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Fox Skates on Reality Rink

by Josef Adalian

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U.K.'s 'Strictly Ice Dancing' Cast

Fox is putting reality TV on ice. The network is fast-tracking production on a celebrity figure-skating series in which famous faces will be paired with well-known pros in a weekly elimination competition. Fox Sports exec-turned-reality pro Arthur Smith, ("Hell's Kitchen"), will executive produce the series "Skating With Celebrities" which has been given a six-episode order.

Given the greenlight by Fox reality executive Vice President Mike Darnell was no doubt encouraged by the strong ratings for ABC's summer hit "Dancing With the Stars." The summer pleaser is a U.S. version of the U.K. reality show, "Strictly Come Dancing" which proved a high ratings bonus for the BBC.

"Dancing With the Stars" premiered with low expectations, but in two weeks has emerged as TV's top-rated summer series, giving ABC yet another hit in its rapidly expanding arsenal of both scripted and unscripted successes. Indeed, while ABC has made no formal announcements yet, there's little doubt it will soon order up at least one more round of the BBC Worldwide-produced "Dancing With the Stars."

Fox, which made U.S. TV safe for variety shows with "American Idol," may not be the only network with designs on a figure-skating series. The success of the BBC's original ballroom format (dubbed "Strictly Come Dancing") led to a disco-themed spinoff series and, yes, the one-time special "Strictly Ice Dancing." ITV last year announced plans for its own celebrity skating series, "Stars on Thin Ice."

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British soap actress Scarlett Johnson (Vicki Flower in

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U.K.'s 'Strictly Ice Dancing'

Whatever the potential competition, Darnell calls Fox's figure skating series "the next step" in celebrity competition. "If it's interesting to see celebrities master ballroom dancing, it's going to be incredibly interesting to see if they can master a double axel and a spin," Darnell said. "Watching a celebrity try to master something this intricate is going to be compelling to watch. We expect a lot of falls and a lot of nerves."

Darnell and Smith wouldn't discuss casting, but at least on the skating side, "You can expect to see the participation of some major names," Darnell said. As for the celebrities, Fox is looking for stars who already know how to skate but are interested in taking their skills to the next level. "A lot of celebrities around town already skate or play hockey," Smith said.

Darnell believes the huge popularity of Olympic figure skating indicates there's an appetite for the series he and Smith are planning. Indeed, "Dancing With the Stars" somewhat resembles an Olympic competition, complete with a leader board and a "kiss-and-cry" room in which dancers await the judges' verdict.

"Visually, this is going to look like a big event every week," Smith promised, noting his past experience producing ice-skating matches for Fox Sports will come in handy.

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FROM TV GUIDE: The Insider

Ready for Ice Dancing with Stars?

by Rochell D. Thomas and Stephen Battaglio

If people were eager to watch heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield jump and jive and former New Kids on the Block star Joey McIntyre cha-cha, then maybe they'll tune in to see a rap star wear ice while gliding on the ice, or a sitcom star trade his shtick for a chance to do double toe loops and figure eights.

This was likely the thinking behind Fox executive vice president Mike Darnell's decision to order six episodes of a Dancing with the Stars copycat show called Skating with Celebrities.

Scheduled to premiere sometime next season and produced by the folks behind Hell's Kitchen, Skating with Celebrities will partner famous people with professional ice-skaters on the level of Katarina Witt and Scott Hamilton in a competition for a celebrity ice-skating crown, Darnell says.

"People understand [ice] skating better than they understand ballroom dancing," he adds. "So it [would be] very entertaining to watch someone master a spin or a double Axel."

Over at ABC, Dancing with the Stars producers are not happy that Fox is rushing the skating show into production. Their summer smash is an American version of a hit British series that had its own icy spin-off special called Strictly Ice Dancing. So the "skating with the stars" format, says Dancing with the Stars executive producer Conrad Green, "is something that we theoretically own. We have discussed it with people before. Fox has jumped the gun and is showing not an enormous amount of respect for our people's intellectual property."

Not that Green expects Fox to be able to pull it off: "Ice dancing is a lot more dangerous than ballroom dancing. They've got a lot to work out if they're going to make the show successful."

The first obstacle Fox will have to overcome is casting. Because it's a new show, explains Kristin Prouty, a casting director for The Surreal Life, producers must find contestants who believe in its potential and are willing to take a risk for a yet-to-be-determined prize. "They probably won't get A-list stars to do it."

Darnell agrees that casting will be a challenge. But not a problem. "A lot of celebrities who are Canadian in background already know how to skate," he says. "We have a list of about 150 people." (He wouldn't, however, tell us who was on that list.) As for the odds of success, he believes that if people like watching celebs learn how to dance, watching them learn to spin on ice is "the next logical step."

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Olympians Skate On Thin Ice

by Josef Adalian

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Host Scott Hamilton

Fox has recruited a slew of ice kings and queens to topline "Skating With Celebrities," including Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton. Hamilton is on board to host the six-week series, in which professional skaters will be paired with celebrities in a "Dancing With the Stars"-style competition.

Among the skating pros who've agreed to be paired with celebs are Nancy Kerrigan, Tai Babilonia and Kurt Browning. Showbizzers signing on include Todd Bridges ("Diff'rent Strokes"), crooner Deborah Gibson, Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner and actor/comedian Dave Coulier ("Full House").

Unlike ABC's hit, Fox's show will rely solely on judges -- including Olympic star Dorothy Hamill -- to determine weekly winners, rather than letting viewers have a say. Pre-production and rehearsals have already begun for "Skating With Celebrities," which will tape episodes in Los Angeles later in September for broadcast sometime this fall.

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Judge Dorothy Hamill

"This cast gives us everything we wanted to achieve and were told we couldn't do," said Fox reality president Mike Darnell, noting some skeptics predicted Fox wouldn't be able to cast 'Skating' because of the danger involved in the sport. Because of the difficulty of professional figure skating, Darnell and executive producer Arthur Smith said they had to turn away a number of celebrities who wanted to do the show but simply weren't up to snuff as ice skaters.

"Their partners are going to be Olympians. They have to be of a certain caliber," Arthur Smith said. Darnell noted some celebrities were "so desperate, they were hanging on the walls (of the ice rink). It shocked me." "Skating With Celebrities" will feature an increasing level of difficulty, with more spins and turns added as the competition progresses. Judges will base their votes on both skill and artistic merit.

Smith said landing Hamilton was key to lining up other skaters and talent. "As soon as we signed him, people knew we were serious," he said. As for the actual matchups:

  • Bruce Jenner will skate with Tai Babilonia.
  • Dave Coulier will take to the ice with Nancy Kerrigan.
  • Todd Bridges is paired with Jenni Meno, a three-time U.S. pairs skating champ.
  • Actress Kristy Swanson ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") has been teamed with two-time Olympic pairs medalist Lloyd Eisler.
  • Deborah Gibson will harmonize on ice with Kurt Browning.
  • "Good Day L.A." weathercaster Jillian Barberie is skating with three-time national pairs champ John Zimmerman.
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Stars Hit The Ice For 'Skating with Celebrities'

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"Skating With Celebrities" partners six famous personalities with six professional figure skaters to compete for an unprecedented figure skating title. The Fox reality ice drama premieres Wednesday, January 18 at 9 p.m.

The show features some of the most recognized and celebrated names in professional figure skating and a mix of celebrities who span a wide spectrum within the entertainment industry. Collectively the participants have won 40 World Championship medals and 11 Olympic medals.

Over the course of these themed episodes, the celebrities and their professional partners will perform figure skating routines that challenge the celebs' athletic and artistic abilities and push them to prepare and perform in ways they've never done before.

Each episode will test the pairs' skills as the degree of difficulty increases and they demonstrate whether they can successfully pull off original and challenging skating sequences

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2006

Figure Skating Television Schedule

(All times are Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise noted

Check your local channel for possible time or program changes)

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....2006

March

Monday, March 6

"Skating with Celebrities Finale"

8:00-9:00 p.m. ~ Fox

Thursday, March 16

Repeat of: European Championships

7:30-10:00 p.m. ~ ESPN2

Monday, March 20

"Skating's Next Star" with Kristi Yamaguchi ~ Episode 1

10:00-11:00 p.m. ~ WE

Thursday, March 23

World Championships (Live: Mens Short & Long Programs and Pairs Long Program)

7:30-11:00 p.m. ~ ESPN

Repeat of: U.S. National Championships (Ladies Long)

11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. ~ ESPN

Friday, March 24

Repeat of: World Championships (Live: Mens Short & Long Programs and Pairs Long Program)

3:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m. ~ ESPN

World Championships (Live: Original Dance, Free Dance and Ladies Short Programs)

7:30-11:00 p.m. ~ ESPN

Repeat of: U.S. National Championships (Ladies and Pairs Short)

11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. ~ ESPN

Saturday, March 25

Repeat of: World Championships (Original Dance, Free Dance and Ladies Short Programs)

3:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m. ~ ESPN

Repeat of: World Championships (Original Dance, Free Dance and Ladies Short Programs)

12:00-3:00 p.m. ~ ESPN2

Repeat of: U.S. National Championships (Ladies Long Program)

4:30-5:30 p.m. ~ ESPN

World Championships (Ladies and Pairs Long Programs)

5:30-9:00 p.m. ~ ESPN

Sunday, March 26

Repeat of: World Championships (Ladies and Pairs Long Programs)

3:30-5:30 a.m. ~ ESPN

Repeat of: World Championships (Ladies and Pairs Long Programs)

12:00-2:00 p.m. ~ ESPN2

Repeat of: U.S. National Championships (Ladies and Pairs Short Programs)

3:30-4:30 p.m. ~ ESPN

World Championships (Exhibitions and Championship Performances)

4:30-7:30 p.m. ~ ESPN

Monday, March 27

"Skating's Next Star" with Kristi Yamaguchi ~ Episode 2

10:00-11:00 p.m. ~ WE

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April

Saturday, April 1

World Championships (Season Recap)

6:00-8:00 p.m. ~ ESPN

Repeat of: World Championships

8:00-11:00 p.m. ~ ESPN

Monday, April 3

Repeat of: World Championships

9:00-11:30 p.m. ~ ESPN

"Skating's Next Star" with Kristi Yamaguchi ~ Episode 3

10:00-11:00 p.m. ~ WE

Monday, April 10

"Skating's Next Star" with Kristi Yamaguchi ~ Episode 4

10:00-11:00 p.m. ~ WE

Saturday, April 15

Marshalls World Figure Skating Challenge

3:00-5:00 p.m. ~ ABC

Monday, April 17

"Skating's Next Star" with Kristi Yamaguchi ~ Episode 5

10:00-11:00 p.m. ~ WE

Monday, April 24

"Skating's Next Star" with Kristi Yamaguchi ~ Episode 6 (Finale)

10:00-11:00 p.m. ~ WE

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July

Monday, July 10

Repeat of: World Championships

7:30-10:30 p.m. ~ ESPN2

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IN A TOE-PICKLE: Skating legend Scott Hamilton may have to forfeit a gig covering the Winter Olympics for NBC because of his new job as host of Fox's Skating with Celebrities, which debuts Jan. 18. Per the New York Daily News, the precise conflict is the night of Feb. 13, when Hamilton ostensibly would appear on both networks

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Meet The 'Skating with Celebrities' Hosts

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Hosts Scott Hamilton and Summer Sanders

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One of the most popular figure skating stars in the world today, Scott Hamilton is also a role model, a humanitarian and a cancer survivor. Hamilton's much-publicized bout with testicular cancer in 1997, and his November 2004 diagnosis of a benign, non-cancerous pituitary brain tumor (from which he is successfully recovering), were not the first times he had faced such adversity.

Six weeks after his birth, Hamilton was adopted by Ernest and Dorothy Hamilton, both professors at Bowling Green State University. When he was about 2, he contracted a mysterious illness that caused him to stop growing. After he was mistakenly diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and given six months to live, the Hamiltons took their son to Boston's Children's Hospital, where his ailment began to correct itself with special diet and moderate exercise.

From the beginning, Hamilton skated with confidence and uncommon speed. He began taking formal lessons, joined a hockey team and within a year, his illness disappeared and he began growing again

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Meet The 'Skating with Celebrities' Pairs

Pair One ~ Dave Coulier and Nancy Kerrigan

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Celebrity Skater Dave Coulier shares the ice with

professional Skater Nancy Kerrigan

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Dave Coulier is perhaps best known for his work on the long-running television series, "Full House." After airing for eight seasons, the show is currently in worldwide syndication in over 100 countries and airs domestically every day on multiple cable networks. Coulier followed this success by hosting the series, "America's Funniest People," "The World's Funniest Videos" and his own cable series, "Out of Control."

Coulier also hosted the multiple-award winning-cable television series, "Animal Kidding," and appeared on VH1's No.1-rated series, "The Surreal Life." One of the most trusted personalities in family programming, he is hosting his second season of "America's Most Talented Kids" for the i Network.

Coulier also stars as the voices of Felix the Cat, the Professor and Rock Bottom in several upcoming "Felix the Cat" animated feature films for video release. Coulier can also be seen hosting "I Can't Believe I Wore That" for WE and "My RV Life" for the Travel Channel.

Highly regarded for his voiceover talent, Coulier started out doing voices on Hanna-Barbera's "Scooby Doo" and the re-syndicated version of "The Jetsons." He then went on to lend his versatile voice to Jim Henson's Emmy Award-winning animated series, "Muppet Babies," where he portrayed Animal and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew for the run of the series.

Coulier then became the voice of three additional 'Muppet' characters: Waldorf and Statler, the two old guys in the balcony on the original "Muppet Show" and Bean Bunny. He provided the voice of Peter Venkman for "The Real Ghost Busters" cartoon, as well as voices for the Cartoon Network's "Robot Chicken."

Coulier's stand-up act earned him regular appearances on "The Tonight Show" and HBO's "Detroit Comedy Jam" and "Comic Relief." He continues to enjoy sold-out performances of his stand-up, performing at many colleges, nightclubs and theaters across the country.

Coulier currently resides in Los Angeles with his son Luc and spends much of his free time flying airplanes, playing ice hockey and on the golf course.

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A self-professed tomboy who liked to keep up with her brothers as they played hockey, Nancy Kerrigan has always been drawn to the athletic elements of skating, especially the jumps. After learning to skate when she was six-years-old, Kerrigan won her first medal at age nine.

Kerrigan started practicing her "triple-triple" jump combination at 14. She surprised judges as the first woman to perform the combination in competition. She went on to win two Olympic medals and multiple world and U.S. national medals.

In 1991, Kerrigan won a bronze medal at the World Championships and another bronze at the U.S. National Championships. She won her first Olympic medal, a bronze, at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France. Kerrigan captured the gold medal at the U.S. National Championships in 1993 and garnered the silver medal at the Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994.

In 1994, Kerrigan starred in numerous live shows and television specials, including the "Champions on Ice Present" tour, "Grease on Ice" and "Broadway on Ice." She is co-creator and co-producer of "Halloween on Ice" and participated in the network special, "Dreams on Ice."

Kerrigan also skated in the cable specials, "An Evening of Country on Ice" and "One Enchanted Evening," as well as the home video, "Alice Through the Looking Glass." In 1998, she made her singing debut with "Shining Through" on the "Reflections Off the Ice" CD.

Kerrigan starred as Ariel in "Footloose on Ice" at the Ice Castle Theater in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Boston's Shubert Theatre in 2001. She also appeared in the network special, "Divas on Ice." The following year, Kerrigan published "Artistry on Ice," a figure skating instructional book and follow-up to her popular book, "In My Own Words."

Her additional television credits include hosting the cable coverage of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating." A DVD of her "Halloween on Ice" was released in 2004, the same year she released "Simply the Best" on the "Tina Turner Tribute" CD. On television, Kerrigan most recently appeared in Brian Boitano's "Skating Spectacular" and Kristi Yamaguchi's "Friends and Family."

In 1999, Kerrigan established the Nancy Kerrigan Foundation to help nonprofit organizations raise money to support eye research. She has been an active fundraiser for Campaign SightFirst and has participated in benefit events such as "An Evening of Championship Skating."

Kerrigan lends her skating talents to other worthy benefits including "Kraft Dreams on Ice," "Skate Against Hate" and "Nancy Kerrigan and Friends Show." In 2001, Kerrigan was voted Outstanding Mother of the Year by the National Mother's Day Committee and received the prestigious Henry Iba Award.

A native of the Boston area, Kerrigan was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, attended Emmanuel College in Boston and currently lives in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, with her husband, Jerry and their two sons, Matthew and Brian.

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Meet The 'Skating with Celebrities' Pairs

Pair Two ~ Bruce Jenner and Tai Babilonia

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Celebrity Skater Bruce Jenner puts on the blades

to partner Professional Skater Tai Babilonia

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Bruce Jenner captivated the world when he scored 8,634 points to break the world record in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic games in Montreal and earned the title, "World

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Pair Three ~ Deborah Gibson and Kurt Browning

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Professional Skater Kurt Browning strikes a pose

with pairs partner Celebrity Skater Deborah Gibson

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Deborah Gibson exploded onto the pop music scene at the age of 16, becoming the youngest person ever to write, produce and perform a No. 1 single, "Foolish Beat." She has sold over 16 million albums worldwide to date. Her career has garnered her No. 1 Billboard hits, platinum albums, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year honors, sold-out audiences around the world and rave reviews for her starring roles on Broadway.

Growing up in Long Island, NY, Gibson began performing with her sisters in community theater. At age 8, she was performing as part of the children's chorus at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York with artists such as Placido Domingo. By the time she was 12 years old, she was already a professional Broadway actress pursuing a recording career. Her dream was realized by 16, when Gibson was signed to Atlantic Records.

Gibson's first single, "Only In My Dreams," went to the top of the charts around the world. Following were several more top-5 hits and the No. 1 single, "Foolish Beat." Her debut album, "Out of the Blue" sold over 5 million copies, establishing her as a household name.

Gibson confirmed that position with her triple platinum follow-up No. 1 album, "Electric Youth" and the No. 1 single, "Lost In Your Eyes." Her recording legacy includes 1990's Gold album, "Anything Is Possible," 1993's "Body Mind Soul," 1995's "Think With Your Heart," 1997's Deborah" and 2001's "M.Y.O.B."

In 1992, Gibson returned to her theatrical roots by taking a star turn in the Broadway production of "Les Miserables" as Eponine. She broke box office records in the London West End production of "Grease" as Sandy," then took the stage in the U.S. Broadway tours of "Grease" and "Funny Girl," playing Rizzo and Fanny Brice, respectively.

She returned to Broadway as

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Well............let's see if we can get some discussion going here! Who watched this tonight besides me?

I thought it was great fun to watch. Had to assume the judges knew something I didn't know to score some of those couples the way they did, geeesh.

Coulier and Kerrigan were terrific entertainment, really fun to watch I thought.

Swanson and Eisler seemed far better to me than Todd Bridges and Jenni Meno but like I said, the judges must know best.

The others were all fun to watch, at this point I'll hate to see anyone go, well............the exception to that being Jillian Barberie. Sorry folks, she might be good on skates, really great for that matter, but I can't stand the wench, never have never will. No matter how well she does, I'll be cheering for her to go.

Come on!!! Let's hear what everyone else thought.

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I truly enjoyed it myself even though I kind of have a phobia of ice...since I was a kid. But ever since I seen Ice Castles I have always enjoyed ice skating....Weird I know.

Your right about the judges...I couldnt understand why they scored some people really low. I really enjoyed Nancy ...she really looked hot. Women in a man suit I just melt like butter. I have never ever been a fan of her partner ...but for her sake I'll give him a try.

I really think that they could have better dressed Scott Hamilton. His suit just didnt look very well tailored. I have always enjoyed his shows...always upbeat.

And what about that old dude!!??? I guess the coal hasnt passed though his a$$ yet.

But anyway I enjoyed it and I look forward to the next show... :)

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Pair Four ~ Todd Bridges and Jenni Meno

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Celebrity Skater Todd Bridges takes to the ice with

Professional Skater Jenni Meno

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Actor Todd Bridges has survived a rapidly changing business for 25 years. Bridges' mother, actress Betty Bridges, and father, the late James Bridges Sr., came to Hollywood in search of the American dream. Betty went on to work as an actress while James Sr. became one of the first prominent black Hollywood agents.

Betty later became one of Hollywood's greatest managers and acting coaches, whose list of clients included her oldest child, James Jr., her daughter Verda, son Todd, Nia Long star of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Love Jones." Other clients include "Jerry McGuire's" Regina King, "Moesha's" Lamont Bentley and Aaron Meeks from the series "Soul Food."

One day while watching Redd Foxx display his comic genius on "Sanford and Son," Bridges, then 6, exclaimed excitedly to his mother, "I want to do that." Bridges went on to make remarkable strides in the industry, pioneering the way for other young black actors. His first job was a Jell-O commercial, which starred the entire Bridges family. He eventually appeared in over 60 national commercials.

Bridges was the first black child actor to become a recurring regular on the hit series "The Waltons" and "Little House on the Prairie" with Michael Landon. He went on to guest star on "Barney Miller" and was a series regular on the spin-off series, "Fish" starring Abe Vigoda. He was cast to match wits with Gary Coleman on the hit series "Diff'rent Strokes."

Bridges became an international celebrity and household name by the age of 15. During his success with "Diff'rent Strokes," he guest starred on many shows, including "The Love Boat," "The Facts of Life," "Hello Larry," "Battle of the Network Stars" and "Circus of the Stars." An even bigger opportunity came when he was chosen to portray Chicken George's grandson in the historic television miniseries "Roots."

After "Diff'rent Strokes" ended its run in 1986, things became difficult for Bridges. When no one would hire him due to his being typecast as Willis Drummond, he began to experience turbulent times, including drug addiction and trouble with the authorities.

Today, Bridges has been clean and sober for 13 years. He is a working actor, director and producer. He and his brother James Jr. have partnered to establish their own production company, Little Bridge Productions.

Bridges' recent acting credits include the films, "Dead Rail" with Lou Diamond Phillips and "Jane Doe" with Lea Thompson. Other films are "1210 Camille Street" with Faizon Love, "Hollywood Horror" with Tia and Tamera Mowry and "A Testimony." He also completed a feature film in Utah called "The Climb" for Billy Graham's production company.

He directed, produced and starred in the short film about his life, "Building Bridges," for cable. His directorial credits also include the feature film "Flossin" -- the life story of his pastor and childhood friend, Pastor Ernest Johnson. In addition, he has appeared on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show.

Bridges also directed, along with his brother, a full-length feature film titled "Full Circle" starring Lisa Wu Sweat (wife of R&B singer Keith Sweat), Stoney Jackson, De'aundre Bonds, his wife Dori Bridges and a host of others.

Bridges has been married for five years to his wife Dori and they have a 6-year-old son, Spencir, and 8-year-old daughter, Bo. Bridges has traveled the nation speaking to over 6,000 kids per day in high schools, middle schools and churches.

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Three-time U.S. national champions, three-time Olympians, 1998 World Silver Medalists and two‑time World Bronze Medalists, Jenni Meno and her partner and husband, Todd Sand, are the most decorated American skating pair in recent history.

Meno and Sand began skating at the ages of 8 (Meno) and 10 (Sand) as singles skaters. They joined forces in April 1992. During their first year together, they captured the Silver Medal at the U.S. National Championships and placed a remarkable 5th at the World Championships. The following year, they became U.S. Cchampions and represented the U.S. in the 1994 Olympics.

A serious injury to Meno's ankle forced the couple to withdraw from the 1998 U.S. National Championships. Despite not being able to resume training until a week before the Olympics, they competed in their final Games with their heads held high. One month later, they captured the World Silver Medal.

Meno and Sand joined the "Stars on Ice" tour during the 1998-1999 season and enjoyed six years with the tour. The extraordinary connection they share in their performances has made them crowd favorites in a cast of the world's top skating stars. When not touring, they perform in televised shows and competitions throughout the world and hold skating clinics for young, up-and-coming skaters.

Off the ice, they enjoy going to the beach and spending time at home with family and friends. Meno also likes to garden and read. The couple currently lives and trains in Southern California and Summerlin, Nevada. They welcomed their first child, son Jack, in December 2004.

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Bruce Jenner?? He really hasn't aged well, he looks plastic. Believe it or not, he was nice looking when he was younger. Remember, the next show is on Monday night, not next Wednesday.
Glad I won't be the only one watching! Sorry I didn't get all the posts done in time but I only have two more to go!

Rej . . . once again, we agree! Bruce Jenner was a total hottie in his day . . . wait, a minute . . . that was my day! I think Bruce and Kenny Rogers have taken a bit too much off in the Nip/Tuck arena.

I actually picked Jillian Barberie and John Zimmerman as my pick to win the competition. I've been hot for John Zimmerman for years. Finally, a reality show where I know all the professionals! However, I've got to admit my prejudice going in . . . I'm ALL about the men! I adore John Zimmerman, Kurt Browning and Lloyd Eisler.

John and Lloyd have the edge because they have extensive pairs experience between them. Lloyd also has the best body conditioning. You should see what he and his pairs partner, Isabelle Brasseur, can do on the ice. It has always taken my breath away.

On the women, Tai Babilonia is one of the nicest people but it's hard to partner an amateur male. It's very similar to ballroom dancing. The poor guy has the most demands on him in both disciplines. Bruce Jenner and Tai just finished skating and he did remarkable for a guy that hasn't skated before. He did much better than I could have imagined.

I've never been a fan of Nancy Kerrigan, before or after the knee capping incident. So, it'll be interesting to see if this competition might change my mind. Jenni Meno is very sweet but not that strong a skater to hold up a weak partner so I wish her the best.

The show is just starting here on the West Coast but thanks to TV Guide, I already know the outcome. They printed the results a week ago. Great going TV Guide! They agree with you guys about the judging though. I'll type the blurb below:

Are the 'Skating with Celebrities' judges blind?

They're at least a bit loopy. How else would you explain the fact that Kristy Swanson and Lloyd Eisler earned dismal scores that put them in last place behind Sir Trips-a-Lot Todd Bridges? Shoot, the original Buffy clearly outskated the rickety third place holder, Bruce Jenner. Kristy even did more tricks than fourth place finisher Deborah "Don't call me Debbie" Gibson. Is there no justice in reality TV?

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Meet The 'Skating with Celebrities' Pairs

Pair Five ~ Jillian Barberie and John Zimmerman

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Celebrity Skater Jillian Barberie laces her skates

to pair with Professional Skater John Zimmerman

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Jillian Barberie brings her 14-year career as a co-host and weather forecaster and her signature fashion expertise to "Good Day LA," the Emmy Award-winning, top-rated Fox morning show. She reports for the show's "Style File," the daily segment that spotlights the hottest and most current trends in celebrity and everyday fashion.

An avid pet lover and supporter of pet-related charities, Barberie created the "Good Day LA's popular "Adopt-a-Pet" segment. She has made special appearances on several television shows. In September 2000, she joined the "Fox NFL Sunday" team with Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and James Brown.

Most recently, Barberie has appeared on the series "Related" and Howie Mandel's cable show "Hidden Howie." She also was featured on Fox's "MADtv," "Fastlane" and "Quintuplets." Her other credits include "Eve," "The Andy Dick Show" and "Yes, Dear."

She had a recurring role on "Good Morning, Miami" and appeared on FX's "V.I.P." as Foxy Levin with Pamela Anderson. She was featured as a game show host in "Clueless" and as a news reporter on both "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Arliss." In addition, she played herself in the series finale of "Melrose Place."

In June 2000, Barberie was a guest host on "Live! with Regis & Kathie Lee." She has appeared numerous times on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Howard Stern," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher." She has also hosted "The Test" on the FX network, Fox's "Extreme Dating" and "The Best Damn Sports Show."

Barberie's magazine credits include Allure, Self, Shape, Maxim, FHM, People, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, US Weekly and In Touch, among many others. Her home has been featured on such TV shows as "Extra" and on TV Networks E! Entertainment, The Travel Channel and VH-1.

Prior to moving to the U.S., Barberie started her career as a weeknight weathercaster for Canada's Weather Network. Barberie graduated with a Broadcast Journalism degree from Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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Experience, artistry, athleticism and a flair for showmanship make skaters Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman the U.S. figure skating pair to watch. She is the city girl who grew up in New York City, while John is the country boy from Birmingham, Alabama. They come from different worlds off the ice, but on the ice they have proven to be one of the best skating pairs in the world.

The pair has earned three U.S. Championship titles and delivered a flawless performance at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, placing them fifth in the world. Following the Olympics in March 2002, they realized their greatest achievement at the World Figure Skating Championships in Nagano, Japan, winning the World bronze medal. It was the first World medal won by a U.S. pair since 1998.

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Professional Skater John Zimmerman appeared on 'Queer Eye.'

Ina and Zimmerman have developed a close association with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Together, they donate their time to work with children faced with life-threatening illnesses. In the November/December 2001 issue of International Figure Skating Magazine, they were named as two of the 10 most beautiful people in skating. They have modeled apparel for Capezio and represented Bank of America in a print advertising campaign.

Zimmerman enjoys skiing, rock climbing, in-line skating and rooting for University of Alabama sports teams. He married Italian figure skating champion Silvia Fontana in 2003 in Rome, Italy. He was featured in the 2003 Barneys New York spring catalogue and other fashion publications. In March 2004, he was the first athlete featured on the cable series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."

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Meet The 'Skating with Celebrities' Pairs

Pair Six ~ Kristy Swanson and Lloyd Eisler

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Professional Skater Lloyd Eisler blends his power

on the ice with the graceful moves of Celebrity

Skater Kristy Swanson.

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Born in Mission Viejo, California, Kristy Swanson began getting acting work in commercials at 9 and had over 30 commercials on her resume by the time she was 13. She continued working on commercials before making her feature film debut in the John Hughes' films, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Pretty in Pink."

Swanson originated the role of Buffy in the feature "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Her additional feature film credits include "Flowers in the Attic" with Academy Award-winning actress Louise Fletcher and "Hot Shots!" with Charlie Sheen.

Swanson has also been featured in films such as "The Program" with James Caan and "The Phantom" opposite Billy Zane. She has lent her acting talents to big screen films, "8 Heads in a Duffle Bag" starring Joe Pesci and David Spade and "Higher Learning" directed by John Singleton.

Her television credits include the cable films, "Black Hole Terror" and "Forbidden Secrets" and the made-for-television movies "Red Water" opposite Lou Diamond Phillips, "Zebra Lounge" opposite Stephen Baldwin, "Supreme Sanction" starring Michael Madsen and "Bad to the Bone."

More recently, Swanson has been featured in several films including the comedy "Dude, Where's My Car?" and the blockbuster comedy "Big Daddy" opposite Adam Sandler.

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As 1993 World Champions, Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler ended an eight-year Soviet reign in pairs skating. It was a stunning victory for North America that vindicated their decision to retain their amateur standing after the 1992 Olympics. The 1992 and 1994 Olympic bronze medalists are one of the most exciting pairs teams of all time.

World champions, five-time world medalists and five-time Canadian champions, they boast spectacular lifts and twists that separate them from other pairs teams. They are one of the only teams in the world who perform a triple lateral twist, one of skating's most spectacular lifts. At full speed, Eisler lifts Brasseur over his head and spins her three times in a horizontal position before he catches her. Audiences are captivated as he throws her nearly 12 feet above the ice.

Brasseur and Eisler began skating together in 1987. They placed a respectable 9th in the 1988 Calgary Olympics. They have since become a dominant force in pairs skating, winning the most prestigious international competitions.

After another medal-winning performance at the 1994 Winter Olympics, they competed in the 1994 World Championships despite Brasseur's painful broken rib. Through sheer determination and bravery, they won a silver medal.

Eisler and Brasseur are national spokespersons for the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. They are actively involved in fund-raising efforts for Children's Wish and are co-producers of an annual skating show, "Dreams on Ice," benefiting this foundation.

Along with Lou-Anne Brosseau, they are also directors of their production company, B.B.E. Productions, which produces "Dreams on Ice" and involves itself in other skating events, arena openings and related productions. They have toured in "Champions on Ice" throughout the U.S. and continue to tour in "Stars on Ice" in Canada.

Eisler is from Seaforth, Ontario, and began skating at age 7. He is a veteran of the sport, having participated in four Olympiads. In August 2002, Eisler married Marcia O'Brien in the village of Bath, Ontario. When he is not partnered with Brasseur on the ice, he skates for competitive hockey teams and also enjoys golf.

Eisler spends his spare time riding his motorcycles and listening to country music. He is a member of the Montreal Big Brothers Association and has a 13-year-old "little brother" named Erik. Lloyd and Marcia welcomed their son Ethan in 2004.

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Well............let's see if we can get some discussion going here! Who watched this tonight besides me?

I thought it was great fun to watch. Had to assume the judges knew something I didn't know to score some of those couples the way they did, geeesh.

Coulier and Kerrigan were terrific entertainment, really fun to watch I thought.

Swanson and Eisler seemed far better to me than Todd Bridges and Jenni Meno but like I said, the judges must know best.

The others were all fun to watch, at this point I'll hate to see anyone go, well............the exception to that being Jillian Barberie. Sorry folks, she might be good on skates, really great for that matter, but I can't stand the wench, never have never will. No matter how well she does, I'll be cheering for her to go.

Come on!!! Let's hear what everyone else thought.

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blahblahblah Yesterday, 10:59 PM

I truly enjoyed it myself even though I kind of have a phobia of ice...since I was a kid. But ever since I seen Ice Castles I have always enjoyed ice skating....Weird I know.

Your right about the judges...I couldnt understand why they scored some people really low. I really enjoyed Nancy ...she really looked hot. Women in a man suit I just melt like butter. I have never ever been a fan of her partner ...but for her sake I'll give him a try.

I really think that they could have better dressed Scott Hamilton. His suit just didnt look very well tailored. I have always enjoyed his shows...always upbeat.

And what about that old dude!!??? I guess the coal hasnt passed though his a$$ yet.

But anyway I enjoyed it and I look forward to the next show...

Rejuvenated Yesterday, 11:03 PM

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And what about that old dude!!??? I guess the coal hasnt passed though his a$$ yet.

Bruce Jenner?? He really hasn't aged well, he looks plastic. Believe it or not, he was nice looking when he was younger.

Remember, the next show is on Monday night, not next Wednesday.

h8s_qt Today, 12:33 AM

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Bruce Jenner?? He really hasn't aged well, he looks plastic. Believe it or not, he was nice looking when he was younger. Remember, the next show is on Monday night, not next Wednesday.

Glad I won't be the only one watching! Sorry I didn't get all the posts done in time but I only have two more to go!

Rej . . . once again, we agree! Bruce Jenner was a total hottie in his day . . . wait, a minute . . . that was my day! I think Bruce and Kenny Rogers have taken a bit too much off in the Nip/Tuck arena.

I actually picked Jillian Barberie and John Zimmerman as my pick to win the competition. I've been hot for John Zimmerman for years. Finally, a reality show where I know all the professionals! However, I've got to admit my prejudice going in . . . I'm ALL about the men! I adore John Zimmerman, Kurt Browning and Lloyd Eisler.

John and Lloyd have the edge because they have extensive pairs experience between them. Lloyd also has the best body conditioning. You should see what he and his pairs partner, Isabelle Brasseur, can do on the ice. It has always taken my breath away.

On the women, Tai Babilonia is one of the nicest people but it's hard to partner an amateur male. It's very similar to ballroom dancing. The poor guy has the most demands on him in both disciplines. Bruce Jenner and Tai just finished skating and he did remarkable for a guy that hasn't skated before. He did much better than I could have imagined.

I've never been a fan of Nancy Kerrigan, before or after the knee capping incident. So, it'll be interesting to see if this competition might change my mind. Jenni Meno is very sweet but not that strong a skater to hold up a weak partner so I wish her the best.

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Whether you like her or not, Jillian Barbieri deserved those high scores that she received last night. I never liked her but this show may just change my opinion. She was damn good.

Anyone taking bets on when Bruce Jenner's knee gives out? My money's on week 3.

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Bruce Jenner?? He really hasn't aged well, he looks plastic. Believe it or not, he was nice looking when he was younger.

Remember, the next show is on Monday night, not next Wednesday.

Thanks...I need to get my DVR ready for this season of new shows...There is alot going on.

To be honest with you the only contestants I know are Willis, Nancy and her partner, a Debbie...but she looks really really different....I know Ms. Hammill and Scott Hamilton...The others...no clue :huh:

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