“So You Think You Can Dance”
Thursday 8pm, Fox
After last fall’s lackluster experiment, the summer dance contest is shaking things up. First, there will no longer be a Top 20 competing for viewer votes—there will only be a Top 10, and only one dancer will leave per week. The contestants will be partnered with a rotating crew of “all-star” dancers from past seasons, notably season 3’s Pasha, Lauren and Neil, season 4’s Courtney, Twitch and Mark, and season 6 finalist Kathryn. As for the judges, Nigel Lythgoe will stay on board along with Broadway expert Adam Shankman, but the shrieking queen of ballroom, Mary Murphy, will no longer have a permanent seat on the panel. The good news? Contemporary dance genius Mia Michaels is back! Let’s hope we get a more exciting group of contestants than we’ve had the past two seasons.
“The Special Relationship”
Saturday 9pm, HBO
The third film in screenwriter Peter Morgan’s “Blair trilogy” debuts tonight on HBO. The Special Relationship follows 2003’s The Deal and 2006’s The Queen, which netted an Oscar for Helen Mirren for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II. This flick—directed by Richard Loncraine—explores the relationship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair (played by Michael Sheen) and United States President Bill Clinton (a virtually unrecognizable Dennis Quaid) between 1994 and 1998. The name Lewinsky popped up quite a bit during that time frame, and rather than finding an actress to play the role, the producers decided to go with archival footage of the notorious cigar aficionado. Hope Davis plays Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It”
Monday 10pm, VH1
The past few years have been the best and worst of times for former Poison frontman Bret Michaels. He reignited his flagging career by embracing reality TV with the “Rock of Love” shows, and somehow managed to escape three seasons of warring hussies with his dignity (and wig) mostly intact. He went on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” and made it all the way to the finals. He recorded a controversial duet with Miley Cyrus. And then he had a major brain hemorrhage last month that nearly killed him. Bret’s on the road to recovery now, and that means another reality show—this one a documentary of his life, his kids, his relationship with their mom, etc. The preview airs tonight before the show officially bows in the fall.