Fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance debuts tonight

Fox isn’t giving us even one night to take a break from talent search shows, debuting So You Think You Can Dance 4 tonight at 8 p.m. ET. It airs Wednesdays and Thursdays, and audition episodes will fill the time between now and June 4, and the top 20 will finally perform June 11.

Nigel Lythgoe and Mary “wooooooo!” Murphy return as judges, and Cat Deeley hosts. Viewers will vote starting with the top 20, although as before, the judges eliminate people during the semi-final rounds, selecting from those who had the fewest number of votes. The winner gets $250,000.

While I avoided the show for two years, I tuned in last year and was immediately won over by the show’s incredible talent. Compared to American Idol, I’m convinced it’s better and solves Idol’s problems. Among other things, it has better judges (rotating in a choreographer as judge every week makes a significant difference) and talent that’s a lot more entertaining to watch. And allowing the judges to narrow the group during the semi-final rounds ensures that no Sanjayas end up in the top 10.

So You Think You Can Dance [Fox]
Forget ‘Idol’! ‘Dance’ perfects the formula [MSNBC]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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