So You Think You Can Dance, Venus & Serena: For Real both debut tonight
FOX gets into the dancing reality game with So You Think You Can Dance, which kicks off with a two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. ET. The series comes to us from American Idol’s producers, and thus follows its model. FOX says “the nation’s best dancers will be pitted against each other in a grueling 12-week competition to become American’s hottest, freshest and most famous new dancer.” The 50 dancers will be guided by five choreographers.
Also tonight, ABC Family debuts a show about Venus and Serena Williams that offers a look “into their private lives.” But Venus & Serena: For Real is not what we’ve come to expect from celeb reality shows.
As The New York Daily News’ David Hinckley writes, there are “No selfish, profane celebrity brats here. No pseudo-stars whose primary motivation seems to be amusing either themselves or the camera. This is the anti-Osbournes, six weeks in the life of people who are sane, tempered and rational.”
In other words: bo-ring. Hinckley says as much: “The issue for the TV is that what makes for an admirable life doesn’t always make scintillating television.”
The show debuts at 10 p.m. ET.