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Utah TV 2012: From real ballet to fake romance

Published December 31, 2012 2:06 pm

Utahns flood reality shows, local sports find airtime and political candidates take advantage of the nation's Mormon moment.
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Everything old was new again on TV in 2012. There were more Utahns on reality shows; Marie Osmond returned to TV; KUTV remained atop the news ratings; KSL refused to air another network show; and there was angst about another sports network.

On point • Ballet West became the backdrop for a prime-time soap when a BBC documentary film crew went behind the scenes at the Capitol Theatre to create The CW series "Breaking Pointe." Season 2 will air in 2013.

Get real • Once again, Utahns were well-represented on reality TV series. Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson made the finals of "So You Think You Can Dance." Loren Allred was a finalist on "The Voice." Angie Layton didn't last long on "Survivor," and the Southwick family appeared on "Doomsday Preppers."

The big winner was Jef Holm, who was chosen by "Bachelorette" Emily Maynard as her beloved. Of course, they stayed true to show history and broke up shortly thereafter.

Which was less embarrassing than when "Bachelor" contestant Monica Spannbauer got drunk and weird.

KSL's 'New Normal' • KSL refused to air NBC's gay-themed sitcom because of its content, not its quality.

TV's Mormon moment • Mitt Romney's unsuccessful presidential campaign prompted comedy bits on everything from "30 Rock" to "Saturday Night Live" and garnered plenty of mentions on late-night talk shows.

More Marie • After failing to get a syndicated show off the ground in 2009, Marie Osmond launched a daytime talk show on cable's Hallmark Channel.

KUTV is still No. 1 • KSL anchorman Bruce Lindsay retired, and former KSL anchorman Dick Nourse appeared on KUTV to talk about his son's battle with a rare disease. (Nourse also announced that he's battling cancer for the third time.) KSL spent lots of money on a new set and new look, but KUTV extended its late-night ratings lead.

Overload • The two Utahns seen most on TV this fall were Rep. Jim Matheson and his challenger, Mia Love, who seemed to be in every other commercial, as they faced off in the most expensive House race in Utah history.

Just for kicks • Real Salt Lake signed a new TV deal with KTVX-Channel 4 and KUCW-Channel 30, which aired most (but not all) RSL games live.

Here we go again • The Pac-12 Network launched — but it still hasn't signed a deal with DirecTV.

spierce@sltrib.com