Jon Voight turned down 'Dancing with the Stars'
September 19th, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Jon Voight turned down 'Dancing with the Stars'

As much as you may want to see Jon Voight dance, don't count on it.

The 72-year-old actor told CNN that although "Dancing With the Stars" approached him about signing up for the reality competition, he turned it down.

"They asked me to do 'Dancing With the Stars,' and you know it would probably be fun for people to watch me dance, but I'm an old fella now," Voight said. Although he doesn't see himself doing the cha cha on network TV anytime soon, he does have respect for those who do.

The new season premieres tonight with Metta World Peace, HLN's Nancy Grace, Rob Kardashian, Chaz Bono, David Arquette, Elisabetta Canalis, Kristin Cavallari, Carson Kressley, Ricki Lake, Hope Solo, Chynna Phillips and J.R. Martinez.

In Voight's estimation, if you sign up for the show you can't be that bad a dancer - after all, you have to learn all the moves each week, he says. We'll see if his theory holds true when "DWTS" kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

Four officially ousted from NYC 'Housewives'
September 19th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

Four officially ousted from NYC 'Housewives'

The rumors are true! Bravo's “The Real Housewives of New York City” is losing over half its cast.

CNN has confirmed that Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop are not returning for season 5 of the Bravo reality series.

A Bravo spokesperson told CNN: “Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and LuAnn De Lesseps will be returning for season five of 'The Real Housewives of New York City.' We’ve had a fabulous run with all the ladies and appreciate them sharing their lives with our viewers. It is a friendly departure among the other ladies and we continue to have on-going discussions with them.”

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'Breaking Bad': The rise of Jesse
September 19th, 2011
11:07 AM ET

'Breaking Bad': The rise of Jesse

In a season that has often kept the main characters superficially active but substantively static, these last two episodes of “Breaking Bad” brought about significant shifts for all parties. From the calm of the expansive opening shot to the jittery closing shootout sequence, last night’s “Salud” was the most game-changing episode of the season.

First, the Bald Triumvirate descended upon Mexico for an interminably foreboding trip. Though Jesse seemed terrified at their departure, he quickly took control in the lab, belittling the Cartel chemist and cooking up 96 percent pure meth in the process. Cue Gus’ approving glance.

But the viewer knew what Jesse didn’t: this trip was only about revenge. We didn’t know how it would play out, but we knew it would involve that Cartel Patio of Death.

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What's the verdict: Jane Lynch as Emmys host
September 19th, 2011
10:08 AM ET

What's the verdict: Jane Lynch as Emmys host

"Glee's" Dot Marie Jones predicted that co-star Jane Lynch would kill it and the viewers seem to agree: Lynch, although she didn't win an Emmy, earned accolades from critics as the host of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

The "Glee" star opened with a self-aware love song to TV, complete with a cameo from "Parks and Recreation" fan fave Ron Swanson and arguably one of the best segments of the opener, a little repartee with the "Mad Men" cast.

Lynch kept her lines tactful, but they still landed: After "Modern Family" kept picking up awards, she quipped, "Welcome back to the 'Modern Family' awards." Following a bit with Ricky Gervais, who was still riffing on his Golden Globes debacle from earlier this year, Lynch responded, "Oh poor little Ricky Gervais, someone didn't get enough hugs from Mommy and now it's Hollywood's fault."

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