Tonight, it’s the PREMIERE of So You Think You Can Dance! Join Sir Mac as he live blogs 8/7c PM FOX. The Bachelorette continues tonight, as Kaitlyn continues her quest for a husband 8/7c pm ABC. RuPaul’s Drag Race crowns a winner 9 pm LOGO.
Nashville Season 4: Eric Close Won’t Return as a Series Regular – Nashville‘s Eric Close, whose character was taken away in handcuffs at the end of the ABC drama’s third season, will not be a series regular in Season 4, TVLine has learned exclusively. ABC declined to comment, but we’re hearing Close’s status change is part of a larger creative effort to place the focus of the show squarely on the music business. – Read more at TVLine
‘Idol’ Nick Fradiani’s crazy journey ahead – In the studio: And after the tour, there’s an album to make. Fradiani doesn’t exactly have a release date nailed down — “We’re going to do some more singles after that, two or so,” he said — but he’s in no hurry. “We don’t want to rush it, you know? We want to make sure we have the best songs, and whenever that happens, that’s when we’ll put it out.” – Read more at USAToday
A Gloriously Wacky Day with Paula Abdul, the Savior of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ – Specifically, Paula Abdul is being a hot mess. This is not a dig at the venerable pop star turned reality TV judge, so famously of sleepy tongue and meandering thought. This is an homage to her, her brand, her—to use a word she employs a half-dozen times in two hours—“authenticity,” and, ultimately, her intelligence. Together, these are things that could perhaps revitalize television’s best, sadly ratings-starved talent competition as it enters its 12th season. – Read more at The Daily Beast
‘Dance’ contestants leap to other roles – Season 4 runner-up Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who has a weekly gig on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and will appear in July in Magic Mike XXL, credits the series with putting dance at the entertainment forefront, instead of in the background, and raising the profiles of dancers and choreographers. “You get a chance to see and hear what the dancers think, how they feel. With each different style, you get a peek into their personalities. It helps you fall in love with them,” says Boss, who will serve as mentor on Dance this season. “That love continues and you wonder where they are throughout their career. The casting directors also have an eye for those things.” – Read more at USAToday
Survivor’s 15th anniversary: Mark Burnett on the show that changed TV – 51.7 million people watched Richard Hatch defeat Kelly Wiglesworth to take home that million-dollar prize. (He later went to prison for not paying taxes on his winnings, while she will be playing again on next season’s Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance.) In honor of the 15th anniversary of Survivor’s debut, we chatted with the man who made it all happen, executive producer Mark Burnett, to get his memories of that transformative summer as well as his thoughts on how long the show might go on. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly
BlackBerry and Ryan Seacrest’s Typo Reach Settlement – BlackBerry has reached a settlement with Typo, a maker of iPhone keyboards co-founded by “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest, which the smartphone maker had accused of ripping off its design. Typo Products LLC will be banned from selling keyboards for mobile devices with a screen size that’s less than 7.9 inches, essentially knocking them out of the iPhone market as the largest model of the Apple phone has a height of 6.22 inches. – Read more at The Associated Press
Nick Fradiani, Cassadee Pope and Raelynn
American Idol winner, Nick Fradiani, The Voice 3 champ, Cassadee Pope and The Voice alum, Raelynn come together! What do they have in common? All three are on the Big Machine Records roster, led by Idol mentor, Scott Borchetta.
— Nick Fradiani (@nickfradiani) June 1, 2015