What to Watch Tonight: So You Think You Can Dance, Duets, and Awake


What to watch on Thursday, May 24...

Thursdays used to be positively stacked with must-watch items, but those days are mostly over now. Don't fret, though! Take consolation in the fact that today is STILL Thursday, a.k.a. the BEST day. And look what's coming: a three-day weekend! So yeah. Let's just appreciate what we've got:

SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, ABC
Duets
Singing competitions are all the rage again suddenly, despite the fact that American Idol's been doing it (and increasingly faltering at it) for the past eleven years. THIS one, however, pairs professional singers like Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, and Robin Thicke with amateur partners with whom they'll sing. Tune in for the awkward side-eye glances the contestants will inevitably be receiving from their more experienced partners!

SEASON 9 PREMIERE, 8pm, Fox
So You Think You Can Dance
Based on its admittedly crappy name and the fact that it's been on for EIGHT seasons already, it's understandable why non-viewers might chalk this show up to being some crass, terrible reality show sucking the budgetary dollars from the mouths of deserving scripted dramas. But they are wrong! This show is kind of the best. Honestly, for me this show is a summer EVENT and it's way more thrilling, impressive, and celebratory than American Idol. Tonight kicks off the audition rounds, which are admittedly pretty padded out and emotionally manipulative ("Learn this contestant's tragic back story! Now watch them not make the cut!"). But still, might as well tune in and see what the citizens of Dallas and New York brought to their auditions.

SERIES FINALE, 10pm, NBC
Awake
Awake waves goodbye forever tonight (NBC opted not to renew it) with the second half of its season finale, "Turtles All the Way Down." In it, Britten will finally face off against the conspirators behind his split reality and come to realize that BOTH versions of his family are in jeopardy. Afterward, let's just hope that the waterslide park is operational in both of his realities, you know? Take TWO vacations, guy.

SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, TBS
Men at Work
TBS unveils its newest original sitcom tonight as Men at Work tells the tale of four friends who work at a magazine together. In the pilot we'll meet a Milo, a man attempting to get over a break-up; Neal, a dude who tries to get his girlfriend into "dirty talk"; and Gibbs, a guy who somehow gets into trouble with his friend Tyler's maid. Bro-nanigans, basically!

SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 10pm, ABC
Rookie Blue
Tonight ABC's summer series with the microscopic yet passionate fanbase finally returns for its third season. "First Day of the Rest of Your Life" involves Andy's return to work following her three-month suspension. Plus William Shatner appears as a drunk driver who may or may not have been involved in a seven-year-old cold case. I had you at "William Shatner," didn't I?

PLUS ALL NEW EPISODES OF...
Geo Bee 2012, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 8 p.m., NatGeo
Mary Mary, 9 p.m., WE
On the Fly, SERIES PREMIERE, 9 p.m., TLC
Selling LA, 9 p.m., HGTV
Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding, 9:30 p.m., Bravo
7 Days of Sex, 10 p.m., Lifetime
Kathy, 10 p.m., Bravo
Punk'd, 10 p.m., MTV
Tattoo School, SERIES PREMIERE, 10 p.m., TLC
The Pauly D Project, 10:30 p.m., MTV
The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet, 11 p.m., Lifetime
Eagleheart, 12 a.m., Cartoon Network

LATE-NITE PICKS:
Alfred Molina on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS
Beth Ditto & Adam Lambert on Watch What Happens: Live, 11 p.m., Bravo
Charlize Theron on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 12 a.m., ABC
Glenn Close on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:34 p.m., NBC
Harvey Weinstein on Last Call with Carson Daly, 1:36 a.m., NBC
Josh Brolin & Alison Brie on Conan, 11 p.m., TBS
Malin Akerman on Chelsea Lately, 11 p.m., E!
Will Smith & Bill Paxton on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37 a.m., NBC

 

What are you watching tonight?

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Conan
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Awake,, WHAT A FINALE !
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Rookie Blue , Awake
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Just watched the finale for Awake, that might just be the most epic finale I've ever seen! Blew my mind! To bad it got canceled, although I have no idea were they would have taken season 2.



Stop watching singing, dancing, cooking, house remodeling, reality shows in general and overall shitty shows.
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I saw it yesterday. It was really great. Especially to have some kind of closure for the show. I have some ideas where they might have gone from there but we will probably never find out...
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Awake, Craig Ferguson.



William Shatner on a cop show on ABC, is this TJ Hooker: The Next Generation?
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yes for Awake, and HELL YEAH for Craig Ferguson
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Awake
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As for the late-nite picks I'd like to watch Craig Ferguson, Malin Akerman on Chelsea Lately and Will Smith & Bill Paxton on Late Night but some people have to get up and go to work in the morning :/
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Two of my summer VIPs (very important programs) debut tonight! Will be watching SYTYCD and Rookie Blue
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ROOKIE BLUE!!!!!!!!!! and maybe So You Think You Can Dance. I really like Awake but knowing it's been canceled I don't want to watch the finale because that just makes me sad.... And there's probably going to be a cliffhanger and so many questions that we will never get the answers to so what's the point. I'm just gona mourn the loss of it along with the loss of The Secret Circle, Breakout Kings, GCB and lots of other good shows. May they all rest in peace...
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SYTYCD all summer!!!!

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YES!!
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Too bad they cut off the result show.
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Rookie Blue...love this show...anybody that hasent seen it..check it out...

Braves vs Reds
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I hate later May early June, and all Holidays including Christmas, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, and New Years. Why? Because all of my favorite shows take a break and don't air during these times which is major catastrophe. Why don't they air during these times? Its not like these shows aren't prerecorded. It is just stupid that these shows don't air on back to back weeks until they are completed. Network execs are the stupidest humans on the planet.
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sytycd was fantastic last season with Melanie and Sasha
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HUZZAH!
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Indeed! I am hoping this season will be as good although how it could top last season I dont know
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SYTYCD!!!!!!
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WOOHOO!
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More Veronica Mars re-watching i reckon
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Awake. Then sleep.
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Kathy
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Will be interesting to see if Rookie Blue gets a ratings bump from Duets. I would imagine it will.
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ROOKIE BLUE & Craigy Ferg.

That is all.
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SYTYCD!!! Finally is back, YAY!!

Awake & Rookie Blue

Sadly, there's nothing for my husband, since he stopped watching Awake when we found out that it wasn't gonna be renewed; in his words, to keep watching was like cheering up for a marathon runner knowing that a guillotine was waiting for him at the finish line. Just to painful.
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SYTYCD - YAY!
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To the person who failed at writing the article, "Rookie Blue" is a Canadian show, produced by Shaw Media, Canwest. ABC shows it in the states. Next time do some real research so you don't look like a complete tool, although it's already too late for that!
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what on earth are you going on about? In the US (and hey, TV.com is a US site) the show *airs* on ABC. Who gives a $#!+ what company produces it (which you got wrong BTW). Way to fail, dude.
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Price Peterson constantly fails.

Don't take it personally.
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CanWest Global and ABC are distributors...not producers. The show is produced by Thump and E1 Entertainment according to IMDB. This is a US site for US audiences watching on US networks. So we talk about US distributors, not Canadian and not Norwegian. If Global canceled it and ABC wanted to pay for it, Thump and E1 would probably keep making it because they make it, not Global. It's no more Global's show than it is ABC's, it's Thump/E1 if you are tracking back that far, but no one does. We track it to where we can WATCH it. US audiences watch on ABC.
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What gets me, is that he is supposed to be a "professional", although I use that term lightly as can be evidenced by all his failures!
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Price Peterson is awesome. Back off!



And saying the Canadian show that ABC airs is ridiculous. We usually refer to the airing network as "owners" of the show not the actual production company because we can't tune into a production company to watch it. We SEE the show on ABC.
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"Rookie Blue: Tonight ABC's summer series (...) finally returns for its third season."

All it says is that IT WILL AIR TONIGHT ON ABC...

(It is a series which ABC airs in the summer.)



He never wrote that the show was theirs, or that they were the producers, or that i was an ABC's show.



It would be more moronic and unprofessional if he wrote "the show airs tonight on Global in Canada and TV Norge in Norway."



It looks like some people just look for excuses to justify their inner hate.
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Well, it airs on Global in Canada, it was greenlit by Global and Global has the right to renew or cancel it ergo it's a Global show. It's shown on the Universal channel in 20something countries. Doesn't make it an NBC universal show. Think i saw it on TV Norge in Norway does that make it a TV Norge show? Don't think so. Moron!
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Rookie Blue and Punk'd
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SYTYCD and maybe Duets..
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Just Awake...

@saveawake !!
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ROOKIE BLUE! AWESOME!



Also Awake and Alison Brie on Conan
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ROOKIE BLUE! This Thursday is almost as good as a Caroline-Thursday!
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I've never even heard of this!
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Just Awake and Craig Ferguson.
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SYTYCD, Awake, Rookie Blue
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SYTYCD is finally back! Yay!
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Yay!!
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Rookie Blue
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Oh Awake! Somebody please pick it up...
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Awake, Rookie Blue. So disappointed that Awake won't be back......
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Series finale of Awake ...



Something is very wrong with that sentence.
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Men at Work for me. That's it!
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Eagleheart and maybe Kathy (playing in the background while multi-tasking because I'm losing interest).
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Person of Interest (rerun), Awake, Rookie Blue (online or on its Sunday repeat), maybe Men at Work, various reruns...
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Nada.
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