TV Notes: Olympic champs on 'Dancing With Stars'; Walters to return

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With season 16 of "Dancing With the Stars" just weeks away, 12 new cast members -- including former Olympic champs Dorothy Hamill and Aly Raisman, as well as "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump -- were announced on "Good Morning America" Tuesday. There also may be a country music rivalry in the ballroom: two singers, Wynonna Judd and Kellie Pickler, will dance this season. Check out the full list of competitors below.

The pro pairings also were announced on the live telecast -- and there are a few familiar faces missing from the list. Outspoken pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy will not be on this season; neither will Anna Trebunskaya, Chelsie Hightower or Louis Van Amstel. However, viewers will get to see new pros Gleb Savchenko, Lindsay Arnold and former dance troupe member Sharna Burgess in action when the season premieres March 18 on ABC.

Here's a full list of the season 16 pairs announced Tuesday:

• Boxer Victor Ortiz and new pro Lindsay Arnold.

• Singer Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough.

• Country star Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani.

• Soap star Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson.

• Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

• Comedian Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess.

• Reality star Lisa Vanderpump and new pro Gleb Savchenko.

• Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas.

• Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus.

• Comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke.

• NFL star Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff.

Barbara Walters returns to "The View" next week after spending more than a month recovering from the chicken pox and a concussion, the network announced Tuesday.

The veteran ABC News journalist Tuesday called into a live taping of "The View" and announced that she would return to moderate the daytime talk show on Monday.

"Hello, my darlings," Ms. Walters said. "I'm so glad to be talking to you. ... I really miss you.

"Like it or not, I'm coming back on the show again," she said. "No more chicken pox. ... I haven't been contagious for a while, but they wanted me to have rest, and I've had enough rest and I'm ready to come back."

Ms. Walters, 83, had been absent from "The View" since Jan. 22, when she was first briefly hospitalized after an inauguration weekend fall. Ms. Walters announced on the "The View" that she had fainted and hit her head while at the British ambassador's residence, cutting her temple. She was taken to the hospital, where she said she received six stitches.

The following week, on Jan. 28, "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg announced on the show that Walters had been diagnosed with the chicken pox.

"We want to give you an update on Barbara," Ms. Goldberg said on "The View" at the time. "You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago and then was running a temperature, but it turns out it is all the result of a delayed childhood. Barbara has the chicken pox. She'd never had it as a child. So now she's been told to rest. She's not allowed any visitors. And we're telling you, Barbara, no scratching."

Thanks to a vaccine introduced in 1995, chicken pox has become rare among adults. Only one in 10,000 American men and women are diagnosed with chicken pox each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ms. Walters, who has interviewed every American president -- and first lady -- since Richard Nixon, joined ABC News in 1976 as the first woman to co-host the network news. She created "The View" and has been an executive producer and a regular co-host on the show since it debuted in 1997.



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