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Star power

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?

The new get

I was never much of an autograph hound.  But now?

I collect direct tweets from celebrities.

I follow quite a few on Twitter.  Most of them are actors or comedians who tweet funny or bizarre things about their lives. Sometimes I comment on what they say…and they actually reply to me.

It’s so cool.

I’ve also added directors of favorite movies and TV shows to my Twitter feed.  They’re fun to follow because they sometimes answer questions via Twitter about their current projects.

I’ve gotten personal responses from them as well.

I’m amassing quite a collection of celeb direct tweets.  From folks like comedian Michael Ian Black (Ed); actor Josh Malina (The West Wing, Sports Night); director Chris Weitz (About a Boy, New Moon); series creator Mike Royce (Everybody Loves Raymond, Men of a Certain Age); and legendary actress Lee Meriwether (Batman, Barnaby Jones).

Lee Meriwether even started following me on Twitter.

(Bet she’s blogging about that right now…)

Sad, sad conversation

You’ve probably watched Inside the Actors Studio with host James Lipton.

He interviews your favorite actors who talk about their past, their craft, and all their successes.  They’re polished up all bright and shiny under the lights at Pace University in New York.

But how about actors via webcam looking scruffy and unkempt, talking about how hard the acting biz really is…and how they fear their careers are in the toilet?

Now, that’s a show.

It’s called sadsadconversation, and it’s played out on Youtube by actor Josh Malina (Sports Night, The West Wing), Michael Ian Black (Ed, Michael & Michael), Steven Weber (Wings, Studio 60), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope) and most recently, a Go-Go or two.

They wear their sweats and pj’s, little or no makeup — Steven had on a Breathe-Right strip in one notable entry — and share their appropriately named ‘sad sad’ thoughts on the entertainment industry.

Now, I’ve heard wanna-be actors complain about the injustice of show biz on TV and movie sets before, but it’s a whole new level of sad to listen to actors have seemingly “made it” share those same insecurities.

‘Cause some of that sad…is actually pretty hilarious.