The surprising effect of SYTYCD’s results show cancellation: a longer season

The cancellation of So You Think You Can Dance‘s results show was a creative decision that will result in the show running longer during the summer and usually airing two-hour episodes, Fox’s entertainment president told me.

At the Television Critics’ Press Tour Sunday, Kevin Reilly suggested in an answer to critics that cancelling the results show was a creative decision that would make room for other programs. “We wanted to get a few more shows on over the summer. We also wanted to smooth out our summer so we don’t stop early and then have these dead weeks leading up to the season,” he said, calling the Nigel Lythgoe-produced series “kind of a big tentpole of the summer.”

I asked him about that later, and he said airing other shows wasn’t the reason why the results show was killed. “It wasn’t about more hours,” he said. “I actually think that by compacting the two shows together, it’s going to actually juice up the format a little bit.”

In fact, we’ll get additional weeks of So You Think You Can Dance, if not more hours altogether. “The total number of hours that we committed to Dance, it’s a couple hours less. It wasn’t really like we wanted to reduce the total number of hours. In fact, we wanted to figure out how to spread it out over the summer, which is now what we’re doing,” Reilly told me.

Because the results show was creatively strong, it will be missed, I said, and he replied, “We have to see,” and added that they will be “building [the results show] into the actual format.”

Does that mean every episode will be two hours? “Pretty much,” Reilly said. “I think it could make for a great two hours. That’s our hope.”

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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.