Did you really think FOX was going to let its dance-reality show go after all those Emmy nominations? And is there any way to reduce the presence of Gordon Ramsay on television?

Of course not.

Renewal was always likely for So You Think You Can Dance, and today FOX confirmed that the competition show will return for season 9 in 2012.

In the official statement from FOX, President of Alternative Entertainment Mike Darnell said, “For the past eight seasons, So You Think You Can Dance has been a huge part of our success. We are excited to bring the series and an incredible set of new dancers back for another fantastic season.

The FOX press release on the So You Think You Can Dance season 9 pick-up did not give a premiere date for the new season and merely noted that information on the new season’s auditions (typically conducted weeks and months before the premiere airdate) would be announced soon.

Although no longer the ratings juggernaut that it once was, So You Think You Can Dance still pulls in respectable ratings for a FOX summer show and ranked number 1 in its time period for adults between 18 and 49. The show also managed to receive a series-record eight Emmy nominations in 2011 — including nominations for Outstanding Reality Host and Outstanding Reality-Competition Program — plus wins for Outstanding Choreography (for Mia Michaels and for Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo) and for Outstanding Lighting.

So of course So You Think You Can Dance was coming back.

Masterchef, meanwhile, will return for season 3. The culinary competition show, starring Gordon Ramsay, will yet again pluck amateur cooks from obscurity and turn them into much-bullied professional chefs.

As with So You Think You Can Dance, no official date is set for the premiere of Masterchef. Casting calls will begin on October 29 in Los Angeles and will continue in multiple cities (including Miami, Austin, Chicago, Seattle, New York and San Francisco) through early December.

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Laurel Brown

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

Laurel grew up in Mamaroneck, NY, Grosse Pointe, MI and Bellevue WA. She then went on to live in places like Boston, Tucson, Houston, Wales, Tanzania, Prince Edward Island and New York City before heading back to Seattle. Ever since early childhood, when she became addicted to The Muppet Show, Laurel has watched far too much TV. Current favorites include ChuckModern FamilySupernaturalMad Men and Community. Laurel received a BA in Astrophysics (yes, that is possible) from Colgate University and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and History of Science from Columbia University before she realized that television is much better than studying.