Nancy Grace, Ricki Lake will ‘Dance with Stars’

Television’s most consistent connection with surrealism may be the semi-annual casting of “Dancing with the Stars.” Once more its producers has put on a tabloid-ready group of stars to love and hate this fal.

Chief among them? Nancy Grace, the off-putting TV host and former prosecutor; who is not the only TV host among them. The others are former daytime host Ricki Lake and Carson Kressley of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”

Others in the cast revealed Monday, during “Bachelor Pad,” are David Arquette, the actor producer and divorcee; Chaz Bono, the male personality born out of the former Chastity Bono, the only offspring of Sonny and Cher; and Chynna Phillips, the lead singer of Wilson Phillips with her own notable pedigree.

Of the sports stars involved, one of them, Lakers star Ron Artest, is way better known than the other, female pro-soccer player Hope Solo.

Reality programming gives us Kristin Cavallari, whose career never came back when she returned to MTV’s “The Hills,” and Rob Kardashian, the least Googled sibling of that family.

In the realm of the only marginally well known Elisabetta Canalis, an Italian actress best known as George Clooney’s ex girlfriend, and J.R. Martinez, an Iraq War veteran, motivational speaker and actor on “All My Children” – because you have to have a soap star from the ABC family.

Of the professional dancers, Derek Hough will return after an absence, alongside Mark Ballas, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Kym Johnson, Cheryl Burke, Karina Smirnoff, Lacey Schwimmer and Anna Trebunskay.

Pairings will be interesting, since this is the farthest the show, one of the more mainstream on TV, has gone in including the LGBT community.

The pairings will be announced Wednesday to boost another ABC show: “Good Morning America.”

The new season of “Dancing with the Stars,” its 13th, begins Sept. 19 on ABC.

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