E: Gentle readers, welcome to the always highly anticipated Relatively Entertaining Fall Television Previews! It has in the last several years become our custom to present a night-by-night preview of each season’s offerings, including both returning and new shows. We cover the major nets, as well as the better-known cable shows – or at least the ones that pique our interest and conform to network scheduling norms. This year, Monday brings a pleasant mix of old favorites and intriguing new shows; after a few early hours of comedy and reality competitions, the 10pm is quite the log-jam. Wondering which new show to watch? Read on! And as always, if we haven’t included something that you watch or were thinking about watching, please leave a comment and convince us why we’re missing the boat! Here’s a quick key to help you as you read:
E: Before announcing the winners, Nigel shared his opinion that this year’s top four are so beloved he felt that people would be happy whoever won. It’s no more than what I said to Mr. E a few minutes before. Each of these four deserved it. I don’t always think that, and even when I do I often have a strong preference for one dancer over another. But no, this year I couldn’t decide; each time my mind would propose a favorite, all I could think was “but ____ is so wonderful! Think how much winning would mean to them!”
Of course, that also means I’m equally disappointed on behalf of the two who didn’t win.
E: Wow! That was – to borrow a word from Carly Rae Jepsen – amazing. These four dancers are so talented, so likable, and so deserving! But, um, hello – we’re not going to find who won until NEXT WEEK? FOX couldn’t pony up a single night this week? Brutal!
Okay, so. Cat Deeley bursts on the scene in this amazing beaded and studded dress – cream with bands of black at the neck and hem, and so much blue and gold in the beading that it looks as much blue as anything else. The dress has a deep v; flapper is my first thought, but the more I see it the more it seems like the 1920s filtered through the 1970s. Cat’s big fluffy glamorous curls are definitely 1970s Miss Piggy. Whatever you want to say about Cat’s fashion sense, it isn’t boring. I love it.
E: I cannot believe that time is here again. Sure as the temperature dips at night, and leaves start to change color, it’s time for my summer pleasure to come to an end. But it’s also time to assess the season of So You Think You Can Dance. During the finale – not the performance finale, when the top four contestants vie for our votes and the title of America’s Favorite Dancer(s), but the actual results finale, the judges all pick their favorite pieces for the dancers to reprise. A nd if the producers follow the same format as last year, the top four may also get to pick their favorite routines. Actually, considering all the celebrity judges we had this year I really have no idea who the show’s going to have on that judging panel, which is usually quite a large one.
For once my favorites this season aren’t all contemporary dances. I’ve included the top routines of the season in chronological order; I indicate with asterisks the ones I feel most sure they’ll include. I’ve tried to be conservative about assuming specific ones will appeal, but provide the broadest list of the great routines they have to choose from. I’ve got links all the way through, so you too can relive the seasons’ best.
E: Ah. That was satisfying. Feisty Jesse Tyler Ferguson returns to not actually judge anything. Cat operates on a whole other level – and reveals a shocking personal detail. Choreographers other than Travis Wall shine. And we finally hear the format for winning the show! It all comes together.
This week Cat’s dress is a t-length champagne gown with an art deco feel – the bodice is sleek and beaded and the skirt flows and flirts. She’s layered a double strand of pearls with silver chains. Instead of beginning with the group number – which is to say, showing us a pre-recorded segment – she chats before we see it. Actually, it’s likely still pre-recorded, because otherwise the cast would have had to quickly change out of their solo outfits, right? Oh, I don’t care. They changed the order of things up, that’s all. Anyway, before anything else Cat imparts the thrilling news that we will again have two winners, the top girl and guy. So whoever is left at the end of tonight will have a fifty percent shot at $100k. Wow. What’s it like not to worry about the results, Lithgoe, Cat asks, now that they’re out of your hands? Oh, I’m still going to worry and judge and direct the audience, he says. Alright, she agrees, you can give your opinions. They just don’t count. Oooh, sassy Cat!