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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Monday on TV: ABC starts dancing with the (not really) stars again

The new season of Dancing with the Stars (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) begins tonight, and there's already been quite a bit of complaining from fans.

There just aren't many actual stars, they're whining.

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I'm not disagreeing with them. But, really, you could make that complaint about any of the 13 previous seasons of the show.

Here's a list of the "stars" and their professional dancing partners:

• Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff

• Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd

• Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower

• Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

• Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas

• Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus

• William Levy and Cheryl Burke

• Maria Menounos and Derek Hough

• Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani,

• Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy

• Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya

• Jaleel White and Kym Johnson

The couples will dance the foxtrot or the cha cha in the season premiere.

Elsewhere on TV ...

How I Met Your Mother (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Barney and Quinn decide to move in together.

Dancing With the Stars (7 p.m., ABC/C h. 4): In the 14th-season premiere,

The Voice (7 p.m., NBC/Ch 5): The battles continue.

Republican Debate (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Ray Suarez moderates this Oregon debate.

House (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The team treats a blind man.

Being Human (7 and 9 p.m., Syfy): Aidan, Josh and Zoe fight for their lives.

Two and a Half Men (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Evelyn meets Lyndsey's mother.

Mike & Molly (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Mike and Molly take care of Mike's mother's dog.

Alcatraz (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): A musically inclined serial killer returns.

Lost Girl (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): Bo investigates a sex-related murder case.

Hawaii Five-0 (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): McGarrett's sister is arrested for smuggling diamonds.

Castle (9:01 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A contestant on a TV dancing contest is murdered.

Smash (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The cast performs "Marilyn the Musical" at the workshop for possible investors.

Pretty Little Liars (9 and 11 p.m., ABC Family): In the second-season finale, the identity of "A" is finally revealed.

Late Show with David Letterman (10:35 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): First lady Michelle Obama is Dave's guest.



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