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Tv's Hot List: Thursday, May 28, 2009 - Featured

*National Spelling Bee 8 pm/ET ABC Times have changed, and so have the winning words in this entertaining event. Hard-to-spell, but at least understandable, championship-deciding words from the past have included "gladiolus" (1925); "condominium" (1956); "chihuahua" (1967) and "luge" (1984). But starting about 15 years ago, the competition heated up, with winners having to clinch with words like "antediluvian," "succedaneum" and "appoggiatura." It's gotten tougher being a kid. - Dave Roeder * So You Think You Can Dance 8 pm/ET Fox No one doubts the pressure put on these dancers in the later rounds, but don't discount the strain they feel when they're just trying to make it out of the audition stage, as they are in these tryouts in Los Angeles and Seattle. And while there are some who have every right to be confident about their status, the rest will have to give it everything they've got to make it to next week's callbacks in Las Vegas. - Joe Friedrich *I'm Fat Again: A Best Life Special 8 pm/ET Discovery Health A few days ago we celebrated Memorial Day weekend, which marks the unofficial start of summer - and the kickoff to bathing-suit season! Fear not, yo-yo dieters: Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer Bob Greene takes over the tube to show you how to win the battle of the bulge. - Michael Chant * The Real Housewives of New York City ': The Lost Footage 9 pm/ET Bravo The cable net cores through more plump and juicy Big Apple dramas featuring housewives Alex, Bethenny, Jill, LuAnn, Ramona and Kelly. Apparently the stormy two-part reunion edition two weeks ago wasn't enough because here they are again - our well-tended ladies from New York City returning in socialite highlights, extended scenes and previously unseen footage from the sudsy series' second season. - Dean Maurer *The Oprah Effect 9 pm/ET CNBC Here's one secret to success: appear on Oprah Winfrey's popular talk show. Whether it's a multitude of books, Garrett's popcorn or the "slimming intimates" known as Spanx, a simple turn beside - or a mere mention from the daytime queen can boost the bottom line like nobody else. But how does one get on the show to start with? CNBC's Carl Quintanilla finds out. - Jeff Gemmill

Ratings Highlights for Idol, Criminal Minds, Dance and More - Featured

Recapping some Nielsen numbers from recent days, including some very big finales and the premiere of the summer's hottest reality competition: Wednesday * The American Idol finale played to a crowd of 27.7 million total viewers, hitting a high of 32.55 mil as Kris got crowned. That audience marks a 9 percent dip from last year, and the show's second-smallest finale draw ever, besting only Kelly Clarkson's Season 1 coronation (which aired during the summer). * Criminal Minds closed its season with an audience of 13.79 mil, up 785K from its previous finale. Thursday * So You Think You Can Dance kicked off its new cycle with 8.78 million viewers, up 175K from its previous opener. * Ugly Betty bowed out before 6.27 mil, plunging 28 percent from last year's finale. Friday night, here we come! * Southland copped 6.4 mil for its freshman finale, up 38 percent versus last week's fantastically competitive slate. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, May 21, 2009 - Featured

* So You Think You Can Dance (8 pm/ET Fox) ABC's Dancing with the Stars may have ended Tuesday, but that doesn't mean the connection for your terpsichorean fix has dried up. That's because it's time for the fifth season of So You Think You Can Dance, and tonight's premiere, as well as two-hour shows next Wednesday and Thursday (8 pm/ET), will showcase auditions in Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Denver, Seattle and Memphis. * Man-Made (8 pm/ET National Geographic Channel) For good reason, car safety is a top priority for many car buyers, so auto manufacturers are constantly working to make their vehicles safer. This hour goes inside high-tech crash labs to see how they do that. Highlights include a look at ultra-advanced - and surprisingly lifelike - crash-test dummies, and an interview with an extremely brave (or insane) man who, with 852 crashes under his belt, holds the world record for "most human-subject crash tests." * Ugly Betty (8 pm/ET ABC) No disrespect to Molly, who collapsed in the bathroom last week right before her honeymoon, but when the guest stars for tonight's two-hour, third-season finale include Billie Jean King, Rachel Maddow and Christopher Gorham (Henry's back in town!), um, let's just hope Daniel's new bride is OK. In other news, Wilhelmina hits up Matt's scheming mother for information about Claire's connection to Cal, and Marc and Betty hope their YETI profiles pay off when an editing job opens up at Mode. * Southern Belles: Louisville (10 pm/ET SOAPnet) This new reality series is a sort of prequel to Real Housewives, as it focuses on a group of five single women (although one is twice-divorced). These Kentucky gals are at crossroads in their lives when it comes to careers and romances. Julie is a model worried about her career and her clicking biological clock, Shea is planning her wedding to a man who has yet to propose to her, and divorce Kellie is starting a matchmaking business. Get to know them and their pals as they're introduced in tonight's premiere. * Southland (10 pm/ET NBC) The first season of the cop drama wraps up, and the good news is that the show will be back for a second. After weeks of run-ins with the city's thugs, L.A.'s finest discover a dead gang member in the trunk of a car tonight. And Lydia (Regina King) finds the line between her professional and personal life further blurred when Bryant (Shawn Hatosy) convinces her to take in Janilla (Carla Jeffrey). Source Here

FOX Announces Fall Schedule - Featured

Curious when your favorite shows will be airing come this Fall? All week long, networks are having upfront presentations, where they officially announce series renewals, pickups, cancellations and scheduling. Today, Fox held their upfront presentation. They have announced their Fall schedule as the following (which is still subject to change): Sunday 8:00-8:30 PM - The Simpsons 8:30-9:00 PM - The Cleveland Show 9:00-9:30 PM - Family Guy 9:30-10:00 PM - American Dad! Monday 8:00-9:00 PM - House 9:00-10:00 PM - Lie to Me Tuesday 8:00-10:00 PM - So You Think You Can Dance Wednesday 8:00-9:00 PM - So You Think You Can Dance (results show) 9:00-10:00 PM - Glee Thursday 8:00-9:00 PM - Bones 9:00-10:00 PM - Fringe Friday 8:00-8:30 PM - Brothers 8:30-9:00 PM - 'Til Death 9:00-10:00 PM - Dollhouse Saturday 8:00-8:30 PM - Cops 8:30-9:00 PM - Cops 9:00-10:00 PM - America's Most Wanted 11:00 PM-Midnight - The Wanda Sykes Show (working title) Perhaps the biggest surprise is that the network has decided to run a Fall cycle of So You Think You Can Dance . Also notable: Fringe is on the move to Thursdays and super buzzed about new series Glee will settle in on Wednesdays at 9PM. Of course, we are all thrilled that Dollhouse has been renewed. It will remain in its Friday night home. As we reported earlier today, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been officially canceled. As expected, Sit Down, Shut Up has also been officially axed. FOX has also ordered a handful of news series that they are waiting to premiere until Spring including Human Target , Sons of Tucson (starring Reaper 's Tyler Labine) and Past Life . Watch previews for the new shows over at E!Online: Watch Previews of Fox's New Fall Pilots What part of the FOX Fall schedule are you most excited about? How do you feel about the Fall season of SYTYCD? Which new series look promising? Source Other Fall TV News ABC Announces Fall Schedule NBC Announces Fall Schedule CW Picks Up Melrose, Vampire Diaries, Beautiful Life Cancellation Buzz: Earl, Unit, Without a Trace, Privileged Dead; Medium on the Move Cancellation Buzz: Terminator, Unusuals, Samantha All Dead

'Dance' Star Brings Payne to 'Fame

She didn't win on FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance," but Kherington Payne is ready for a brush with big screen "Fame." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Payne is one of nine actors who have signed on for MGM's remake of the 1980 musical classic "Fame." Written by Aline Brosh McKenna and Allison Burnett, "Fame" will cover ground similar to the Alan Parker directed original. Expect dancing, singing and tears as a year plays out at New York's High School for the Performing Arts. Joining Payne in the cast are Kristy Flores, Paul Iacono, Paul McGill, Naturi Naughton, Kay Panabaker, Collins Pennie, Walter Perez and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle. "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" star Thomas Dekker is also in negotiations for another lead, singer Marco. The adult roles are still being cast. Original star Debbie Allen may have a cameo. MGM hopes to have "Fame" in production by late November for a Sept. 25, 2009 release date. Payne, one half of the popular Twitchington partnership on the summer's "So You Think You Can Dance," will play Alice, a ballerina. Read more: 'Dance' Star Brings Payne to 'Fame' | TV Week Magazine -

Rihanna in Sexy Jeans Chilling With Friends in SOHO

Rihanna was spotted in New York's SOHO district yesterday (April 3) partying it up with some friends during a night out on the town. She was dressed casually in jeans that hugged her curvy hips perfectly and... See the pics at Putu.Us

'Hell's Kitchen', 'So You Think You Can Dance' Among FOX's Summer Line-Up

This summer, Fox will make use of the time slot to premiere the new seasons of its reality shows. Apart from the return of " Hell's Kitchen ", the network also lines up " So You Think You Can Dance " to replace " American Idol " on Wednesdays and Thursdays. "Dance", which is accommodated to provide competition to ABC's " Dancing with the Stars ", will return for a fifth season on Thursday, May 21, the night after "Idol" crowns its winner. The dancing show will air two-hour special on both the premiere and on Wednesday, May 27. It will take regular slots at 9/8c on Wednesdays for two hours of performance and Thursdays for a one-hour result show. On May 22, "Don't Forget the Lyrics" which is hosted by Wayne Brady, will be back at 8/7c. It is paired with a new medical drama called "Mental", where an unorthodox doctor Jack Gallagher (Chris Vance) battles with his conservative boss (Annabella Sciorra). Additionally, game show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" will take over on Friday, July 3 at 8/7c followed by the two-hour season premiere of "Hell's Kitchen" on Tuesday, July 21 at 8/7c. The cooking competition will air regularly on Tuesdays at 8/7c. On August 10, the network will telecast Teen Choice Awards. Source here

Christina Aguilera Sizzles in a Leopard Suit

Christina Aguilera and hubby were present to celebrate the 31st birthday of gossip legend Perez Hilton at a party at the Viper Room in West Hollywood. The singer arrived in a sexy leopard suit and fish-net stockings... See the pics at Putu.Us

So You Think You Can Dance Sets 5th Season Premiere For May 21st

5th premiere date set for May, 2009. Click me!

Katy Perry - Bondi Blonde's Style Mansion Party, Feb. 9th

Katy Perry is arriving at the Bondi Blonde's Style Mansion at the Style Mansion International in Beverly Hills on February 9th. Main News Here She's looking very pretty in these photos, and I totally LOVE her hairstyle and the pink spots on her cheeks! Katy is a quirky trendsetter when it comes to her fashion sense. Her dress fits her well and shows off those fine curves. Her eyes look mesmerisingly beautiful.