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“So You Think You Can Dance” is returning for season 14 to the 18-30 age group with an old friend of the show’s back in the mix: Mary Murphy.

“We’re putting people on the Hot Tamale Train!” an exuberant Nigel Lythgoe commented on my radio show last Friday. The show’s co-creator and judge called from Los Angeles in what is now seemingly an annual tradition after the competition’s renewal. “I’ve got to say, I’ve supported Mary. I’ve got a great chemistry with Mary that I love. She can beat me up and hurt me and I can be rude to her, and that’s all part of the fun of the show.”

Both Lythgoe and Murphy were in Brooklyn earlier this month for auditions alongside Vanessa Hudgens, the former Disney star who as of late saw herself star both on Broadway and in “Grease: Live”.

“She’s just the triple-threat,” gushed Lythgoe about Hudgens. “They can act, they can sing, they can dance. Therefore for a start, they recognize the amount of work that goes in to being a great performer, and number two the talent that is required.”

The former “American Idol” producer was pleased with the talent he saw in Brooklyn, going as far as to make a rather bold prediction.

“I would suggest, and I’m not going to name names, that one of the kids we saw there is going to be the overall winner,” Lythgoe said. “There was a young man there that was outstanding.”

There have only been two other contestants that made Lythgoe feel that way: Carrie Underwood and Season 11 “Dance” winner Ricky Ubeda. Not a bad group to join.

The latest installment of the Fox competition “So You Think You Can Dance” has taken co-creator and judge Nigel Lythgoe a bit by surprise.

“I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it as much as usual,” the former “American Idol” producer told me over the phone, calling in from Los Angeles. “We were asked by Fox to do a sort of junior version of it and I thought, ‘Oh, well I’m not sure how good these kids are gonna be.’

“I am absolutely delighted with the talent that we’ve seen. It is a new crop of dancers; they’re sort of 8 to 13 and they are just incredible.”
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The show is now in its 13th season. Lythgoe, along with judges Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo all return. With the spin on the age of the dancers, a fourth judge in 13 year-old Maddie Ziegler is also on the panel.

“She is a very talented girl and obviously a muse for Sia,” Lythgoe said of Ziegler, who hails from Pittsburgh. “We thought (that) if we’re going to have a panel of judges for these kids we should have like the kid sister (Ziegler), the older brother in Jason, the aunty in Paula and the granddaddy in me!”

“SYTYCD” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Actor and former NFL star Terry Crews called in to “Ralphie Tonight” to chat about a new TV show he’s hosting called, “World’s Funniest Fails.” The program premiered on FOX and features the web’s grandest “fail” videos, presented by a panel of comedians. Crews gets final say (of course he does, who is going to argue with him?) on which is the biggest fail of the week.

At the FOX TV TCA Fall Radio Junket, “Dads” stars Seth Green and Peter Riegert spoke with “The Ralphie Show” about the new comedy that highlights the sometimes tumultuous relationship between a father and son.

“Dads” premieres September 17 at 8 on FOX.

Andy Samberg is back on your TV screen every week this fall, just on a new night with a different network. The “Saturday Night Live” alumnus stars in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a comedy about a group of detectives in a New York precinct. The sitcom premieres September 17 at 8pm on Fox.

“We’ve had meetings with ex-detectives and former cops and stuff to make sure that we’re not doing anything that could be deemed disrespectful to law enforcement,” Samberg revealed to “The Ralphie Show.” “The show’s not really in it to make fun of that aspect of it. (The show is) courteous of the actual job but it’s also… what we’ve been told is kind of honest to the fact that there’s a lot of down time and a lot of silliness going on behind the scenes as well.”

The latter is plentiful in the show as a motley group of law enforcement officials attempt to solve murders and other crimes in the borough. Samberg explained what he enjoys about Brooklyn.

“Certainly all of the style, and the food, and the people,” he said before adding, “the Hassids.” “What’s not to love?”

Brooklyn will also play home this fall to Justin Timberlake’s solo tour, which stops at Barclays Center in November. Will Samberg make a cameo with his The Lonely Island collaborator?

“Oh my goodness, that would be the best,” the comedian said. “I’m gonna guess no.”

At the FOX TV TCA Fall Radio Junket, “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Mary Murphy chatted with “The Ralphie Show” about the season 10 and the celebrity judges.

“So You Think You Can Dance” airs Tuesday at 8 PM on FOX.

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While most of the departing “American Idol” cast received proper sendoffs on national television – it appears that one person was left in the dust. TMZ’s Nicki Fertile explained…

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