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So You Think You Can Dance: New Changes for Next Season

Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels and Adam Shankman

Tired of Tea Party politics flavoring your reality dance competition? Don't worry because the latest search for America's Favorite Dancer is underway. Dream-chasing dancers and hip-hop hopefuls gathered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on November 16 to audition for the upcoming season of So You Think You Can Dance. Fox's hit series returns next year with a new and improved format.

Last season, the producers played with the show's set up, featuring 11 finalists teamed with All-Stars from past seasons. Now the Top 20 will be back, with ... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: November 19-21

supernatural

Supernatural (Friday, 9/8c, The CW)
Fancy this! After a season of emotional and horrific turbulence for the Winchesters, finally a whimsical change of pace, courtesy of Ben (The Tick) Edlund, who wrote this episode that finds the boys running afoul of fairies, elves, gnomes and leprechauns. Oh my! It all begins when ... read more

Exclusive: Alex Trebek to Guest Star on How I Met Your Mother

Alex Trebek

Category: Cameos We Can't Wait to See. Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek will appear in the Christmas episode of How I Met Your Mother, show co-creator Carter Bays tells TV Guide Magazine exclusively.

"It's our twisted version of... read more

Watercooler: Dancing With the Stars' Epic Fail

Brandy

No. This is not right at all. Bristol Palin beats Brandy? Nope. Not buying it.

Yet that is exactly what Dancing With the Stars tried to sell us last night by revealing that the teen mom who doesn't think anyone else should have premarital sex somehow ranked higher than the R&B singer who scored a perfect 30 the night before. Not since Wretchin' Gretchen beat Mondo Fabuloso on Project Runway has the natural order been so out of whack.... read more

Backstage at Dancing With the Stars: A Shocking Elimination

Bristol Palin, Mark Ballas

There was anger, outrage and sadness in the Dancing With the Stars ballroom Tuesday night. Brandy, who did such a magnificent job this season, was told she would be going home, knocked down by the seemingly unstoppable force that is Bristol Palin

Whether it's the wide reach of her mother, Sarah Palin, the influence of the Tea Party, or Bristol's appeal as the only "ordinary" (and therefore relatable) person in the competition, it doesn't seem to matter that she comes in dead last on the leader board. Viewers' votes, week after week, have allowed her to leap-frog over Audrina Patridge, Rick Fox, Kurt Warner and now, Brandy, and put her into next week's finals... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Glory Daze-d and Confused

Glory Daze

Jeers to TBS for failing to make the grade with Glory Daze.

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In case you haven't seen the incessant promos during the MLB playoffs and Conan, GD is a new sitcom about a group of freshmen rushing a fraternity at an Indiana university in 1986. (Unfortunately, there's nothing rushed about the show — it's an hourlooong show, a fact the ads fail to mention.) No collegiate-comedy cliché goes unturned, from the shtick-figure characters — the virgin, the jock, the stoner — to the predictable debauchery, with gag topics running the gamut from bongs to beer bongs... read more

Roush Review: Human Target Hits the Bull's-eye

Human Target

Nice save, Fox. Before the season started, it looked as if the network was hanging the appealing high-action sleeper Human Target out to dry on Fridays, where it was originally scheduled. But the early cancellation of Lone Star and a schedule shuffle opened up a slot on the show's former night (Wednesday) from last midseason. And all of a sudden we now have an hour of exhilarating midweek escapism to enjoy, reminding us how good a show like this can be (as opposed to the fizzle and fast fade of NBC's Undercovers in the same time period)... read more

First Look: Goran Visnjic Gets Leverage

Leverage

Throughout the third season of TNT's Leverage, Nate (Timothy Hutton) and his team have been on the heels of supervillain Damien Moreau, a ruthless financier of all things criminal. For the December 19 two-part finale, they finally come face-to-face with their nemesis, played by former ER star Goran Visnjic.

"He's the guy who never killed somebody with his own hands, but he's probably responsible for thousands of deaths worldwide," says Visnjic, who initially was hesitant to play a bad guy. But after watching episodes of the crime caper, he quickly changed his mind.... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Robin Sparkles Less Brightly

Cobie Smulders

Jeers to How I Met Your Mother for milking a gag past its sell-by date.

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The third appearance of "Robin Sparkles" — the Canadian-TV persona of Cobie Smulders' Robin Scherbatsky — was far from the charm. This time, the gang discovered an episode of Space Teens, a mathe-magical mystery that paired her with Jessica Glitter (Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger). The joke? An atypically dim Robin didn't realize the show played like a porno, with tired double entendres aboot — er, about — beavers and wood... read more

First Look: Jason Lee Rocks Raising Hope

Raising Hope

Memphis Beat's Jason Lee brings some '80s glam into the lives of the Chance family on the November 30 episode of Fox's Raising Hope. He plays musician Smokey Floyd, who headlines the local market's "Grocery-Palooza" concert, much to the thrill of Burt (Garret Dillahunt).

"Jason plays this sort of aging, falling-apart, former hair-band lead singer," says Martha Plimpton. "He comes to town to help rescue my husband, who's always wanted to play in a band."

Lee, who's reteaming with Hope creator Greg Garcia (who also created Lee's 2005—2009 sitcom My Name Is Earl), spent hours in the makeup chair... read more

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