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.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.