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InsideTV Podcast: Cat Deeley's 'Top Model' dreams Taylor Hicks? Plus: 'Mad Men' preview

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Cat Deeley has always been one of our favorite reality show hosts, so it was no surprise when Fox decided to double their pleasure and double their fun by having the affable Brit act as master of ceremonies for not one but two summer shows: So You Think You Can Dance and the network’s new celebrity dating experiment, The Choice. Somehow, Deeley managed to find the time to stop by the InsideTV Podcast to answer our burning questions. Jessica Shaw and I grill Deeley on what other reality shows she’d like to host (see the headline for a clue), the celebrity Choice contestant she’d most want to date (again, see the headline), and how she feels about So You Think You Can Dance airing just once a week. We get to the bottom of why Cat wants to shoot her own face off (seriously), and she tells us why people should not take The Choice too seriously.

We also call in EW’s own Dan Snierson to chat about the whoring and hanging going down on Mad Men. Dan was on set of the AMC drama for the pivotal scenes where the firm landed Jaguar and Peggy asked to speak privately with Don to quit, and he tells us how much he did — and did not — know. We also discuss the future of Don and Megan as well as when we may see Peggy again as we look ahead to Mad Men’s season finale on Sunday night. READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance' premieres tonight: Host Cat Deeley previews season 9

It’s a year of change for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, which premieres tonight with a two-hour episode that chronicles auditions in New York and Dallas. The biggest difference in the show’s ninth (!) season is that there will only be one installment per week. That is, the “results hour” — historically airing on Thursday evenings — has been jettisoned completely, with just a Wednesday night episode every week, even during the early audition rounds.

Host Cat Deeley says the change is for the better. “I always felt a bit like, Oh, God, how much further can I drag this out?” she says, laughing. “We amalgamate the results show into the performance show. Now the audience is going to know who’s in danger at the top of the show. It adds another layer of jeopardy to it. For the audience, that makes it that much more interesting.” Always a ham, Deeley jokes that it’ll be a feat for her to fit what had typically been three hours of television into two. “It’s worth watching,” she says, “just to see if I manage to do it. I’m going to do a bit of a hope and a prayer — and fingers crossed — and keep that thing moving.”

Other changes this year include the fact that one female and one male dancer will be crowned winner; and after the pool is whittled down to the Top 10, each finalist will be joined by a SYTYCD all-star dancer, each of whom is an expert in either ballroom, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, or jazz. Before that, like usual, the Top 20 will be paired amongst each other, with two contestants eliminated each week.


Cat Deeley teases 'So You Think You Can Dance' season 9, makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside

Rain has a way of making everything gloomy, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the perennially sunny Cat Deeley or the hundreds of hopeful New Yorkers who auditioned this morning for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.

Deeley and some 500-odd dancers braved the a.m. weather in Manhattan as day 1 of auditions for season 9 (!) of the hit dance competition rolled into New York (the third of five audition locations this year).  The usual characters were of course there – a trio of street-trained hip-hoppers from Boston who quickly befriended each other at the bus station; a timid ballerina who brought her mom (and blanket) for support; a five-time auditioner who swears that this is the year for Broadway. As always, dance battles took center stage in the street, even though the weather didn’t exactly permit (more than once, the unfortunate combination of pirouette-puddle-pavement resulted in a downed dancer).

But the effervescent Cat Deeley didn’t let the gloom get to her. “It’s a bit gray, but that’s okay,” said Deeley inside the Manhattan Center. “The New York personalities just shine straight through. It could be gray and cold, but you literally walk down the line and bam! It hits you. It’s great!” READ FULL STORY

British productions win big at International Emmys

Christopher Eccleston and Julie Walters garnered the main acting awards as British TV productions won five International Emmys, including two for the BBC crime anthology Accused.

Accused, written and created by Jimmy McGovern, received the Emmy for best drama series at the 39th Annual International Emmy Awards ceremony at the Hilton New York Hotel. The anthology tells the stories of people accused of crimes as they sit in holding cells beneath the courtroom awaiting the verdict in their trials.

The ceremony kicked off with a surprise appearance by Lady Gaga, wearing a tattooed-thigh-revealing, floor-length black gown and oversize sunglasses. She presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award to Britain’s Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance' renewed, but who are the judges?

Fox has picked up a ninth season of So You Think You Can Dance but it’s unclear — for now — who will fill out the judges’ panel.

The network has no further information other than to say the show has been a “huge part of our success.” The show will return next summer.

“We are excited to bring the series and an incredible set of new dancers back for another fantastic season,” said Mike Darnell, Fox’s President of Alternative Entertainment, in a statement.  The show ranked No. 1 in its time period among adults 18-49 this summer.


'Idol' producer talks Emmy odds, 'X Factor,' openly gay contestants

Coming off a revived American Idol and another season of So You Think You Can Dance, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has two series and two hosts (Ryan Seacrest and Cat Deeley) nominated for Emmy Awards this year. Idol in particular hopes to break its streak of being nominated for outstanding competition series a record nine times straight without a win. Lythgoe spoke to EW about Emmy odds, how Simon Cowell’s The X Factor will perform, and tackled a rival’s claim that Idol “hides” openly gay contestants.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Idol has been the most popular show on TV for years, and has spawned many imitators, yet has never won the competition Emmy. Is that fair?
NIGEL LYTHGOE: I’m certainly at this point in time not going to moan about the Academy members. I can’t say it’s annoying, but you just hope you’re going to get it. I’m not one of those people who think it’s wonderful to be nominated again, I would like to win it. There’s no question about it.

Do you think Idol can break its streak this year?
I think it’s fair to say if Idol doesn’t win it this year I don’t really ever see it winning. We had such goodwill this year from everybody. The program itself was very strong. It isn’t just about ratings or we would have won it every year. There’s no question Amazing Race is a beautifully produced show. We’re totally different. We’re live the night we do it and make up an entirely new show the next night again. It’s really comparing apples and oranges. But if you look at the actual content from when we first hit air until we closed with our finale with Lady Gaga and Beyonce, it’s remarkable. If it were me, I’d take all that into account.

Obviously the revamp worked, the ratings didn’t miss a beat. Yet some said, “Oh, Idol judges were too nice.”  READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance' winner Melanie Moore on being 'out for blood,' taking on the world of ballroom, and what's next

Less than 24 hours after So You Think You Can Dance frontrunner Melanie Moore received 47 percent of the vote to be named America’s Favorite Dancer, she shared her feelings with EW. “I feel so blessed,” she says. Then in uncharacteristic fashion, the Georgia pixie admitted that she was confident going in to the finale because she was “out for blood.” So what else did Melanie have to say that will surprise you? What was her one complaint about the show, and where does she see herself after the tour (hint: there may be a watermelon coming her way!)? Read Melanie’s interview after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance': Travis Wall predicts the winner and tells us what's next

Travis Wall is sad to report that you will not see him in this week’s So You Think You Can Dance two-part finale.  The Emmy-nominated choreographer, and season 2 SYTYCD runner-up, tells EW, “I was supposed to do the finale, but I had to cancel because I got the movie.” Indeed, Wall is currently in Miami creating contemporary pieces for Step Up 4, starring season 6 contestant, and season 7 and 8 All Star, Kathryn McCormick. “It’s my first movie to choreograph,” he says. “I’m really excited.”

But back to SYTYCD: After getting his first shot on the judges’ panel this year, who does he think should take the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer” this season?  READ FULL STORY

'SYTYCD': Nigel Lythgoe on Lady Gaga, celeb judges, and why 'American Idol' should win an Emmy over 'SYTYCD' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Fans of So You Think You Can Dance know that exec producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe likes to talk, and his exclusive conversation with EW in his trailer before last night’s Top 6 performance show was no exception. The voluble Brit held forth on the controversial decision not to send anyone in the Top 20 home; how the guys continue to fall short of their female competition; why Lady Gaga is at least partially responsible for all the celeb guest judges this season; and why he favors American Idol and Ryan Seacrest over SYTYCD and Cat Deeley at this year’s Emmy Awards. “Having sat there for so many years,” he explains, “just flexing my muscles to get up every time I hear, ‘And the winner is Am…‘ but it’s always ‘Am…azing Race‘ — that is frustrating.” Check out the video below:  READ FULL STORY

'SYTYCD': Cat Deeley talks killer heels, busted fingers, and why Ryan Seacrest deserves an Emmy -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

After last night’s dance-packed episode of So You Think You Can Dance, one can understand why host Cat Deeley would want to kick back in her dressing room in a pair of cut-off jeans and her bare feet — especially after getting a look at the pair of four-inch heels she had to wear for the two-hour episode. In an exclusive backstage interview, Deeley also explained how Season 4 SYTYCD winner Joshua Allen caused her a “war wound”; demonstrated her unnerving Mary Murphy impression; and expounded on why she thinks fellow best Reality TV Host nominee Ryan Seacrest deserves to win an Emmy over her: “He has held together the biggest TV show on the planet.” Check out the video below:  READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance' alum Alex Wong on his latest injury: 'I really want to dance again.'

Last year, when So You Think You Can Dance season 7 contestant Alex Wong had to drop out of the competition due to a ruptured Achilles tendon on his right leg, that long wail you may have heard was SYTYCD fans everywhere expressing their grief over the loss of one of the show’s very best dancers ever. (There’s a reason he was known as “Alex Freaking Wong.”) Dance fiends at least took comfort in knowing that Alex would likely return this season to perform as an All Star. But then exec producer Nigel Lythgoe announced two weeks ago that Alex had ruptured his Achilles tendon on his left leg and would not be able to return, and all hope drained away from the world. Okay, not really, but it was such a shocking, unfortunate development, we phoned up Alex to see how he’s handling the injury, what the future holds for him, and why he kept on dancing after his Achilles had blown. 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So how are you doing?
ALEX WONG: [Chuckles] I’m good, as good as I could be with a ruptured Achilles, a second time in a row. [Laughs] READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance' host Cat Deeley talks first Emmy nomination -- and celebratory conga line?

“I know I should pretend to be a lot cooler than I am, but inside there’s a screaming teenage girl just dying to get out,” Cat Deeley tells EW. The feeling is mutual. The host of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance earned her first Emmy nomination after years of being snubbed (something fans — and EW — have been lamenting since the category was introduced in 2008). “‘Ohmygod, you’ve done it!'” she says her publicist told her on the phone this morning. “I’ve got a couple of friends staying with me at the moment, so everyone was there in pajamas with giant hair and slightly sleepy eyes but completely delighted and sharing in the glee of it all,” Deeley says. “It was a fun morning. Because I style myself for the show, I had to literally throw everything into a bag and then come to the show. It’s been very hectic, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else to celebrate it really.”

Having a show tonight — during which we’ll find out Season 8’s Top 10 dancers and their new all-star partners — does present one problem. READ FULL STORY

Megan Mullally will be guest judge on this week's 'So You Think You Can Dance'

megan-mullallyImage Credit: Kevin Parry/WireImageEmmy-winning actress Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) will be the guest judge on this week’s episodes of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (Wed. and Thurs. at 8 p.m. ET/PT), joining permanent judges Nigel Lythgoe (also the show’s exec producer) and Mary Murphy. A longtime fan of the dance competition show — this reporter saw her in the audience of the Season 2 finale — Mullally has also starred in three big Broadway musicals: Grease in 1994 with Rosie O’Donnell, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 1995 with Matthew Broderick, and Young Frankenstein in 2007 with Roger Bart.

Last year, So You Think You Can Dance featured three permanent judges (Lythgoe, choreographer Mia Michaels, and director Adam Shankman), but this season it is returning to its longstanding format of featuring two permanent judges with a rotating guest judge.

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Read more:
‘SYTYCD’ host Cat Deeley on Mary Murphy’s return: ‘I’m just delighted the Hot Tamale Train is rolling back!’
‘SYTYCD': Mary Murphy on returning to the judges chair, and the cancer scare that almost took her voice
EW’s ‘SYTYCD’ recaps


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