Andy Dick has spent well over 10 years trying to get his life together.
“I feel like I have slacked off. I have played ‘(fool) around’ for far too long,” the comedian said once in an interview, “and now ... I need to get my (life) in order.”
Since making that statement in 2002, he’s had his ups and downs: arrests on a marijuana possession, indecent exposure, suspicion of sexual battery and a misdemeanor of public intoxication. Still, his scandals keep his name in the news more than his entertainment skills.
Undoubtedly the producers of “Dancing with the Stars” (returning 8 p.m. Monday, ABC) are hoping a bit of the randy Andy will spice up this season.
He’ll have competition, too. Many of the cast members are looking for professional revivals more than personal ones. The other celebrities this season include singer Wynonna Judd, comic D.L. Hughley, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, “Real Housewives” star Lisa Vanderpump, boxer Victor Ortiz, teen TV star Zendaya Coleman, U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman, country singer Kellie Pickler, “General Hospital” actor Ingo Rademacher and ex-Olympic ice skater Dorothy Hamill.
Whether he’s still wanting to straighten up his act, Dick, the 47-year-old father of two, hasn’t had a blazing hot career in recent years. Leaving an impression on “Dancing with the Stars” could change all of that.
During an interview years later, Dick was still looking for personal redemption, saying, “I feel like I have something to prove. I need to show the world I am not just this (screw)-up, and that I am still funny.”
Highlights for the week of March 17-23, all times Eastern:
— “Shameless” (9 p.m. Showtime). Frank (William H. Macy) hits a new low when he pretends he’s part of a same-sex domestic partnership so he can get insurance.
— “The Biggest Loser” (8 p.m. NBC). This season’s “Loser” is crowned.
— “The American Bible Challenge” (9 p.m. GSN). This Jeff Foxworthy-hosted game show, now beginning its second season, could be named “Are You Smarter Than A Biblical Scholar?”
— “Malibu Country” (8:30 p.m. ABC). Reba McEntire’s sitcom wraps up its first — and possibly only — season.
— “Chupacabra vs. The Alamo” (9 p.m. SyFy).Erik Estrada jumps back onto the motorcycle to save the day against deadly legendary beasts during this horror movie.
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