Spare Bites: Replacing Dancing with the Stars’ Judges, Homeland/Virginia Woolf Crossover, & More

DWTS Judges

Some thoughts on happenings from around the web today…

COULD the Dancing with the Stars‘ judges be the next to go? Following the news that American Idol is considering fill its judging spots with former contestants from the show, the New York Post is reporting that ABC is mulling kicking Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba to the curb. (The report’s “sources” think Bruno Tonioli will stick around for another season). In addition, fan favorites Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke are all unlikely to return for the 17th season. With the show embracing more non-ballroom styles, bringing in someone like Mia Michaels or Travis Wall to the judges table could create an interesting dynamic shift, and attract some younger viewers back to the show.

THE ONLY COUPLE more dysfunctional than Carrie Mathison and Nicholas Brody are Martha and George from Edward Albee’s masterpiece Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Well, Amy Morton and Tracy Letts, the Tony-nominated actors who played the terrible twosome in the recent Broadway revival, will both be appearing on the Showtime drama, according to Michael Ausiello at tvline.com. Morton will be playing Carrie’s attorney, while Letts will play a US Senator. What I wouldn’t give to see Martha, George, Carrie and Nick in a scene together, getting drunk and ripping each other apart!

NOMINATIONS for the 3rd Annual Critics Choice TV Awards were announced today, with The Big Bang Theory and American Horror Story garnering the most nominations. I was most pleased to see recognition for Monica Potter for Parenthood, Casey Wilson and Adam Pally for Happy Endings, Vera Farmiga for Bates Motel, Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black, and four nominations for The Americans (Best Drama, Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich). The awards will be handed out on June 10; you can view the full list of nominees here.

THE FALL, which is currently airing on BBC2 in England, will be available on Netflix Instant starting May 28. In one of his typically compelling reviews The Daily Beast’s Jace Lacob calls the show, which stars Gillian Anderson, an “addictive and provocative serial killer drama” and “the closest that television has come to capturing the taut alchemy of Prime Suspect.” I’m sold.

THE TONY AWARDS will have a home on CBS through 2018. Despite increasingly low ratings for Broadway’s biggest night, it’s good to see CBS extend their commitment to the festivities. Maybe Neil Patrick Harris’ return to hosting duties this year will spruce up the numbers a bit?

Did you read anything interesting online today? Let me know!

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