Late Monday night on Twitter, Josh Malina (Sports Night, The West Wing) announced:
Today I’m pitching CBS the idea of doing a celebrity version of Dancing With The Stars!
And last night on The Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson described the new cast as “that guy from that thing…and that girl that you hate to watch.”
Both funny — because they’re so true.
If you’ve seen the lineup for the 13th season of DWTS, you’ll be hard pressed to put names with faces for many of the so-called ‘stars’ without first reading their bios. Or are the professional dancers supposed to be the stars this season?
I think they have more name recognition.
Now, I’ll admit most people know who David Arquette is — if not from his acting work, then from his recent and very public marriage troubles with actress Courtney Cox. And Carson Kressley, of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame, has kept himself in the spotlight with other hosting gigs and a clothing line (and just generally being entertaining as all get out).
At the other end of the spectrum, Nancy Grace is well known for being a particularly repugnant ‘news’ personality. And Chaz Bono – while not a celebrity in my book — has certainly made headlines with her (his) gender transformation.
But the remaining contestants? Reality stars (or brothers of reality stars). Names you haven’t seen on television for years. Names you’ve only seen as ‘the girlfriend of’ a celebrity.
Names you won’t know at all.
I guess A-listers aren’t fighting to get on the show like DWTS would have us believe. Or they don’t want to work so hard.
Perhaps they should rename the show Dancers Are the Stars?