Tonight’s premieres include dancing, singing, and standing still.

In the dancing department is the return of “So You Think You Can Dance,” in its first non-summer premiere. Personally, I think turning it into a multi-seasonal show ala “Dancing With the Stars” is a mistake. It risks dancing fatigue. There are many reasons “American Idol” has remained a success, but I think one of them is the fact that it only runs one season a year and, indeed, absence can make the heart grow fonder…And familiarity breeds contempt…

Technically, “Glee” premiered last week, even though that pilot episode was a repeat since Fox chose to air the pilot back in the beginning of the summer. A lot of people are excited about the show, but I secretly suspect every one of those people was involved in some kind of performing art in high school. I always found those theater students incredibly hard to take (especially having gone to a high school that was full of ’em). It probably had a lot to do with my intense stage fright and a bit of envy on my part. But really, they were just kind of annoying, and loud, and way too sure of themselves. Which sums up “Glee” quite nicely, come to think of it.

Finally, “America’s Next Top Model” is premiering its Little People season. Yes, this time around, all the models on the show will be 5’7″ or shorter. Which I think is kind of hilarious, and a slap in the face to any girl who ever deemed her 5’7″ height as “tall.” Ultimately, I don’t really see the point in this gimmick, since there doesn’t seem to be a real market for short models. And don’t give me that “Kate Moss” bullshit. ONE short supermodel does not a market nor trend make. Expect a lot of, “You need to make your neck look longer, because you are short;” and, “You need to extend your legs as long as possible, because you are short;” and, “You need to learn not to pose next to trees, buildings, or landmarks, because you are short” criticism from the (PAULINA-FREE!) panel.

“So You Think You Can Dance” premieres at 8 P.M. and “Glee” at 9 P.M., both on Fox. The “America’s Next Top Model” two-hour premiere starts at 8 P.M. on the CW.

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Rain Jokinen watches a lot of television and movies and then writes things about them on the Internet. She's a San Francisco native, and yeah, she'll rub that fact in your face any chance she gets.

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