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.

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.

about the writer

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.