Last week on "Dancing With the Stars," many of the contestants were brought to tears when they had to relive their most memorable year.
Former child star star Jaleel White decided to choose 1993, the year Stefan Urquelle, Steve Urkel's handsome, smooth-talking alter ego, made his debut on "Family Matters."
Yet, despite the fans' overwhelmingly positive reaction, White wants everyone to know that this was a one-night-only event. In other words, don't expect Steve Urkel to make a cameo on the dance floor.
"You can't have Katherine [Jenkins] and Mark [Ballas] out there doing the amazing dances that they're doing, and then have me come out there in suspenders so that some guys out there in frickin' Idaho will think it's cute," White told HuffPost TV. "This is a real competition, and I'm going to take it seriously."
This week, however, White will be channeling another iconic pop culture figure -- sans suspenders and glasses -- for "Dancing With the Stars'" rock week.
"I'm channeling my inner Mick Jagger," said White. "We're going to be doing a tango, and I'm really excited about it. Kym keeps telling me that this is actually easier than what I've already done, and I'm like, 'Really? Because it doesn't feel that way.' [Laughs.]"
HuffPost TV chatted with White about his upcoming rock week tango, William Levy's one-man bachelorette party, his bromance with fellow contestant Roshon Fegan -- who he says makes him want to be 20-years-old again -- and the rumors surrounding him and partner Kym Johnson.
So you're channeling your inner Mick Jagger this week, which means that you and Kym are totally getting down to "Moves Like Jagger" in rehearsals, right?
Got to do that! We're still going to stay authentic with it, but I actually really like the song. It's infectious, and I even got my competitors running around the rehearsal hall singing it!
Who, at this point, is your biggest competition?
Everybody is going to say everybody this season, but I mean it, and I have a reason for it. There's nobody in this competition that's not working hard. Normally, you get a couple of reality stars with a questionable work ethic, but that's not the case here. Every single person in this competition has a hell of a work ethic. Jack Wagner was working his butt off. I watched him every day. His hair was always wet, and his neck was always wrapped in a towel. Nobody wants to go home.
But I have to say that I'm enjoying Will Levy's one-man bachelorette party. It's hysterical, and when it strikes up, all you can do is enjoy it. He's such a fun guy to be around in rehearsal every day. So right now, my frontrunner would be Will Levy, but that's just because nobody can get a female reaction the way that he can. [Laughs.]
I feel like he also has a bit of an advantage on the Latin dances.
Maybe slightly. You'll have to see my tango and let me know if you still believe that.
Now, I have not been shy about telling the world how much I love Gladys Knight. She's my favorite this season. Sorry!
That's perfectly okay. Gladys is a wonderful energy to be around. She's been in this entertainment game for so long, and she's working hard too! The name of this game right now is just go out and do the best that you can do, so that you can enjoy the after party. [Laughs.] That's what I try to tell everybody. You just don't want to put up a bum dance in this group because you've worked hard all week, and you want to be able to go out with everybody and say, "I did my best." No one wants to spend Monday night knowing that they didn't bring it 100 percent.
Freestyle week isn't until later in the competition, but do you ever wish that "Dancing With the Stars" would allow for different types of dance, like hip hop, on a regular basis?
Not really. Each dance has its own personality, so if you try to inject too much of your personality, it doesn't always work. Len told one of the competitors last week that he wished he would have seen more traditional samba, so if that's what he needs to see in order to grade you, then you don't want to go any further off the books. It's only going to hurt your chances, even when it comes to the freestyle. You have to watch yourself. You can't go and try to remake Bobbi Brown's "Every Little Step," and expect Len to appreciate it.
What about this new judging system? Are you happy that the judges now have the power to send you home, and not the public?
Well, I didn't know anything about the show. [Laughs.] So I didn't have any new system to get used to. I know that Kym, from day one, has only talked about the judges. The judges this, the judges that ... I've always been doing this for her first and the judges, second. Obviously, I'm just trying to enjoy myself for the fans.
The media has changed a lot since you were in "Family Matters," so how are you handling all of these rumors and reports that are popping up every week?
I've been in this business for 30 years, and this is not my first time at the rodeo. My track record as a person speaks for itself. I've never been in trouble with the law, and I'm a diligent father. That's probably the toughest thing that I'm dealing with right now, just the time that I'm spending with my daughter. She came down to the rehearsal hall to play with Kym, and Kym taught her the quickstep. [Laughs.] At two-and-a-half years old, she's already better than me!
I'm going to have a real life after this. When this show ends, and everybody has had their fun and I've had my fun learning to dance -- because don't get it twisted, it has been fun -- I have a real life to get back to. But the experience has been a blast. When we lock the doors and keep everybody out, we're having a great time. You're constantly passing famous people in the kitchen, and we're all getting snacks and cracking jokes. Roshon Fegan has me on the floor every damn day. He just makes me want to be 20 again!
Last week, you channeled Stefan Urquelle.
My regret last week is that I didn't smile more. When I looked back at the tape Tuesday morning with my daughter, I could see my frustration. I could see my anxiety. I did my best to mask it, but I'm human. It was such an emotional moment for me because that character really does mean a lot to me.
Is there any small chance that fans are going to see a glimpse of Steve Urkel on the dance floor?
It's a fair question, but I actually don't think that people really care anymore. I definitely don't see a dance that would allow him to come back without me being marked off for it. I've been noticing that if you get too cutesy with it, the judges will really come after you. Roshon kind of had a cutesy dance last week, but the thing is that he can dance his ass off. God, he saved that dance with his moves. That boy can move! I have so much respect for him channeling Michael Jackson. But I'm just trying to stay away from anything cutesy. I want to stay true to the dance.
You can't have Katherine [Jenkins] and Mark [Ballas] out there doing the amazing dances that they're doing, and then have me come out there in suspenders so that some guys out there in frickin' Idaho will think it's cute. This is a real competition, and I'm going to take it seriously.
"Dancing With the Stars" airs at 8 p.m. ET on Mondays and 9 p.m. ET on Tuesdays on ABC.
This week's Game of Thrones is blessedly free of Joffrey, but there's still plenty of other things that are pretty gross. From decapitated heads to surprise incest, things are intense as the houses continue to get ready for impending war. Thankfully, there's also some levity in Westeros, mostly from Tyrion's one-liners and a charming scene between Gendry and Arya.
I definitely missed the characters we don't see this week (well, maybe not Joffrey), like Sansa, Robb, and Jaime, and those we only visit with briefly, like Daenerys. But like each episode of Game of Thrones, there's still a ton to talk about. Let's break it down after the jump.
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Though it seems to be in the same vein as a lot of the actor's previous movies, A Fantastic Fear of Everything looks a bit more complex. I was surprised to learn that though Pegg is producing and starring in the movie, it was actually written and co-directed by film newcomer Crispian Mills. The animation also reminds me of the sort of creativity I adored in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Check out the trailer after the jump
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"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" has already claimed five spots among E!'s top 10 most watched telecasts in the network's history. Now, with a new season debuting on May 20, will Kim introduce boyfriend Kanye West on camera to keep ratings soaring?
"The next season shows Kim, after her devastating split with soon-to-be ex-husband Kris Humphries, get even closer to her family," a source close to Kim tells me. "Kourtney is getting ready for the arrival of a baby girl, and Khloe is dealing with reports that she might not be the biological daughter of Robert Kardashian. But all 18 new episodes were shot before Kim started dating Kanye."
Over the course of this season, E! says viewers will get a firsthand look at mom Kris and Bruce Jenner's marriage problems (Bruce feels taken for granted). They'll also watch the three sisters work together as businesswomen to move their original DASH boutique from Calabasas, Calif., to Hollywood.
"It was hard for Kim to shoot this season under so much stress, but everything is caught on camera," a friend of Kim's tells me. "You see her start to heal and believe in herself again. The reason this show is such a hit is that the entire family tells the truth on camera about what is going on in their lives."
Will that truth include a cameo from Kanye when the tight-knit bunch begin filming next season?
"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" returns Sunday, May 20, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT only on E!.
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"Glee" returns with new episodes on Tues., April 10 at 8 p.m. ET with guest star Matt Bomer, followed by new episodes of "New Girl" and "Raising Hope."
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In his National Geographic show The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan talks about controlling dogs using "energy." But his real tool for controlling animals? Kicking them in the guts.
To any dog trainer rooted in the world of the science of behavior, the notion of "calm submissive" energy (or whatever he calls it) is fishy. Energy isn't observable; it's about as scientific as wishing on a star. More observable than energy is fear; often, Cesar Millan terrorizes dogs until they've been given emotional lobotomies and, zombielike, will do whatever he wants. The result is compliance (some of the time), and also the kind of fear and confusion that will send a dog looking to find a People Whisperer show. But dogs don't have cable.
However, sometimes, Cesar Millan does make use of behavioral science by implementing what is called, in behavioral terms, Positive Punishment. The "Positive" doesn't mean good -- it just means that something is added to the situation in order to discourage a behavior from happening again. Like adding a foot into a dog's abdomen.
The so-called "Dog Whisperer" makes training look like magic. But it's not. It is science: The science of punishment.
My biggest gripe with Cesar Millan is the fact that he is so often telling people to change everything about themselves and their own demeanor in order to bring about change in their dog. He suggests a person change everything about themselves in order to get the dog to stop lunging at the garden hose. He says things such as "Be assertive" or "Do not bring the past into the future." It's like commanding someone, "Stop being depressed!"
I'm a Positive Reinforcement dog trainer. Positive Reinforcement practitioners are good at encouraging the behaviors we want and ignoring behaviors we don't. This is a simpler approach that is more direct than getting someone to rearrange their psyche so that their dog will stop peeing on their pillow.
I think that most scientists would argue that, to date, we understand a lot more about manipulating animal behavior than we do about the workings of the human brain. What we do understand about training ourselves involves a lot of time and effort: therapy, self-help books, yoga, medication. By the time you figure those things out, you'll have 50 busted garden hoses and your dog is dead anyway. It takes far less time to wisely use good timing and proper reinforcement to train a dog.
But at any gathering of like-minded professionals, I don't hear these kinds of conversations. Whenever he is mentioned, Positive Reinforcement trainers -- a group that's good at not giving time and attention to things we don't like -- will usually try to "reinforce" something good.
I've heard my friends say, "I compliment him on wanting to help owners see that dogs do pick up on human emotions" or "He advocates the need for exercise, which is indeed good for most dogs." In an excellent Dogster post on Cesar Millan, one of my training mentors, Casey Lomanaco, writes: "Cesar and I both train dogs and their people. We both care deeply about helping dogs and people co-exist more peacefully." In an open letter to him regarding the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior stance against dominance-based training methods, my training partner Kate Senisi gives him kudos for making her want to learn more about training to begin with: "I was a fan -- he played a large part in inspiring me to change my professional career path," she writes.
Well, after digging deep into my soul, I have finally found a positive thing I have to say about Cesar Millan: He has good timing.
Dog trainers are all about affecting change in behavior in an animal, and everything is behavior, be it barking at another dog, sitting at a curb, playing dead or tracking a scent. All actions in our lives are either reinforced or punished. Positive Reinforcement animal trainers work to figure out how to bring about desired behavioral changes by pinpointing the things we want to happen again, and then rewarding them. We go this route long before ever resorting to any kind of negative reinforcement or punishment. But this does not mean throwing bacon in the air all the time or doing the horah the whole time Rufus is going potty: It means knowing exactlywhen to deliver a reinforcement -- be it food or something else rewarding to the animal -- and when to withhold it. Good dog trainers have great timing.
In Cesar Millan's case, he uses good timing when he punishes. At least, that's what I'm assuming is going on off-camera. Much of the time, it actually seems like his kicks and hissing noises and the like are delivered rather willy-nilly, not with great precision. But I imagine that, in the moments we don't see what's going on, he is doing a swell job of timing his punishers. Otherwise he wouldn't get results.
Then again, maybe he doesn't get results. The show isn't very long, and a lot is cut. Maybe the show's editor is the one with the great timing.
Another person with good timing? The punishment-based dog trainer who preceded Cesar Millan. Barbara Woodhouse was big in the U.K. in the mid-1900s. Her ability to deliver well-timed punishment was superb.
Here, in her 1970 book, Dog Training My Way, describing how to use well-timed punishment to get a dog to stop chasing cars:
Enlist the aid of a friend with a car. Ask him to drive you slowly past the dog that chases cars, and as the dog comes in to the attack, throw out as hard as you possibly can any fat hard-covered book, and make certain that the book hits the dog. The shock it gives the dog so frightens it that I have never had to repeat the treatment more than twice, even though the dog may have chased cars for years.
Just like Positive Reinforcement trainers are careful about choosing their rewards, the late Barbara Woodhouse was particular with her choice of punisher. She ends this passage by saying: "My favourite book is an old A.A. Handbook, it is just the right size."