TCA Mania:

- The Amazing Race will be more "diverse" this season. Apparently being gay and being an amputee put you on the "diverse" list. Here is the contestant lineup courtesy of

Names: Vipul and Arti Patel
Ages: 29, 26
Occupations: Sales, nutritional educator
Hometown: Windermere, Fla.
Relationship: Married

Names: Lyn Turk and Karlyn Harris
Ages: both 32
Occupations: Teacher, program analyst
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala., Helena, Ala.
Relationship: Best friends

Names: David and Mary Conley
Ages: 32, 31
Occupations: Coal miner, homemaker
Hometown: Stone, Ky.
Relationship: Married parents

Names: Bilal Abdul-Mani and Sa'eed Rudolph
Ages: 37, 39
Occupations: Medical supply technician, power lineman
Hometown: Cleveland
Relationship: Best friends

Names: Peter Harsch and Sarah Reinertsen
Ages: 35, 31
Occupations: Clinical prosthetitist, motivational speaker
Hometown: Laguna Beach, Calif., Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
Relationship: Friends

Names: Rob Diaz and Kimberly Chabolla
Ages: 31, 28
Occupations: Bartender/real estate student, public relations
Hometown: Los Angeles
Relationship: Dating

Names: Tyler Denk and James Branaman
Ages: 29, 27
Occupations: both models
Hometown: Los Angeles
Relationship: Best friends

Names: Erwin and Godwin Cho
Ages: 32, 29
Occupations: Insurance company manager, financial analyst
Hometown: San Francisco
Relationship: Brothers

Names: Tom Rock and Terry Cosentino
Ages: 39, 45
Occupations: College admissions director, special events director
Hometown: New York City
Relationship: Dating

Names: Kellie Patterson and Jamie Hill
Ages: both 22
Occupations: Student, recent college graduate
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Relationship: Best friends

Names: Dustin Konzelman and Kandice Pelletier
Ages: both 24
Occupations: Reigning Miss California USA/marketing director, reigning Miss New York USA/Rockette
Hometown: Riverside, Calif., New York City
Relationship: Best friends

Names: Duke and Lauren Marcoccio
Ages: 52, 26
Occupations: Tour company owner, speech and language pathologist
Hometown: Warwick, R.I.
Relationship: Father and daughter

- Ausiello's ripping Dawn Ostroff the new one I would have if I you know... could go to press tour. Here's a snippet:
9:32 am: I ask my first question: "Dawn, were you surprised by the size and scope of the media and fan backlash to the Everwood cancellation? And are you aware of the Ferris Wheel campaign, and, if so, do you plan to attend?"

9:33 am: She claims the decision to cancel Everwood was an "agonizing" one. "The fans were so devoted and, internally, there were so many people who loved the show. But we got into the scheduling room and... we wanted to give Runaway the best lead-in we possibly could. And when you look at 7th Heaven, it was the highest-rated show among total viewers between both UPN and the WB. Everwood skewed much older; it was the oldest show at either UPN or the WB. It would never have been able to really anchor a night."

9:34 am: She has no idea about the Ferris Wheel campaign, so I explain it to her. She says impassioned fan responses like that is "why we brought 7th Heaven back. Fans are so devoted and so loyal." Did you see what just happened there? She used the the Everwood Ferris Wheel campaign to justify renewing 7th Heaven!! That takes cajones.


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