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'Dancing With the Stars' to feature sneak peek of Disney doomsday film starring William Levy. Plus: Annie predicts season 14 finalists in EW's podcast

Okay, that’s not “true.” I just wanted to sneak in an April Fool’s Day headline while I still had the chance. Happy holidays to all.

But hear me out: This could happen. The Dancing With the Stars crowd’s reaction to sizzling filet of man William Levy — a Cuban-American telenovela actor and model — is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Brookebot and T-Berj can barely introduce him and his professional partner Cheryl Burke over the SOUL-DEADENING SCREAMS transmitted from three floors of fans. It’s like these visitors to Planet Mirrorballus have never seen a hot person before, and certainly not one from Cuba.

So far William Levy has worn a sleeveless shirt (to insane applause, for week 1′s cha cha — pictured) and a full-coverage black tie affair (to blood-curdling screams seemingly out of a horror movie, for week 2′s quickstep). I ask you, DANCMSTRs and fellow logicians: What is going to happen when William Levy wears no shirt at all? Will people drop dead from proximity to sexiness and the sight of his bare flesh? Will they screech until their heads explode? Now more than ever, I am frightened for our future. READ FULL STORY

TV Insiders podcast: is 'Idol' better without Simon and 'Jersey Shore' better with Deena? Plus: 'Glee' brings flaming boobs to Super Sunday!

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We’ve finally gotten our first glimpse at the new, revamped American Idol judging panel. And it has Annie Barrett wondering: Could the show have actually improved with the loss of Simon Cowell? Crazy, right? You know what’s even crazier? Tim Stack is kind of thinking the same thing! They’re in cahoots, these two! On the latest edition of the TV Insiders podcast, I tell Annie and Tim just how wrong they are while explaining what’s missing from the kinder, gentler Idol. The one thing we all can agree on, however? Too many teenagers! (And yes, we’re talking to you, Victoria Huggins.)

And since we’re already in New Jersey for the Idol auditions, we’ll also drop by Jersey Shore to discuss whether the show traded up by losing Angelina and adding Deena. Plus, which side are you on in the big Jersey Shore feud: Team Sammi or Team JWoww? We tell you which corner we’re in. But that’s not all! Tim was also on set for filming of Glee‘s big post-Super Bowl extravaganza and tells us why we should prepare ourselves for both dancing zombies and boobs that shoot fire. No, that is not a misprint: boobs that shoot fire! In non-flaming boob related news, Tim will also be giving up some intel on when we may finally see Kurt and Blaine become a couple.

To join in the fun, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re now on iTunes, you can subscribe for free right here and take the TV Insiders with you on the go. No iTunes? No problem. You can also download the entire podcast right here. And to send a question to the TV Insiders team, follow us on Twitter @TVInsiders.

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TV Insiders podcast: Who's nuttiest: Steven Tyler, Paula Abdul, or the vampire on 'The Bachelor'? It's a three-way tie!

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For those of you who miss the delicious dose of crazy that Paula Abdul brought to American Idol, good news! Meet Steven Tyler! Our own Adam B. Vary has been inside the Idol audition room and conducted the only roundtable interview with the new judges (for our new issue on stands now). He joins Mandi Bierly and yours truly on the latest edition of the TV Insiders podcast to deliver all the scoop on the new judging panel. Do they actually get along? Can they survive the loss of Simon? And does Steven make one lick of sense? Listen in to find out! Also, we dissect a season premiere of The Bachelor that featured manscaping, singing, a (faux) proposal, and, naturally, a vampire with a real-life set of fangs. Mandi tries to make sense of it all while using her conversation with Bachelor Brad to shed some light on his controversial decision to stand up both ladies in season 11.

Finally, EW critic extraordinaire Ken Tucker stops by to preview midseason TV. Which new programs do you need to be watching — and avoiding? Let Ken tell you! Plus find out the show that threw me into a blind rage with its badness. To hear all that and more, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re now on iTunes, you can subscribe for free right here and take the TV Insiders with you on the go. And to send a question to the TV Insiders team, follow us on Twitter @TVInsiders.

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TV Insiders podcast: Jeff Probst previews the 'Survivor: Nicaragua' finale and we break down the best and worst shows of the year

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There’s only one episode of Survivor: Nicaragua left, so we went to the host with the host, Jeff Probst, to break it all down. He joins Annie Barrett and yours truly on the newest edition of the TV Insiders podcast to discuss this season’s big quitter controversy, to debate whether any competitor has ever made it as far as Dan while doing so little, and to reveal whom he’ll be rooting for to win the million dollars. Not only that, but Probst divulges whether we’ll ever see the Medallion of Power again, and uncorks some teases about next season of Survivor. It’s a must-listen for any Survivor fan.

Then, we corner TV critic extraordinaire Ken Tucker and force him to reveal his top 10 shows of the year. What made the list? What just missed the cut? And what poor program was dubbed the worst show of all 2010? All will be revealed on the podcast below. Just click on the audio icon to enjoy all the fun. And don’t forget that we’re now on iTunes! You can subscribe for free right here and take the TV Insiders with you on the go. If you’re not on iTunes, you can download directly here. And to send a question to the TV Insiders or learn about upcoming editions, follow us on Twitter @TVInsiders. When you’re done with all that, make sure to hit the message boards and let us know who you’ll be rooting for to win Survivor: Nicaragua and what’s on your top 10 list of shows for 2010.

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'The Sing-Off' tops our list of TV shows we're embarrassed to love. What's your secret shame?

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The last thing this world needs is another reality talent competition, but I was shocked to discover how much I enjoyed last week’s season 2 premiere of NBCs a cappella contest The Sing-Off. Maybe it’s because there were groups with absurdly awesome names like Pitch Slapped. Maybe it’s because I dig all the nifty coordinated outfits. Maybe it is the lovable dorkiness of music nerd Ben Folds, the most enjoyable non-showy judge on TV. Or maybe it’s because for originality, creativity, and pure vocal talent, this program has American Idol beat by a mile. Whatever the reason, I was hooked and The Sing-Off has become my new secret shame — a cheesy show I am embarrassed to admit I actually dig. So on the latest edition of the TV Insiders podcast, I asked coworkers Annie Barrett and Michael Slezak  what their secret shames were, and you’ll be surprised to hear their shocking admissions.

Also on this week’s podcast: we break down the big Vampire Diaries cliffhanger episode with the help of executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec (as well as resident TVD expert Mandi Bierly), and give our personal picks for whom we’d like to see win Survivor: Nicaragua. To join in all the fun and hear our other secret shames, just click on the audio player below. We’re also now on iTunes! You can subscribe for free right here and take the TV Insiders with you on the go. And make sure follow us on Twitter @TVInsiders. But before you go, make sure to hit the message boards and let us know: What is your secret TV shame?

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TV Insiders podcast: 'Vampire Diaries' producers break down sexy cliffhanger episode; Plus, our picks to win 'Survivor: Nicaragua'

In between Nina Dobrev’s Katherine undressing and being slammed into a wall in a fit of passion, and Michael Trevino’s Tyler going shirtless while chained in a cellar, Thursday’s cliffhanger episode of The Vampire Diaries was hot stuff all around. But which moment was the hottest? On the newest edition of the TV Insiders podcast, Mandi Bierly, Annie Barrett, and I debate that as well as the other big questions surrounding the show. And then we go looking for answers! We called up executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec to break down the episode and tell us where it all goes from here: What will happen to Rose now that she’s been bitten by a werewolf? When will we finally see legendary badass Klaus? And what’s up with that new Vampire Diaries companion show they are creating? Listen in as they respond and whet our appetite for the second half of season 2. READ FULL STORY

TV Insiders podcast: EW experts chat with 'Survivor' villain NaOnka about jury controversy, talk Christmas movie cliches, and preview the 'Walking Dead' finale

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If you thought Survivor: Nicaragua villain-turned-quitter NaOnka Mixon regrets the way she tackled a one-legged woman, berated a nice little surfer boy, stole the tribe’s food or turned on best buddy Brenda…think again! “I don’t regret s—” she announces on this week’s edition of the TV Insiders podcast. NaOnka called in to discuss her impressive lack of remorse as well as whether she thought Jeff Probst would allow her on the jury after quitting (“He gave me the easy way out”) and how some parents of the kids she teaches gym to want her fired after seeing how she acted on the show. (Shocking, I know.) A clearly dumbfounded Michael Slezak and Annie Barrett also chime in about this week’s controversial episode. But that’s not all! On Sunday night The Walking Dead will finish its all too brief run of cable television dominance. We’ve seen the season finale, and will tell you what to expect not only this Sunday, but beyond for season 2 as well. Zombie guru Clark Collis joins us to break down the season so far, and reveal why you’re going to be glued to your set on Sunday. On a lighter note, ’tis the season for really horrible TV Christmas movies. There are 16 new ones heading to the small screen this month, and our man Dan Snierson watched every single one of them for our annual Holiday Movie Cliché Checklist. Dan will tell us which categories came up big winners this year (Dramatic Plug-in of Lights, Poignant Stare at Old Photo, Elf High Jinks) and which ones simply didn’t make the cut (Concern About Santa’s Diet, Orphan/Dog Given New Home). You’ll never look at holiday movies the same way again. Come to think of it, you may never look at holiday movies again—period. To join in all the fun, just click on the audio player below. And in the best news of all, we’re now on iTunes! You can subscribe for free right here and take the TV Insiders with you on the go. Where you go exactly is completely up to you. And to send a question to the TV Insiders, follow us on Twitter @TVInsiders. Enjoy!

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TV Insiders podcast: Maks from 'DWTS' talks smack, Brenda from 'Survivor' discusses her shocking exit, and we tell you why 'Grey's Anatomy' is back!

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If you thought Maksim Chmerkovskiy was upset about not making the final three on Dancing With the Stars…well, you were right! Brandy’s butt-slapping partner called in for our latest edition of the TV Insiders podcast to discuss not making the finals (“This is bulls—”), his reaction to a verbal confrontation with a certain female judge (“Screw Carrie Ann”) and whether he was, in fact, wearing a thong during his week 8 waltz  (you’ll have to listen to find out!). You have to hear it to believe it…and even then you still may not believe it. But Maks isn’t the only reality standout calling this week. The self-proclaimed king — not queen, mind you — of Survivor: Nicaragua, Brenda Lowe, also phoned in to defend not only her refusal to scramble for votes, but also the woman who backstabbed her: NaOnka. And if scripted fare is more your thing, Jennifer Armstrong joins Michael Slezak, Annie Barrett and yours truly to discuss why Grey’s Anatomy has again attained must-watch status after a rocky couple of seasons. It’s the most action-packed episode of the TV Insiders yet! You can download all the madness straight to your mp3 player, or click on the video player below to enjoy all the podcast magic right here and right now. Plus, if you have a question for the TV Insiders, you can tweet it to @EWDaltonRoss. Okay, prepare yourself for Maks and Brenda unleashed…

'Dancing With the Stars': Could Bristol Palin actually win?!? TV Insiders look into disco-crystal ball on podcast

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Bristol Palin may look like she doesn’t even want to be there half the time, but apparently lots of other people must want her on Dancing With the Stars, because the “teen activist” keeps on surviving week after week when other, clearly better dancers are shows the door. Which leads to many questions: How is this happening? Are fans of her politician mother voting along party lines for daughter Palin in droves? And could Bristol actually … gulp … win? Annie Barrett and Michael Slezak join me on the always non-partisan TV Insiders podcast to break it all down while also examining the big verbal dust-up between sassy Maks and sometimes lucid Carrie Ann. Plus: Someone admits to actually liking Survivor: Nicaragua‘s NaOnka, we grade the first week of Conan O’Brien’s new TBS talk show, and give our picks for the funniest Modern Family cast member. You can download all the insanity straight to your mp3 player, or click on the video player below to enjoy all the podcast magic on your screen right here, right now. And if you have a question for the TV Insiders, you can tweet it to @EWDaltonRoss. So get your dancing shoes on, click on the video below, and we’re off! READ FULL STORY

TV Insiders podcast: EW experts weigh in on Conan's first week and pick the funniest person on 'Modern Family'

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New network, new start time, same old Conan. Or is it? The TV Insiders are here to break down the first week of Conan and tell you (and him) what is and isn’t working so far on O’Brien’s new TBS talk show. Michael Slezak and Annie Barrett join yours truly to hand out our grades for week number one. Listen on, and see if you agree. But that’s not all we’re debating this week: We also give our picks for the funniest Modern Family cast member. (How will Mike and Annie take it when they learn how clearly right I am and clearly wrong they are?) There are also plenty of reality shenanigans to be discussed and dissected. You will sit in stunned silence as someone on our panel admits to actually rooting for Survivor‘s most hateful contestant ever NaOnka. And we will sit in stunned silence as we try to figure out how Bristol Palin has made it all the way through to the Dancing With The Stars final four. Is she the worst final four contestant ever? We’ll let you know! You can download all the insanity straight to your mp3 player, or click on the video player below to enjoy all the podcast magic on your screen right here, right now. Plus, if you have a question for the TV Insiders, you can tweet it to @EWDaltonRoss. And now, herrrrrrrrrrrrrrre’s Conan!

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