- The Washington Times - Monday, January 29, 2007

Squabble pays off

When it comes to ratings, the escalating feud between Donald Trump and the hosts of “The View” created a halo effect on a number of syndicated shows, including newsmagazines as well as “Live With Regis and Kelly,” for the week ending Jan. 14, reports TVWeek.com.

In fact, according to Nielsen Media Research, every one of the four entertainment newsmagazines that extensively covered the tension — “Entertainment Tonight,” “Access Hollywood,” “The Insider” and “Extra” — showed ratings increases the week in which a war of words began between Mr. Trump and “The View” host Barbara Walters over her co-host, Rosie O’Donnell.

According to TVWeek.com, CBS’ “Entertainment Tonight” hit a new season high, up 4 percent for the week and up 21 percent over the past two weeks. NBC’s “Access Hollywood” took the second spot, rising 4 percent and edging out CBS’ “The Insider.” Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution earned a 5 percent jump for “Extra.”

Mr. Trump appeared on Buena Vista’s “Live With Regis and Kelly” Jan. 8, which resulted in the series earning a hike of 24 percent.

Invitation to ‘Dance’

While you’re still figuring out whether you can, indeed, dance Fox is set to begin auditions for the third season of the summer hit “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Though “American Idol” has taken great pains to mix up its audition cities each season to avoid repeat visits to previous casting locations, “So You Think You Can Dance” will keep things simple by going to four major cities — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta, Zap2it.com notes.

The New York casting call takes place March 1 through 3 at the Manhattan Center Theatre, followed by auditions at the legendary Chicago Theatre in the Windy City from March 8 through 10. Los Angeles will greet aspiring hoofers from March 22 through 24 at the Orpheum Theatre, and Atlanta’s Fox Theatre will greet any and all dancers from the South from April 5 through 7.

Top dancers will be invited to a call-back week, followed by the announcement of the top 20 dancers, who will appear on the show, hosted by former model Cat Deeley

As usual, restrictions are pretty simple. You must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and either a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident of the United States or legally able to seek employment in the U.S.

Last year’s winner, Benji Schwimmer, received $100,000, plus a new car and a contract to dance in Celine Dion’s “A New Day” show in Las Vegas.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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