Whoever thought "Dancing With The Stars" (ABC, 8 p.m.) would be so newsworthy?
By now, you've probably heard about the Wisconsin man who blasted his TV with a shotgun after Bristol Palin advanced to the finals of "Dancing" ahead of Brandy, who was sent home despite much higher scores from the judges.
The man might have been a bit nuts, but his accusations of block voting by Tea Party members to help Palin out probably isn't wrong. It's one of the reasons why I don't watch these sorts of so-called reality shows.
Anything where people can call or text as often as they want for a particular candidate, such as "Dancing" or "American Idol," isn't really a fair competition. Generally, Palin has been considered the worst dancer on the show from everything I've read, yet she's down to the finals.
A few years ago, on Season 2, "AI" had a huge amount of controversy when Ruben Studdard beat out Clay Aiken, including accusations that the votes weren't tallied correctly. It doesn't help that Aiken is now a music star, whereas no one knows what the heck Studdard is up to.
If "Dancing" isn't bad enough, ABC is now kicking off "Skating With The Stars" at 9:30 p.m. This time, the c-list celebrities who go on these shows will try to learn complicated skating routines to perform. Considering how many injuries knock out the "Dancing" contestants, "Skating" seems to be a disaster waiting to happen.
At least until Bristol Palin laces them up.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Back in the old days, there was never any new stuff on the networks during holiday weeks. But these days, there's all new stuff.
CBS is all-new tonight with its sitcoms, followed by "Hawaii Five-0" at 10 p.m. NBC continues with Part 2 of "Chuck" at 8 p.m., followed by "The Event" and "Chase."
Fox has new episodes of "House" and "Lie To Me," with guest star Annette O'Toole.
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