Olympic ice dancing gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis will try a less slick surface and new partners as contestants in the next edition of ABC’s ‘‘Dancing With the Stars.’’ ABC said Tuesday that game show host Drew Carey, actor Billy Dee Williams, and long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad will also be on the show, which begins a new season on March 17. Other celebrity contestants include former pro hockey player Sean Avery, ‘‘Full House’’ actress Candace Cameron Bure, ‘‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’’ star NeNe Leakes, James Maslow of the TV show and music group Big Time Rush, actress Danica McKellar of ‘‘The Wonder Years’’ and ‘‘The West Wing,’’ Paralympic athlete Amy Purdy, and pop star Cody Simpson.
Oscars rate with viewers
The Nielsen ratings company has slightly raised its estimate of Sunday’s Oscars viewership to 43.7 million people. Tuesday’s new estimate adds 700,000 viewers to what Nielsen had said a day earlier and makes the audience the biggest of any Academy Awards show’s since 2000. The Oscars glow spread to host Ellen DeGeneres, whose daytime talk show on Monday recorded the highest ratings in its 11-year history.
NPR’s Kasell retiring
Carl Kasell, a signature voice of NPR News for decades, is stepping down from the comedy news quiz show ‘‘Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!’’ and retiring from the network this spring. Kasell has been a recognizable voice on NPR for decades. He was a newscaster for 30 years on ‘‘Morning Edition’’ until 2009. His radio career spans half a century, starting as a morning DJ and newscaster at WGBR-AM in Goldsboro, N.C. NPR announced Kasell’s retirement Tuesday. After three decades as a newscaster, Kasell became the official judge and scorekeeper of the Chicago-based game show. Kasell says his time on ‘‘Wait, Wait’’ has been his favorite years at NPR because he could meet and talk to the audiences he felt he knew.
Cassidy charge reduced
A lawyer says a New York drunken-driving charge against 1970s teen heartthrob David Cassidy has been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor and returned to a town court for resolution. Cassidy was pulled over in the town of Schodack and charged with driving while intoxicated in August, when he was in upstate New York for a horse-racing meet in Saratoga Springs. The charge was a felony because Cassidy has a 2011 driving-under-the-influence conviction in his home state of Florida. Attorney Lucas Mihuta says the 63-year-old ‘‘Partridge Family’’ star won’t be in Schodack court Wednesday evening because he’s in alcohol rehabilitation after a January DWI arrest in Los Angeles.
Missing Renoir returns
A Renoir painting stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art more than 60 years ago will return to public view later this month. The museum announced Tuesday that Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting ‘‘On the Shore of the Seine’’ from about 1879 will be the centerpiece of a special exhibition March 30 through July 20. It’s being reunited with 20 artworks from the collection of Saidie May, who had owned the painting and donated many other works to the museum. The small Renoir piece became the subject of a legal dispute after Marcia ‘‘Martha’’ Fuqua, of Virginia, said she bought the painting at a flea market for $7. Others, including her brother, disputed the story. A judge awarded ownership to the museum, citing evidence the painting was stolen in 1951.
TV couple plead guilty
Husband-and-wife members of the ‘‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’’ cast have pleaded guilty to fraud. Teresa and Giuseppe ‘‘Joe’’ Giudice arrived at the federal courthouse in Newark on Tuesday without speaking to reporters. They each pleaded guilty to several counts including bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and failing to pay taxes. Under federal guidelines, Joe Giudice faces a potential sentence of 37 to 46 months and Teresa Giudice could get 21 to 27 months.
Bieber clips to go public
Remaining police video clips of Justin Bieber after his January arrest will be made public with sensitive portions blacked out to protect the singer’s privacy, a judge ruled Tuesday. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said two of the five unreleased video clips depict the singer’s genitalia during a urine test for drugs at the Miami Beach Police Department. Altfield agreed with lawyers for Bieber, who turned 20 on Saturday, that the video’s airing would be an invasion of privacy that outweighed the public’s right to know.
Lost on Liza
“I think she thought it would be funny. But she never stopped after she said it . . . so I think it went a little astray on her.” — Liza Minnelli, on being called a “Liza Minnelli impersonator” by Ellen DeGeneres during the Oscars.