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You had to know this was coming: With the rather weak Dancing With the Stars lineup for the new edition, it’s no surprise Monday’s premiere got off to the slowest start ever for a spring cycle of the show.
Dancing had 16.8 million viewers and a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. That’s down 11 percent from last year’s show. This season has Dorothy Hamill, Ingo Rademacher, Jacoby Jones, Sean Lowe, Andy Dick and others competing for the top prize.
Still, it wasn’t all bad news for ABC. The network points out the telecast was up 15 from last fall’s Dancing epic-low run, »
- James Hibberd
Winner Of The Week: Melissa McCarthy. New York Observer critic Rex Reed may have inadvertently sparked a minor media firestorm this week with his review of Identity Thief, in which he went beyond his dislike of the movie and McCarthy's performance in it to disparage her weight. ("Tractor-sized" and "hippo" were some of the kinder epithets.) Of course, he was roundly excoriated for his sexism (has he ever used such language to describe movie comics like Kevin James, Chris Farley, or John Candy?), but McCarthy got the best revenge by »
Winner Of The Week: Marlon Wayans. Sure, Zero Dark Thirty was the actual chart-topper this week, earning an estimated $24.0 million during its first weekend of wide release. But that was to be expected. What no one expected was that Wayans' modest horror spoof A Haunted House would beat the more muscular Gangster Squad for second place. The low-budget (reportedly, just $2.5 million) indie release opened on 2,160 screens and was expected to earn around $10 to $13 million, but it scared up an estimated $18.1 million. That's good news for Wayans, Haunted House's co-writer and star, »
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