Jon Tenney and Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
11:30 am/ET Nickelodeon
The adventurous heroine of Ian Falconer's book series comes to life in a charming new animated series that debuts today. (Additional new episodes air all week.) Olivia is a curious, outgoing young pig with a vivid imagination. In the opener, that imagination has her worrying that her little brother is going to grow way too big, so she tries to stunt his growth. Then she has some friends over and creatively transforms her house into a make-believe hotel, complete with guest rooms and room service. —Jennifer Sankowski. Read on for previews of Trust Me, 24, The Closer and Superstars of Dance.
Nigel Lythgoe knows reality competition shows. As an executive producer of both American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, the U.K. native has helped spur dreams of stardom worldwide. The producer's latest baby, Superstars of Dance, (Mondays, 8 pm/ET, NBC), has joined the performance show playing field with a global spin on the genre.
Unlike Idol's and Dance's battles of the neophytes, Superstars features professional dancers from eight different countries. Groups, couples and individuals compete in a format that was inspired in part by the Olympics, with judges from the participating countries scoring the routines. Hosted by "Lord of the Dance" Michael Flatley and TRL alum Susie Castillo, the costumes are lavish, the sets dazzle and the dancing is diverse. Just as Superstars is getting warmed up, TVGuide.com visited the set to chat with Lythgoe to discuss his inspiration for the series, why he thinks there's room for another dance show and how things have changed for him since he left his role with American Idol.
Superstars of Dance
The ratings summary for this Sunday:
Trailing the conclusion of Fox's NFL coverage, 60 Minutes placed second with 12.32 million total viewers. The first hour of Saturday Night Live's "Sports Extra" special came in a distant fourth (behind Funniest Home Videos), with 4.48 mil.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition topped the hour with just under 11 million viewers; Million Dollar Password was a close second with 10.4 mil. The SNL Sports Extra surged to 6.88 mil in its second hour. Fox's rebroadcast of 24: Redemption averaged 5.9 mil over its two-hour run.
Housewives was No. 1 with 14.33 million viewers, yet down 10 percent from its last fresh outing. Cold Case came in second with 12.66 mil, followed by the first hour of NBC's Superstars of Dance premiere (10.4 mil).
NBC's superstar Dancers showed some legs by topping the 10 o'clock hour with 10.07 million viewers, besting The Unit (9.73 mil, up 19 percent from its previous new episode). Brothers & Sisters brought up the rear with 9.16 mil, down 14 percent.
Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo, Superstars of Dance
Superstars of Dance
9 pm/ET NBC
Michael Flatley and Susie Castillo host this new international dance competition, which showcases a variety of dance genres from around the world.
Read on for previews of real World Secrets Revealed, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Confessions of a Teen Idol.
Superstars of Dance hosts Michael Flatley and Susie Castillo
Starting Sunday, January 4, at 9 pm/ET, NBC's Superstars of Dance - exec-produced by So You Think You Can Dance boss Nigel Lythgoe and hosted by Michael "Lord of the Dance" Flatley and Susie Castillo - will pit stellar shufflers from eight countries against each other in a competition described as "equal parts sporting event, rock concert and artistic exhibition."
In addition to fielding two soloists, a duo and one group, each country will furnish a coach and a judge to serve on a multinational panel. We got a first look at who's representing for each team. Review the line-up after the jump.