Of all the reality shows around few truly showcase the best of anything. Too many shows seem to want to show how ridiculous, how disfunctional or how crazy people are. We watch these shows to see for ourselves that no matter how bad our life is, it could be worse.
SYTYCD is unique in that it features absolutely amazingly talented people performing beautifully. Even the audition portion (which in the case of some shows is merely a means to poke fun at those who are delusional) features performers who are for the most part really, really good. Yes, there are the occasional bad dancers who have no business being on the stage but they are the exception.
While I was away the newest season of SYTYCD started. I didn’t realize it until a co-worker (formerly a dancer) mentioned it. I was dismayed to have missed the first two episodes but I figured I could watch them on-line. Fox network did not agree.
Every other network lets you watch the content within days after airing – but not Fox. They have blocked the first two episodes of So You Think You Can Dance for a full month! Why? What is the point of keeping fans from watching the show in real time?
I missed the latest installment of Mr. Selfridge, the Masterpiece Theater show airing on PBS. I had no problem going on-line to watch the show so I’m now caught up. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be able to do? Aren’t we in the age of TV on demand? Aren’t shows supposed to work to our schedule so we are no longer slaves to the network schedule? Why hasn’t someone at the Fox network figured that out?
I love the show too much to ever boycott it but I’m not a fan of the network – at least not when it comes to their attitude toward the fans of SYTYCD.