Fifth season of So You Think You Can Dance debuts tonight

Tonight, Fox debuts the first of this year’s two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance. The two-hour premiere tonight at 8 p.m. ET will be followed next Wednesday by two more hours of auditions, and then two more hours of auditions next Thursday. It will typically air Wednesdays at 8 with results shows Thursdays at 9.

The same cast returns, host Cat Deely and “your jidges” (as she calls them) Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, the one who screams. They’ll rotate in guest judges and choreographers, which is one of the reasons why the show has been better than Idol in the past, although last season wasn’t quite as good as season three. Despite Nigel Lythgoe’s unfortunate veiled homophobia, the judging is usually consistently better than American Idol‘s, and the actual talent is usually stronger, too.

The show’s biggest problem, as far as I’m concerned, is that it debuts less than 24 hours after we finish with American Idol. Can we not have a break? Please? The answer is a solid no, because summer reality TV starts now.

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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