TV Bites: Donny and Whitney


· So it took nine long seasons (and an under-the-table deal that Tom Bergeron will only drive an I Look to You-skinned batmobile until 2012) but Dancing With the Stars finally convinced pop-gospel legend Whitney Houston to sing her career-making single, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" on last night's season finale. The strained performance (after the jump) did not move winner Donny Osmond enough to warrant a bouquet of purple roses and a private "Puppy Love" serenade, but it did upstage Cloris Leachman and Steve Wozniak's Mambo redux.

Oprah storms the White House, Fox is predicted to win November sweeps, and more TV Bites after the jump.

· Fox has picked up Lie to Me for a full season and released their midseason schedule. Ellen DeGeneres will make her American Idol permanent judging debut on January 12. [Hollywood Reporter]

· Meanwhile, USA has picked up Burn Notice for a fourth season. [EW]

· For the first time in the network's history, Fox is projected to dominate November sweeps, thanks in part to the World Series and Glee. [Hollywood Reporter]

· As part of Oprah's epic, 19 month goodbye, the broadcast superstar will host a presidential holiday special for ABC. Called Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special, the hour-long program will feature a behind-the-scenes look at presidential holiday preparation and an interview with the First Couple.

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