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5 items from 2012

"So You Think You Can Dance" Top 14: The Emancipation of Mia

16 August 2012 6:08 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Today's enigma: So You Think You Can Dance's tribute episode to its most Emmy-dappled choreographer, Mia Michaels, was somehow its dullest of the season. I barely even remember it. And I just saw it. In fact, I'm replaying it. Still having trouble.

What happened exactly? It could be that Michaels' routines, while novel and emotional in their original airing, didn't really need to be seen again. More likely, it's that her routines hinge on dancer vulnerability, and the majority of these hoofers were about as emotional as prison guards played by Kristen Stewart. The material just didn't connect, and neither did the two guest judges Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt (known collectively as Ballet Boyz) who weren't familiar with Michaels' routines, the show's dancers, or even when to speak. Big yikes.

Still, the show hammered us with seven partner routines, and I can even say I loved two of them. »

- virtel

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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: The final 14 perform Mia Michaels' top routines

15 August 2012 7:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Olympics are over, so that means it's time for an all-new, all-live performance/elimination double header of "So You Think You Can Dance"! Cat is wearing Heidi hair to celebrate! Even better, the entire show is dedicated to the work of one choreographer: Mia Michaels. Oh, and four people (two guys, two gals) are going home. Yay. Not. Our judges will be Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and guest judges ballet superstars Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt. Michael and Billy are top ballet dancers who have a show which is not going to be named on "Sytycd" (psst, it's "Chance to Dance" on Ovation, and it debuts on Friday) but is produced »

- Liane Bonin Starr

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'So You Think You Can Dance': Mia Michaels previews tonight's tribute episode to her

15 August 2012 12:15 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

After a two week hiatus, tonight’s Top 14 episode of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance returns and tributes a very special lady: the show’s most prolific choreographer, Mia Michaels. The three-time Emmy winner will be feted for the entire two hours, as the seven pairs of dancers remaining will each perform one of her classic dances from previous seasons — everything from her famous “Bench” dance to “The Butt Piece.”

“They contacted me, and they were like, ‘We have an idea. We want this to happen,’” Michaels tells EW about how the episode came together. “It was quite an honor, »

- Tanner Stransky

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Watch Now: So You Think You Can Dance's Top Five Performances of All Time!

28 June 2012 1:01 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Happy 200 episodes, So You Think You Can Dance! Turns out, a lot of people want to see if you can, in fact, dance. Sytycd judges Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe have a plethora of amazing routines to choose from over the course of nine seasons. And here, we have exclusive video of their picks for the top five numbers ever. (Hint: They only agreed on one!) See if you agree with their take on the best of the best... Nigel Lythgoe's Picks For Sytycd's Best Performances of All Time:   • Travis and Heidi's bench routine choreographed by Mia Michaels   • Danny and Lacey's hot samba choreographed by Dimitry »

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Bunheads: warm up for a new invasion of the swans this summer | Jonathan Bernstein

11 June 2012 11:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ABC Family's Bunheads is the newest addition to dance fever on TV. But don't let the weak beginning fool you

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. These words have never weighed more heavily on me than during the first 10 minutes of ABC Family's new dance-school drama Bunheads.

As irritation gave way to discomfort, I found myself transported back some 12 years to the premiere of Gilmore Girls. You know what was wrong with that first episode? Everything! The cloying closer-than-sisters relationship between hot mom, Lorelai Gilmore and her bookworm daughter, Rory. Their rat-tat-tat rapid-fire, obscure pop-culture reference-packed dialogue. Their idyllic New England small town home with its adorably quirky cast of one-note eccentrics. I squirmed through 10 minutes with the attention span of an angry baby on a plane and then I was done.

But a few years' worth of growing Gilmore love from critics »

- Jonathan Bernstein

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