07/30/2008 at 12:00 AM EDT
• Former Vice President Dan Quayle
is reportedly on a short list of potential contestants
for the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars
. Quayle is relieved he won't have to spell "Edyta Sliwinska
• So you think you can cook? The Next Food Network Star
finale snagged 4 million viewers and became the most-watched show
in the history of the network. Winner Aaron McCargo Jr.
's show Big Daddy's House
• Better late than never! American Idol
favorite Melinda Doolittle
has signed a record deal
with Hi Fi records more than a year after she left the show. (There's still hope for Sanjaya
!) Doolittle's debut is expected in the fall.
• HBO wants to give Kanye West
a voice -- on TV. Sources suggest the network is working on a reality show
that would showcase the busy life of the Grammy winner. 50 Cent
said, "G- G- G- Gimme a break."
• Planet Green will air 10 episodes of a new reality show called Battleground Earth: Ludacris vs. Tommy Lee
, which challenges the two musicians and their respective "eco-rages" to out green each other
by doing the most good for the planet. Said Al Gore
, "I'm available."