Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann

2008, TV Show


I'm confused as to why Dance ...

Question: I'm confused as to why Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, a show with "dance" in its very title, is giving the winning team a "recording contract"! I know the dancers had to be able to sing, and in fact some singers who weren't great dancers were chosen because it was thought they could more easily brush up their dancing than could good dancers who couldn't sing (which, in the main, has proved true). But why a recording contract? And how do they do that for a team? Are they going to record group singing now? What if the winners are better dancers than singers? As Pooh would say, "Oh bother," because it is bothering me. Answer: Oh bother, indeed. You should be more concerned about the time you wasted watching this loser. Dance War was one of the new year's most pathetic reality contests, and that's saying something. The competition made no sense, for the very reason you point out. Was this about rewarding dancing or singing? From what I could tell, zipping through the finale (I'd ... read more

Ratings: My Dad Is Better Than Sarah Connor

My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad by Trae Patton/NBC Photo

Monday's numbers, faster than Lindsay can drop trou:8 pm/ETDeal or No Deal was the night's most-watched program, drawing 16.85 million total viewers. The Dance War finale delivered 9.14 mil over its two-hour "Announce-next-season's-Dancing-cast-already!" run. Prison Break said hasta la vista to 7.4 mil, a drop of 470 thou. Another 23 percent checked out of CBS' Captain (5.45 mil).9 pmNBC's My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad premiered to 9.82 million samplers. At 9.38 mil, Old Christine let slip 520K. Sarah Connor did 8.1 mil, a drop of 230 thou. The CW's Girlicious (1.77 mil) matched Girlfriends' final audience (as well as the first four letters of its title)!10 pmMedium (8.45 mil) came in second behind a warmed-over CSI: Miami. October Road (4.4 mil) saw a 400K gain. read more

Criminy! Are they kidding? I ...

Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, Dance War

Question: Criminy! Are they kidding? I was willing to give Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann a shot because I respect them and was looking forward to something new while waiting for the strike to end. What was I treated to this week? A 30-minute recap of last week's 90-minute show. Sorry, judges, you lost me. The show's producers have shown a complete lack of respect for the viewers' time. I'd rather watch American Gladiators than another 30-minute recap. Answer: For me, Dance War arguably got even worse when the recap ended. What an awful show, and this is coming from someone who generally and genuinely enjoys Dancing with the Stars. The new competition looks like something you'd see on amateur night at high school. The singing is mostly awful, the dancing is lame, and very few individual personalities have yet emerged from this ill-conceived team competition. A bad idea, poorly executed. And by casting these judges as cheerleaders, the show sorely lacks an objective critic to give these ... read more

American Idol Watch: The Auditions Begin

Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell by Michael Becker/Fox

Most years, I find myself cringing at the very spectacle that drives zillions of people to their TV sets: the American Idol auditions, a circus of exhibitionistic freaks, delusional show-offs, sad sacks all too willing to be mocked, characters who looked like they woke up too late for Mardi Gras, and the usual gamut. And the occasional promising singer.Maybe it's strike fatigue, or the fact that I've just sat stupefied for two weeks watching the far more insipid antics of the preening judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, who've quickly worn out their welcome as the dim-bulb guiding lights of the so-far-misleadingly titled Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann. But Tuesday night's launch of the seventh season of American Idol, with two hours spent sifting through the flotsam and jetsam of tryouts in Philadelphia, felt more entertaining and less punishingly cruel than in years past.If anything, the would-be Idols generally behaved worse than the judges, even the notoriously puckish Si... read more

Reader's Jeer of the Week: Dance War Is Hell

Dance War: Bruno Vs. Carrie Ann by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Posted by “twsmrt4u”...Jeers to Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann. It’s more like "Dance Horrors." After watching it, I am left wanting something more… like So You Think You Can Dance! SYTYCD is a show that actually involves real dancing. You want to see a dance war? Pit Bruno and Carrie Ann against Shane Sparks, Mia Michaels and Wade Robson — that would be a war worth watching!• Read and react to Bruce Fretts' opinions on CSI, Project Runway and more!• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Ratings: BCS Wins War; Zoey 101's Big "Goodbye"

A few ratings highlights from Monday night:• Fox's coverage of the BCS showdown between OSU and LSU averaged 21.58 million total viewers, more than double the closest contender. Its draw in key demos was also off the charts.• ABC's Dance War averaged about 11 mil over its two-hour premiere, besting NBC's American Gladiators (10.9 mil, down nine percent from its premiere) in the 8 o'clock hour.• At 10, Medium (9.57 mil, up 140 thou from its previous season premiere) topped a CSI: Miami repeat to claim second place. With five mil, October Road was down 680K from its last fresh episode.Also, Friday's season-ending episode of Zoey 101 was pregnant with 7.3 million viewers — more than double the Nickelodeon hit's average draw, says the New York Post. The final season of the Jamie Lynn Spears starrer unspools in February. read more

Dance War Premiere

Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie AnnSo how are you all doing now that there’s no Dancing with the Stars in your lives? Not so good, eh? Well now you can thank your lucky stars (or whoever started this whole phenomena known as the spin-off) that the new series Dance War premieres tonight. The show pits two teams of performers (hand-selected by Carrie Ann and Bruno) against each other in a grueling competition. Now the question is: who’s side are you on?Watch it now! | More online videos For more great videos, check out our Online Video Guide now! read more

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Premiered: January 07, 2008, on ABC
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Premise: "Dancing With the Stars" judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli coach song-and-dance teams in a competition to find the ultimate performance group.


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