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

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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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