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.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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