Night of Premieres

Just a reminder, tonight Randy Jackson’s new reality TV dance show, “America’s Best Dance Crew,” premieres on MTV, 10 p.m. ET (although it looks like it’ll be rebroadcast a bunch of times). Mario Lopez from “Dancing With the Stars” co-hosts and Shane Sparks from “So You Think You Can Dance” is one of the three judges. In this show, whose orientation is mainly toward hip hop, the competition is among several dance teams. But these teams are already formed and have been working together for some time, so it’s not another “Dance War.” For more info go here.

Tonight’s also the premiere of — don’t laugh, I’m honestly kinda excited to see it 🙂 — “Lipstick Jungle,” starring Brooke Shields and based on Candace Bushnell’s book of the same name. That’s on NBC also at 10 p.m. ET.

And finally, if you’re in New York, tonight is the premiere of the last ballet Christopher Wheeldon will choreograph for the New York City Ballet in his job as resident choreographer of that company. After this season he will leave his post (possibly to be replaced by the Bolshoi’s Alexei Ratmansky), to concentrate on his own company, Morphoses. That’s at the State Theater at 8 p.m.

Happy night!

Oh, and also, speaking of ballet, look at these gorgeous pictures by Patricio Melo of Ballet de Santiago’s “Swan Lake”! Wow!


  1. Speaking of Dance War, what are you thinking now that we’re a few weeks in? I’m puzzled by it. I don’t understand why America keeps voting for Carrie Ann, but that may just be because I can’t stand her. I also don’t understand why the prize on a show called “Dance War” is a recording contract. What’s next, they will make the kids on AI do a Kenny Ortega routine? Snicker…actually, that’s not a half bad idea, lol! Are they ONLY dancing on the Randy Jackson show?

  2. Um. yeah, Alexei Ratmansky) REAAAAAALLLLY needs to choreograph something for NYCB. That would be amazing.

  3. I know, Sharon! LOL 🙂 (By the way, I didn’t write about Dance War yet here because I thought my Huffington Post column would be up and I could write about it there, but I think it got delayed because of Super Tuesday…) I don’t know why the prize is a recording contract, but funny, huh! Maybe they realized the contestants were not really going to go anywhere dance-wise, so it didn’t make sense to give a dance prize… Yes, they’re only dancing on the MTV show!

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