SYTYCD not cancelled; eighth season will include all-stars, top 20, maybe Mary Murphy

So You Think You Can Dance will return next summer for an eighth season, despite idiotic rumors that it’s been cancelled, and its format will be a hybrid of last summer’s new format and the previous structure, according to its head judge and executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe.

Responding to a ridiculous rumor that the show has been cancelled (Nigel says that’s “a LIE”), he wrote on Twitter that the show will be “Back next year with both a Top 20 and the #AllStars.”

Nigel previously mentioned those format changes when he admitted last season’s problems and said he’d undo some of season seven’s changes.

One of its biggest changes was dropping Mary Murphy as a judge and choreographer, and replacing her with icy Mia Michaels and annoying Adam Shankman. But last month, Mary said during a panel discussion with the touring company of Burn The Floor that she was negotiating to return to the show full-time next summer.

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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