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Latest ‘Dancing with the Stars’ lineup revealed

The 10th anniversary cast for “Dancing with the Stars” is the usual collection of semi-celebrities. They will get their first chance to dance when the ABC competition series returns at 8 p.m. March 16.

Here are the early odds for the lalest lineup:

Singer/actor Riker Lynch partnered with Allison Holker. (3-1)

Olympian Nastia Liukin partnered with Derek Hough. (4-1)

Disabled veteran Noah Galloway partnered with Sharna Burgess. (10-1)

“Hunger Games” star Willow Shields partnered with Mark Ballas. (12-1)

Carl’s Jr. model Charlotte McKinney partnered with Keo Motsepe. (15-1)

Actress Rumer Willis partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy. (18-1)

Producer/performer Redfoo partnered with Emma Slater. (18-1)

Gridder Michael Sam partnered with Peta Murgatroyd. (18-1)

Actress/author Suzanne Somers partnered with Tony Dovolani. (20-1)

“Shark Tank” star Robert Herjavec partnered with Kym Johnson. (20-1)

Singer Patti LaBelle partnered with Artem Chigvintsev. (25-1)

UPDATE: You can win signed ‘Draft Day’ poster


The randomly selected winner of the signed poster is FresnoDan. The winners of the “Draft Day” ticket and goodies are: Judith, Chris G, Marc, Sherry, Kenneth, Rachel. J., Michelle, Judi, Mike. Wil, Sheryl, HW, Chad, Brandon, Ron, Nancy, Matt, D.G, Ley, Wilson, Wes, Yolanda and Tim.

ORIGINAL POST: This has to be considered a touchdown in terms of giveaways through the Fresno Beehive. I’ve been able to get a mini-poster from the movie “Draft Day” that has been autographed by Kevin Costner and other actors from the movie. To be in the running to win the poster, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me if you were starting an acting team, would you draft Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella or Tom Welling with your first pick.

The winner of the poster will be determined by a random drawing of all of those who leave comments by 5 p.m. April 24. The winner will be notified April 25.

Even if you don’t win the poster, there’s still a chance to take home a prize. The Bee also has rounded up 25 tickets good for two people to go see a screening of “Draft Day” at any Regal movie theater. The tickets are good for Monday-Thursday only. You could use the ticket as soon as you get it or you could wait. As long as the film is playing at a Regal theater, it will be good.

But wait, there’s more. Along with the ticket, there are some “Draft Day” goodies — towels, mugs, etc — that you will get with the ticket.

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Latest ‘Dancing’ contestants announced

gl_19-Amber-Sngl_2270.rcCelebrities (and that word comes with finger quotes) for season 17 of “Dancing With the Stars” were announced this morning and the lineup includes the usual mix of TV personalities, athletes and people who should never try dancing.

This year’s battles will be a little different as the reality competition series is set to air only once during the week. That means competitions and eliminations will be in the same Monday night show. The action starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 16 on KFSN (Channel 30.1)

Here are the early odds:

“Glee” star Amber Riley and Derek Hough. 2-1

“High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff. 3-1

Singer/actress Christina Milian and Mark Ballas. 5-1

“Pretty Little Liars” actor Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd. 7-1

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Pairings announced for next ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Kellie PicklerThe pairings have been announced for the next edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” This lineup stretches the definition of celebrity to the breaking point.

The competition is scheduled to start with a two-hour season opener at 8 p.m. March 18.

Here are the 11 pairings and their early odds.

  • Singer Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough (2-1).
  • Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy (3-1).
  • Baltimore Ravens Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff (7-1).
  • Comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke (10-1).
  • American gymnast Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas (10-1).

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Observations from a grumpy old man

  • Nick Lachey, a member of 98 Degrees, was recently kicked out of the San Diego Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals football game for rude behavior. One fan says he was attacked by Lachey. Would you actually admit to being whipped by a member of a boy band?
  • TMZ’s reporting Playboy boss Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris will marry on New Year’s Eve. Yes, it’s the same Crystal Harris that left Hef five days before they were to be wed in June 2011. I guess you can teach a young golddigger new tricks.
  • National Hot Cocoa Day is Dec. 13. It will be followed by a national day of mourning for tiny marshmallows.
  • This year’s theme for the “124th Tournament of Roses Parade” is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” cut down from the original theme of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go to Get Away from Pasadena!”
  • The A&E Network is allowing fans create the opening title sequence for is new drama series “Bates Motel.” Look for plenty of entries shot through a peephole.
  • Random thought: What chow is chosen by chinchilla in Chowchilla?

Did They Just Say Fresno? Replacement refs edition

Where do you retreat when you’ve pissed off the entire football-loving country* and become the punchline of the NFL’s contact dispute with its referees?

If you’re replacement ref Lance Easley — who signaled the game-winning touchdown in Monday night’s controversial Packers-Seahawks game — you go drinking in Fresno. No joke.

This photo of Easley hanging out Tuesday night at North Fresno bar Club Habanos was unearthed and shared by CBS 47′s George Takata, and it quickly made the rounds, reaching as high as the Jim Rome Show.


In a story that published today, ABC30 found out even more — that Easley, who lives in Santa Maria and was here on business, also went to Daily Grill. He seemed to not shy away from taking pics with people.

But considering what the nation witnessed Monday night, there’s no telling whether Easley could actually see what was going on right in front of his face when these pictures were taken. He could have thought he was picking a song from the jukebox or wrestling a bear. Who knows.

*except for the people of Seattle

Crazy NFL game last night = hilarity today

Nothing has been more entertaining today than reading comments on Twitter about last night’s Monday Night Football game that came down to a controversial final call by the replacement referees.

Sports writers are having a field day writing commentaries (these are particularly interesting SI and Washington Post and Seattle Times). Fans are retweeting the Commish’s phone number and email. Players are commenting. And funny people have pounced with jokes. I particularly liked this video:

This Tacoma News Tribune story captures the social media reaction and humor, including some clever newspaper pages and headlines about the game. And BuzzFeed put together “best Twitter reactions” list.

Football hangover anyone?


I don’t know about you, but my weekend was all about football.

Saturday, I slipped in reading a few chapters for my class while flipping between college matches. The main game in my house was Ohio State vs. Miami. My husband is an U alum so we don’t miss any Miami games if we can help it. Unfortunately they lost (bad, bad tackling … see that photo!). But that didn’t take away the fun of watching other close matches. Over the years, I’ve really become a fan of college football. I love an upset. I love seeing a last-minute win. I love the fans. It’s all good.

Then Sunday, it was NFL time. My team, the Chargers, plays tonight so I just flipped around checking out different games.

I did take a break. The weather was just too enticing to stay inside watching TV all day. So I hit the Clovis bike trails, which was hopping with super cheerful folks. I even ran into a handful of friends along the way. Maybe I wasn’t the only one who needed to get out? It was a great way to shake off the couch-potato stiffness that comes with watching hours of football (and reading what seemed like a never-ending text book — oh the joys of being back in college).

The good thing is I’ve still got my game tonight to punctuate what was a fun start of the pro football season. I can’t wait to see what Fresno State’s Ryan Mathews does tonight. Go Bolts!

Anyone else overdose on football this weekend?

Proof Auto-Tune can make anyone a singer

Mike Oz and I have had an ongoing conversation about the effect Auto-Tune is having on music — debating whether it’s killing talent and promoting people who look the part but really can’t sing.

When I saw this remix of NFL coaches, an image of Mike shaking his head flashed in my mind. This technology really can make anyone sound good. At least this remix is intended to be funny.

Weekend Rewind: ‘Glee’ gets a Globe, a visit to Fresh & Easy, and lackluster ’24?’


A few things on my brain on this quiet Monday morning …

GOLDEN: Props to Clovis’ Chris Colfer and his “Glee”-mates for winning best TV comedy or musical in last night’s Golden Globes. It topped regular award-show faves such as “The Office” and “30 Rock.”

FOOTBALL FOLLIES: I’m SO not a football prognosticator. My playoff picks went 1-3 this weekend. I even had the gall to call The Chargers a “lock.” So, I’m now officially picking the Jets and the Vikings for the Super Bowl, in hopes that my picking them makes them lose.

BLAH BLAH BAUER: Was it just me or was the “24″ season premiere last night a little boring? Someone in charge of CTU doesn’t believe Jack’s (and Chloe’s) theory, so the two of them have take matters into their own hands? Haven’t we seen this before? Like every season? In fact, the whole two hours seemed pretty familiar. I’m holding onto hope that tonight’s second part of the premiere impresses me.

HELLA FRESH: So I finally got over to Fresh & Easy this weekend. Very cool. I like the selections and prices, plus the prepared food looks yummy. Not even the picketers are going to keep me away.

YOUR TURN: Anything good happen to ya over the weekend? Spill it in the comments.