Sunday, April 21, 2024

Nigel Lythgoe Bounced from “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Manifest” Is Filming, RIP Mitchell Ryan, “General Hospital” Actress Leaves for School


Nigel Lythgoe has been a judge and producer on “So You Think You Can Dance” since 2005. That’s around 220 episodes. But no more Lythgoe posted on Friday that the Fox show is kicking him to the curb.

Lythgoe wrote: “I am so thrilled that America’s young aspiring dance talent will get to work with some of our greatest creative choreographers. On a personally sad note, I have not been asked to be on the judging panel this season. I don’t know who will be saying “Cue Music” but I wish them well…”

Lythgoe is 72 years young, so basically he’s been Bergeroned. (Tom Bergeron was aged off “Dancing with the Stars” for age.) Watch him bounce back big time!

MANIFEST is filming in New York. Fans of the show went ballistic when NBC cancelled it during a cliffhanger. This was to make room for a Law & Order show that never, uh, manifested, called “For the Defense.” Netflix came to the rescue and picked up “Manifest” for two more seasons. If they’re filming now, maybe we’ll see what happened to all those people in the fall…

RIP TV actor Mitchell Ryan, who was so hilariously droll on “Dharma and Greg,” a regular on TV going back to the Fifties, and built a loyal following in soaps like “Dark Shadows” and “Santa Barbara.” He was third billed in Clint Eastwood’s “Magnum Force,” and several other big movies of the mid 70s including “Electric Glide in Blue.” Ryan was zn actor’s actor with a granite jawline and obviously a good sense of humor, he was the kind I wish SAG would feature on their Awards show, Ryan entertained us for 60s years. He died this week at age 88. RIP.

On the younger end of things, a really talented teenish actress, Sydney Mikayla , is leaving her role on “General Hospital.” She’s at UCLA and wants to be there full time. This girl took off like a rocket on the soap, perhaps unintentionally. Now she’s going to wisely get her degree. Then she can act up a storm. But I’d be surprised if she didn’t pick up a couple of jobs along the way. Claire Danes and Jodie Foster are among the successful actors who’ve gone this route, It didn’t hurt them a bit!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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