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Mario Lopez is hooking up with the CW.

We hope Karina Smirnoff doesn't find out.

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JUST KIDDING! The CW is actually a television network and this is great news for Lopez fans: The man who used to be known solely for his portrayal of A.C. Slater has inked a talent holding deal with the station.

The pact calls for CW to either develop a project for Lopez or cast him in one of its 2007-08 pilots.

The CW project will be Lopez's first primetime scripted show since 1998's USA Network drama Pacific Blue. It was a show watched by fewer viewers than any post-Seinfeld series with Jason Alexander - no, not the one that that's friends with Shar Jackson.

We're happy for Mario. We were afraid he'd follow in the naughty footsteps of former co-star Dustin Diamond.

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During a weekend of relaxation and gratitude, Mario Lopez was glad he had a break.

It didn't hurt that he spent a few days at his sister's home in Houston and then Mexico with a certain dancing star.

Karina Smirnoff of DWTS

"We're definitely overdue for a break," Lopez told People magazine about himself and possible girlfriend, Karina Smirnoff. "I want to take a little time off, go to Mexico."

By Sunday, the pair were there, taking south of the border by beautiful storm. And while Mario wouldn't confirm the dating rumors with Smirnoff, he did refer to their bond as "a very special relationship."

Awww.

"It's very flattering when people want to see us together and like to see us be together," he said about the romantic sparks that viewers saw as the two twisted their way to a second-place finish this month on Dancing with the Stars. "We're great friends and very supportive of each other."

Channeling their inner Brangelina, Lopez and Smirnoff arrived in San Antonio on Friday night on behalf of the charity Any Baby Can, a non-profit organization that benefits severely disabled children.

For the record, we love this couple. The Hollywood Gossip would like to encourage Lopez to remain loyal to Smirnoff and avoid any more late nights with Britney Spears in Las Vegas.

Trust us, Mario, the former Mrs. Federline will play with your heart and get lost in the game.

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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Unless you're a famous singer that recently divorced your waste of wife-beater-wearing space husband and a curly-haired hot dancer that should have been crowned the brightest dancing star on the planet.

Wax Britney

Indeed, the Britney Spears post-breakup tour took Sean Preston's mom to Las Vegas this weekend. Once there, the former Mrs. K-Fed won big at the blackjack table and may have landed an even more impressive pot:

Mario Lopez.

She was introduced to the Dancing with the Stars runner-up at casino, The Mint. The two, along with a small group, then headed up to Moon Nightclub and partied the night away.

Before possibly taking the man that played A.C. Slater to the wrestling mat of her hotel room (if you know wat we mean!), Britney arrived in Nevada on Friday.

She donned the disguise of a pink wig and big, dark sunglasses, but was spotted in the Palms Casino Resort Friday night; probably due to the fact that Britney Spears boobs are never confused with anyone else's cleavage.

Also on Friday, Spears went into the Palms' recording studio with producer Lukasz Gottwald to mix tracks on her new album.

"She looks and sounds great," a source told People magazine. "Her voice never sounded better. She's having fun. She's ready to kick a--."

Britney also did pretty well at the tables, reportedly winning $10,000 playing blackjack.

That's more cash than Kevin Federline album sales will bring in over the next six years.

Meanwhile, two famous folks were absent from the trip. There were no Jayden James Federline sightings, spurring talk that Spears is trying to keep the child away from gambling.

Karina Smirnoff, Lopez's possible girlfriend, was also nowhere to be seen. We hope she's okay.

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America may not love Mario Lopez as much as Emmitt Smith, but that hasn't stopped the former Saved by the Bell star from lending a helping hand.

Despite bitter feelings from being robbed on Dancing with the Stars, Lopez spent time at the Ronald McDonald House this week. We can only imagine the nuggets of wisdom he shared with youngsters such as the smiling kid below:

Mario Lopez Shirtless

Make friends with Eva Longoria ... avoid detention with Mr. Belding ... don't do drugs ... don't watch the Screech sex tape ... treat women with respect ...

Is it any wonder why Karina Smirnoff developed a crush on her dancing partner?

We certainly would. The guy oozes sex appeal AND a good heart. That's difficult to find.

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Evidently, three Super Bowl titles were not enough for Emmitt Smith. The NFL all-time rushing yards leader ran away with the fan vote on last night's Dancing with the Stars finale, as well.

Chaz Waves

Smith and Mario Lopez received identical scores on Tuesday night's show, but supporters pushed the running back over the top in the end, as he celebrated with professional dance partner Cheryl Burke.

"I am so proud of this trophy and I am proud to share it with Cheryl," Smith said. "We worked our tails off."

"Emmitt embodied what this competition is all about," season 3 contestant and Paris Hilton-hater Shanna Moakler said. "He deserved to win. Absolutely."

Other participants that had been kicked off earlier also weighed in.

"I don't think you could go wrong with either of these guys," Jerry Springer said. "They both had identical scores so it was who had the more compelling story and Emmitt's was the great American story. You saw his growth throughout the process and that's the great American story. That's the magic of this show."

For Karina Smirnoff, sadly, the magic felt like pure, unadulterated sadness. Tears streamed down her face as she reluctantly talked to reporters and the usually jovial Lopez tried to console her.

"Apparently world-class dancing wasn't enough. That wasn't the criteria it was based on," Lopez said to People magazine. "I don't really care about the trophy. I just wanted to win for Karina. She is honestly the best dancer in the world. No disrespect to the other girls on this show, but they don't hold a candle to her."

And with that, Slater and his date went to watch the Screech sex tape in order to feel better about themselves.

Meanwhile, Sara Evans attended the finale. For those somehow unaware, Evans withdrew from the competition after filing for divorce from political consultant Craig Schleske, her husband of 13 years.

"She was very relaxed, very happy to be here. Her kids are here and they are having a lot of fun. Her son Avery was doing some moves on the dance floor during rehearsals yesterday." dancer Louis Van Amstel said.

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It's come down to this. A lifetime of blood, sweat, tears and pranks on Mr. Belding have taken Mario Lopez to the top of the dancing world. Almost.

First, Slater has to conquer NFL legend Emmitt Smith in the finale of Dancing with the Stars tonight.

DWTS Bottom 3 in Week 5

Friends of A.C from Bayside High recently commented on their fellow alum's chances of doing so:

Jesse Spano: I'm so excited for Slater! I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so ... scared.

Zach Morris: Slater's been training for this the last 15 years. After our fight first day of senior year, he said his one regret was that I wasn't Emmitt Smith.

Now, I understand why.

Screech Powers: Slater winning will be the best thing that happened to our high school class since my sex tape was released.

Not that I had anything to do with that. I've never even met David Hans Schmidt.

Lisa Turtle: Do you like my new top? It's from the Justin Timberlake clothing line.

Anyway, I think Smith will win. But that's just one token black girl's support for a brother.

Kelly Kapowski: I was really hot before gaining a few pounds during Beverly Hills, 90210 and then falling off the face of the eart. Gooooo, Slater!

Mr. Belding: Mrs. B and I love watching that Karina Smirnoff.

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Dancing with the Stars has seen Sara Evans drop out and Jerry Springer almost drop his pants.

Tonight, however, it will finally show fans a winner. The finals pit possible couple Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff against Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke.

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Let's see who various celebrities support ...

Mario & Karina

Ryan Seacrest - "Mario Lopez ... he will take it and then the world will wait for him to announce his passionate romance with Karina ... They have to be hookin' up!"

Judge Marilyn Milian, People's Court - "I think Mario Lopez because that Latino is so hot to trot that I could watch him trot all night long."

Dayna Devon, Extra - "I think Mario will win because he works at 'Extra' and I am required to say that. Not to mention he is the best dancer!"

Howard Stern - Mario Lopez will win because he's had professional dance training, but Stern wonders if he "might reveal that he's gay, afterwards."

Emmitt & Cheryl

Rachael Ray - "I am rooting for three-time Super Bowl champ Emmitt Smith. When Emmitt came on my show he taught me how to cha cha, and when he wins I hope he comes back and teaches me all the dances he learned."

Alex Trebek, Jeopardy! - "Although I think Mario is excellent, I have a feeling that America will vote for Emmitt Smith because for him to be doing what he's doing as a dancer, after all the bumps and knocks he endured in his Hall of Fame football career, is truly remarkable."

Undecided Vote

Jerry Springer - "I can't imagine rooting for one over the other. I think Mario is an incredible talent. Emmitt is already a superstar and, when I grow up, I want to be just like him."

Jimmy Kimmel - "Emmitt Smith or Mario Lopez? I should point out there are absentee ballots that have not been counted and Joey Lawrence is extremely popular with our troops overseas."

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He's already won over fans and judges on Dancing with the Stars - to say nothing of Karina Smirnoff, of course.

But will Mario Lopez soon be wooing the most famous Baby in film history?

Mario Lopez Shirtless

Rumors are circulating that the former Saved by the Bell star may reprise Patrick Swayze's role in a remake of Dirty Dancing. (No, not Dirty Sanchez; that would be a job for ex-castmate, Dustin Diamond).

Swayze, however, is less pleased than Kanye West over the possibility of this tale being told on screen again:

"I think that the original really stands up well and both leads were great!" he laughed. "We seem intent on re-making everything right now."

The man makes a point. However, we have no objection to Eva Green starring in the lastest James Bond remake. She's pretty.

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Just when rumors of their romance had quieted down, Mario Lopez and Eva Longoria have seemingly let the cats out of the bag again. So to speak.

Yes, that is the pair dressed as a couple of supposedly friendly felines for Halloween, but we have our questions:

Beautiful Eva
  • Where was Tony Parker?
  • Where was Karina Smirnoff?
  • Who actually dresses in as boring a costume as a cat these days?

It almost makes Leonardo DiCaprio seem creative with his outfit selection this year.

Meanwhile, in a battle of sordid Saved by the Bell alums, the Screech sex tape still trumps any dirty Slater shanningans. But we've got our eye on you, A.C. and Eva.

We've also got our eye on Matt Lauer. He looks incredibly similar to Johnny Depp in this Jack Sparrow costume. Now THAT's how you do Halloween!

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The camera doesn't lie. That's how we know for sure that Paris Hilton and Travis Barker did, indeed, swap spit at least once on the dance floor.

So, what do Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff have to say about their off-the-dance-floor moves now? The pair has been claiming everything is friendly and above the belt. But these two seem like more than dancing partners in this picture, don't they?

Situation and Karina Smirnoff

We just hope Sara Evans isn't looking at this at the moment. The former Dancing with the Stars contestant doesn't need to be reminded of how exciting a new love can be right now.

Tony Parker, however, can finally relax. Even if Eva Longoria was saving Lopez's bell (if you know what we mean!) before, Mario appears to have settled on Karina in the end.

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