Surprise: So You Think You Can Dance gets a 10th season

Fox’s dance competition So You Think You Can Dance has been renewed for its 10th season, an unlikely but welcome development for a show that is still the best studio-based talent competition on network television.

Co-creator and judge Nigel Lythgoe announced the renewal on Twitter, calling it in a hashtag, “#MyBestChristmasGift.” He said auditions will start in Austin, Texas, though he did not say when.

That is a surprise, because last season wasn’t very strong, hurt by the Olympics and its new one-night-a-week format, never mind really bad choices such as its awful Mia Michaels rerun episode. Ratings dropped throughout the season. (If you missed season nine or want to re-watch it for some reason, Ovation will air it from start to finish starting January 4.)

But I’m thrilled Fox is giving it another chance; at the very least, that’s only fair, since they renewed that expensive shitshow The X Factor.

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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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.