May 30: So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation
SYTYCD has always been among TV’s best reality-competition shows, showcasing brilliant dancers and choreographers and giving us a weekly dose of Cat Deeley and her never-fail outfits. The show is doing something a little different with its 13th season, featuring wee dancers ages 8-13; the final ten will each be paired with a SYTYCD alum to learn different styles of dance. Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul, and Jason Derulo will return to judge the young’uns — along with 13-year-old Maddie Ziegler, the Dance Moms Miami star famous for appearing in Sia’s “Chandelier” video.
May 31: AMC serves up Feed the Beast [Ed. note: the premiere date has been moved to June 5]
Let the Schwimmerenaissance commence! Hot off the heels of his juicy role in The People v. OJ Simpson, David Schwimmer stars alongside Jim Sturgess in this new AMC drama about two besties from the Bronx living their dream of opening a restaurant. Feed the Beast is based on a Danish series, Bankerot, which bodes well — from the original versions of The Bridge and The Killing to the political drama Borgen, the Danes have a track record of making quality TV.
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May 31: Maya & Marty and a mini-SNL
If you were watching the SNL40 anniversary special last year, you were watching the unofficial pilot for Maya & Marty, NBC’s new variety show starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short. The comedians were paired up for a skit during the 40th anniversary show, apparently to test out their chemistry — an appropriate start, since the new show will also be taped live at 30 Rock, and will also feature a parade of guest stars. SNL’s had a lackluster few years, so here’s hoping Maya & Marty will fill the live-comedy void.