TV CHEAT SHEET: Let dance wars begin!
It's on! Battle on the dance floor between challenger World of Dance and big daddy, So You Think You Can Dance. NBC
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Dance Dance Evolution
World of Dance vs. So You Think You Can Dance If anyone thought SYTYCD was fading away before, the existence of a new dance show that features the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, Ne-Yo and Jenna Dewan Tatum may have put the nail in the Fox show's coffin. Here's the thing, SYTYCD is still a decent show and, perhaps, even better now that they brought back Mary Murphy and her hot tamale train to join Nigel Lythgoe. And while new permanent judge Vanessa Hudgens is fine in her own right, that's the problem. She's fine. World of Dance, on the other hand, is fresh and big, stepping up and injecting new life into the dance genre. Which could be a good thing. Thankfully the two shows don't air on the same night and dance competition lovers don't need to make a Sophie's Choice. And they each have very different concepts, despite both being centred on dance. Season 14 of SYTYCD is, once again, looking for the best of the undiscovered best between the ages of 18 and 30, 10 of whom will be paired with past All-Stars, before being whittled down to find America's Favorite Dancer. World of Dance goes beyond that, bringing the elite and already world famous to the stage and narrowing it down to the Top 3 before deciding who wins the grand prize of a million bucks. The major difference, however? WOD has more viral and watercooler-y moments to spotlight and will lure in more viewers that way. SYTYCD? Not so much. Is there room for both to exist? I hope so. But SYTYCD is still on my PVR; WOD has already been watched. Is that a big difference in this day and age? Hopefully not.
Not since Making the Band and Popstars have we seen a show centred on finding the next great music group. OK, OK, in recent years, The X Factor did it, forming a group of singers from individuals who just didn't cut it on their own but found great success. Yes, we're looking at you One Direction, Little Mix and Fifth Harmony (O-Town, Sugar Jones and Eden's Crush, not so much). ABC's latest series is looking to find their next 1D. Because nothing says living the dream like finding so much success as a group, to then leave said group and embark on a solo career. Hosted by Rita Ora, the show begins with 30 of the best young male vocalists in the U.S. as they audition for "architects" Emma Bunton, Nick Carter and Timbaland. They'll cut a dozen before mixing and matching the remaining boys into three groups of six. And that's when things get good. Because it's all or nothing.
Premieres: Thursday, June 22 on ABC
Variety ifsthe spice of life
The Gong Show
So. ABC is bringing back The Gong Show and its host is British comic Tommy Maitland. The thing is, Tommy Maitland looks (and sounds, dances and delivers jokes) exactly like Scarborough native Mike Myers. But since the network won't confirm or deny, I'll just assume Myers is channelling Jared Leto and going full method. Executive produced by fellow Canadian Will Arnett, who also acts as one of the show's judges (in the premiere, he's joined by Ken Jeong and Zach Galifianakis), the hour is basically the weirdest, wackiest acts you'd likely see on America's Got Talent. Or public-access television. Yes, it's that bizarre. And it would be an hour of total cheese but the all-star panel and Maitland's jokes totally save this. Give it a whirl. If you're not down with it, I completely get it. And if you love it, I won't judge. Premieres: Thursday, June 22 on ABC
Jean Effron, Better Call Saul
It would be easy to award the performer of the week to Rhea Seehorn, whose Kim has been hustling her ass off and sleeping very little which resulted in her getting in that car accident (which, FYI, was amazingly shot). And it would be even easier to laud Bob Odenkirk as he finally showed us where Jimmy ends and where Saul Goodman begins as he tarnished one of the last things left in his life that was kept relatively pure and untouched: his work in elder law. But let's save them for another day and, instead, focus on the actress who plays Irene. Jimmy's cruel plot to get Irene to settle her case, thus scoring a hefty payday, worked - but at a huge price. For Irene. As he turned everyone around her against her, making it appear she was in it all for herself, Irene was left frozen out of her group. With no one to lean on, Irene turned to Jimmy and asked him what she should do and he played her like a violin. Watching her break down was heartbreaking and in a show this good with actors bringing their A games week after week, Effron deserved special mention as she held her own.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"My new show is not about Trump! It's about a Midwestern family."
Roseanne Barr - who, if you remember, ran for president in 2012 - tweeted about the Roseanne revival Phew! I think I speak for everyone by saying we all need a break from the political madness.