This May, summer’s reality television mainstay, So You Think You Can Dance, will return for its ninth season. However, outspoken executive producer Nigel Lythgoe took to Twitter on New Year’s Day to announce that FOX has canceled the results episodes, whittling the series down to one airing a week.
While I am not surprised by this business-driven decision (TVLine.com reports that “the show’s most recent finale drew just over 6 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating, down 13 percent year-over-year.”), I am sorry to see the results shows go.
Without a doubt, SYTYCD features the best and most entertaining results shows in reality television. The SYTYCD results show have always been swift and light on its feet, providing less filler than its reality counterparts, from brand new dances from its contestants, to guest performances from dance troupes from around the globe. Not to mention, the SYTYCD results shows featured the first American televised appearance of Lady Gaga!
Despite the downsizing of the series, I do have faith that Nigel Lythgoe will be able to come up with a dynamic, revitalized format. Lythgoe noted via Twitter: “With the help of [Fox president of alternative entertainment] Mike Darnell I think we have some great new ideas.” SYTYCD has certainly not shied away from dramatically shaking things up in past seasons, from airing the competition in the fall of 2009, to introducing the All-Stars, to changing voting procedures, to hosting an ever-changing lineup of judges.
I look forward to whatever changes are in store for So You Think You Can Dance this summer, but I bemoan the fact that my summer will be filled with less Cat Deeley. After all is said and done, I would much rather spend an hour with her than an hour with Ryan Seacrest.