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'Dancing With The Stars' Cast Includes Donald Driver, Alan Ball Leaving True Blood, and Johnny Cash to be Honored

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'Dancing With the Stars' Cast Announced

It’s that time once again when Dancing With the Stars fans wait on pins and needles to find out who the next round of celebrity contestants will be.

The wait is finally over.  Brooke Burke and Tom Bergeron appeared on Good Morning America and made the announcement live on the air.  And, to make it all even more exciting, the latest in a long line of DWTS contestants also made an appearance to give fans a little taste of what’s to come.

Did you miss it?  Are you waiting with bated breath to see if your fave celeb will be the next to appear on the wildly popular show?

The next celebs slated to compete for the top title are:

TV hosts Maria Menounos and Sherri Shepherd.Donald Driver

Tennis star Martina Navratilova and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver.

William Levy, an actor who was also a model.

Gladys Knight, Gavin DeGraw, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, and Disney’s Roshon Fegan.

And, of course, there are also TV stars—Jack Wagner, Jaleel White, and Melissa Gilbert.

Do you think Urkel will incorporate some of his signature moves?

Alan Ball Leaving  HBO's “True Blood”

Alan Ball Anna Pacquin Stephen Moyer True BloodAre the rumors true?  Is Alan Ball, True Blood’s creator, really leaving the show?

Sadly, yes.

The rumors were finally put to rest when Forbes broke the story that the hit show’s head writer would no longer be lending his creative genius.

Why would he decide to leave while the show is still hot and preparing for its 5th season?  There aren’t any problems and pardon the pun, it has nothing to do with any bad blood between Ball and the cast and crew.

Apparently it all comes down to exhaustion.

"True Blood has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my career but my life," Ball said in a recent statement. "Because of the fantastic cast, writers, producers and crew, with whom I have been lucky enough to work these past five years, I know I could step back and the show will continue to thrive as I look forward to new and exciting ventures."

HBO also issued its own statement, letting fans know that it was always the plan that Bell would step down as showrunner and would instead take on a supervisory role if the show if the show made it to a 6th season.  This would leave Bell open to not only continue working on True Blood, but to also pursue other projects.

Hope the show doesn’t suffer without him in his usual role.

Johnny Cash To Be Honored For His 80th Birthday

It’s been 9 years since Johnny Cash died at the age of 71.  But, it looks like people aren’t yet ready to forget about the country legend because a star-studded concert is being planned to honor what would have been his 80th birthday.

The concert, which will take place in Austin, Texas at the Austin City Limits on April 20th, will feature an interesting array of performers.

The line-up for “We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” includes Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Chesney, Ray LaMontagne, Lucinda Williams, Jamey Johnson, Ronnie Dunn, Chris Cornell, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Shooter Jennings, and Amy Lee.

While the concert is still almost two months away, some of Cash’s family members have already gathered in Dyess, Arkansas to not only celebrate the late singer’s birthday, but also the groundbreaking for a museum that will be opened at the site of his childhood home.

Valerie Schirmer is a freelance writer/editor who has written about a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, and websites. She currently resides in South Jersey with her husband, daughter, and a crazy dachshund.

Contact Valerie at writerval@comcast.net

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