Fox orders fifth So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance 5 will air next summer, as Fox has renewed its top-rated summer series. The show’s two episodes are in the top five among viewers 18 to 49, making the renewal unsurprising.

In a press release, which notes those ratings, Fox executive Mike Darnell said, “We’re delighted to have DANCE back for a fifth season next year. FOX is very lucky to have television’s preeminent performance competitions in AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and it’s no coincidence that creator and executive producer Simon Fuller and executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe have been a part of both these successes.”

The fourth season concludes this week with two-hour episodes on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Fox Trots Into Season Five of Smash Series “So You Think You Can Dance” [Fox]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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