wonder if the nasty divorce is and will interfere with her preparation for the show. From the news reports it doesn't sound like things are going her way in court. Maybe she expects to be an early castoff. Will she be another Sara Evans?

I sure hope not. IMO, the whole Sara Evans thing was a bad distraction last season.
post #353 of 5473
Really looking forward to this one. Can't wait to see Cheryl!

nc
post #354 of 5473
Thread Starter 
It could get worse with Heather. Her divorce proceedings against Paul McCartney have taken a nasty turn. How is she going to have time to practice her paso doble when she's spending hours in court doing the dose-e-do with Sir Paul?

The program is live - no stunt doubles.

Anyone want to take bets on when she is forced to withdraw due to her ongoing ocurt battles?
post #355 of 5473
Why not get Sarah Evans back again for a re-do!

I hope Mills gets out of it anyway. I can't stand her. What with all the crap she pulled with Sir Paul, I hope she doesn't even participate!

nc
post #356 of 5473
I'm still floored by the selection of Heather Mills to be in the cast, regardless of whether or not she's a golddigger (and Sir Paul has only himself to blame for entering into a marriage, any marriage, without a pre-nup. Dumb, dumb, dumb. ) No, the fact that she has a prosthetic leg means she won't be able to do all the dances! She simply won't. My dad lost a leg below the knee in his later years and, while he could still walk around pretty well with the prosthetic leg, he sure as heck couldn't have done any dancing other than, maybe, a slow waltz. What, are they going to allow her to pass on the more demanding ones, like the quick-step? I'm sorry, and I certainly don't want to denigrate the accomplishments of the disabled which I often admire, but her selection for this show is just....nuts. I'd say it "jumped the shark", but with the boffo ratings it gets, that's not it, either. I just think the casting directors lost their minds.
post #357 of 5473
It adds interest and thus viewers, and her subsequent, sure departure for medical and/or court-related reasons will only enhance that interest.
post #358 of 5473
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

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No, the fact that she has a prosthetic leg means she won't be able to do all the dances! She simply won't. My dad lost a leg below the knee in his later years and, while he could still walk around pretty well with the prosthetic leg, he sure as heck couldn't have done any dancing other than, maybe, a slow waltz. What, are they going to allow her to pass on the more demanding ones, like the quick-step? I'm sorry, and I certainly don't want to denigrate the accomplishments of the disabled which I often admire, but her selection for this show is just....nuts.
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Yep, even if she can do all the dances, how do the judges score her? Can they tell if she's doing heel leads where required, or on the balls of her feet when required, or has her toes pointed down in the jive kicks?



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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

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I'd say it "jumped the shark", but with the boffo ratings it gets, that's not it, either. I just think the casting directors lost their minds.

They haven't lost their minds, they know exactly what they are doing, which is being social activists. And you'll know they jumped the shark when they have a same sex couple.
post #359 of 5473
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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post

And you'll know they jumped the shark when they have a same sex couple.

Two hot women and I'll watch
post #360 of 5473
A couple of the tabloid TV shows had a very short clip of Ian and Cheryl on yesterday.

He did a couple of cha-cha steps and based on the short slip I'd say he's not a natural. If there's a Stacy Keebler or Mario Lopez again this season he's beatable. He didn't really have any hip action and he wasn't really extending his lines, but he has potential.

They certainly made a good looking couple, much better than Drew who was too short and Emmitt who was too big. He's perhaps a inch or two taller than being the perfect heighth for Cheryl (I didn't see what type of heels she was wearing, so it might be even closer to perfect when she's wearing 3 inch heels).

And he has a good dancing body, long and lean and very flexible. He actually bent over was able to touch his face to his knees with his legs perfectly straight. Cheryl actually said that he's more limber than she is. It'll be interesting to see if Cheryl gives him any fan kicks to do. With his body type and flexibility, he has potential of having a fan kick that would even make the female pros envious.
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