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Willa Ford and Mike Modano Divorcing

Willa Ford and Mike Modano

Singer and actress Willa Ford and former NHL star Mike Modano are divorcing after five years.

"It is with great sadness that after five years of marriage, Willa and Mike have decided to divorce," the pair told People in a statement. "They remain friends ...
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Dancing Star Willa Ford Marries a Dallas Star

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Dancing with the Stars alumna Willa Ford married Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano Saturday night during a sunset ceremony at a private ranch in east Texas. The wedding, reported by People.com, was small and limited mainly to family and friends. Ford, 26, competed in Season 3 of DWTS. Since then, she has been tapped to portray Anna Nicole Smith in an independent film based on the ill-fated bombshell's life. Ford had been engaged to Modano, 37, since Thanksgiving. read more

Anna Nicole Biopic to Star Dancing Girl

Recording artist and onetime Dancing with the Stars contender Willa Ford — she of the multiplatinum single "I Wanna Be Bad," natch — has been tapped to portray Anna Nicole in an independent film chronicling the ill-fated model/actress/bombshell's life, Variety reports. The film, to begin lensing next week, will cover Smith's roller-coaster existence from age 17 until her death at 39. read more

Love Notes: Scrubs Engagement, O.C. Split and More

Scrubs cutie Sarah Chalke got engaged to longtime boyfriend Jamie Afifi last week during a Hawaiian getaway, reports People.... The O.C.'s Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson, who have been dating since 2004, have called it quits, says Life & Style.... Lance Bass and Reichen Lehmkuhl have ended their (same-sex, shhh!) relationship, says People.... Dancing with the Stars' Willa Ford is engaged to NHL star Mike Modano, says Us, and plans to tie the knot once hockey season ends and the groom gets a final count on his teeth. read more

Dancing Stars Take Their Tootsies on Tour

Is Dancing with the Stars' Season 1 winner, Kelly Monaco, among those fox-trotting to a venue near you? No, but Season 2 champs Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke will join Joey McIntyre, Lisa Rinna, Joey Lawrence, Willa Ford and Harry Hamlin and their respective pro partners on a 38-city tour kicking off Dec. 19 in San Diego, and finishing Feb. 11 in Atlantic City, N.J. In related news, ABC has announced that Show Me the Money, a new quiz show hosted by William Shatner, will premiere Nov. 22 at 8 pm, replacing Dancing's results show. read more

NBC's Surrender, and Other TV Topics

So NBC is going to abandon the first hour of prime time, according to non-visionary chief Jeff Zucker. No more pricey comedies and dramas to fill the 8 pm/ET hour in the future. I guess the handful of shows, mostly comedies, now airing in that hour will migrate elsewhere at some point, whichever ones actually survive. Sounds like surrender to me. Not to mention fewer scheduling options for a lesser range of programming. Be on the lookout for more cheesy game shows and cheaper reality retreads. And what would happen should NBC be lucky enough to stumble across a perfect 8 pm/ET premise like ABC's family-friendly Ugly Betty? This is such a short-sighted blanket philosophy it's as staggering as it is depressing. Was it just two years ago that Friends signed off as one of the highest-rated shows ever, holding down that first half-hour of prime Thursday real estate? How times have changed, and how quickly. And how sad is it for TV's future to see a network simply giving up rather than tr... read more

Dancing Premiere: I Had a Ball(Room)

Looks like we're in for another fun season of Dancing with the Stars, the kind of show that defines reality TV as a guilty pleasure. It's hard not to watch this gaudy bauble of harmless fluff without a goofy grin on your face, at times because of the train-wreck spectacle of the terminally rhythm-less (Tucker Carlson, who didn't even dance half of his dance, content to make faces and laugh it all off) and at times because of the sheer joy of performance, whether it's Emmitt Smith's crowd-pleasing playfulness, Mario Lopez's boyish exuberance or Willa Ford's unexpected elegance. (She could be this season's Stacy Keibler.)Handicapping these so-called stars is almost as silly a pastime as watching them, but really, who can resist asking questions like who is this season's Drew Lachey, Lopez or the startlingly buff Joey Lawrence, who looks like Mr. Clean on steroids. My money's on Lopez. Or as judge Bruno Tonioli might call him, the Energizer Bunny, as in: "Do you have extra batteries in... read more

September 12, 2006: They Feel Like Dancing

Loved the new bigger and better set. The chandeliers and balcony seats add a kind of theater glamour to the show. Tom Bergeron was back in top form with his snappy comments, proving he's one of the best reality-show hosts out there. And the judges were back to bickering amongst themselves in no time. As for the new crop of stars, some lived up to expected awkwardness, while some surprised.Let's start with the top of the pack: Mario Lopez. Sure, I expected A.C. Slater could dance well; after all, he had some pretty killer moves back at those Bayside High dances. But I never expected his dancing to be that good: those hips, those feet, those dimples. Did I mention his dancing was really good? He has the lean body of a dancer, and could almost pass for one of the professionals. And right on his heels in the competition was Emmitt Smith. After fellow football great Jerry Rice made it to runner-up in the competition last year, it should be no surprise that football players can dance. But... read more

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