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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Christiana Bennett performs in the pilot of "Breaking Pointe." (Courtesy Erik Ostling)
Thursday on Utah TV: Ballet West takes center stage on The CW's "Breaking Pointe"

Breaking Pointe (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30) is about ballet. Specifically, it's about Ballet West right here in Salt Lake City.

But it's not what you might expect. This six-episode documentary series shows us what it's like to be a ballet dancer, and it's not easy. You have to be a great athlete. More often tha not, you have to survive and overcome injuries. You have to be highly competitive.

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The folks at Ballet West are clearly hoping this raises the profile of the company. But they're doing so by opening themselves up to a national television audience.

They're a brave bunch.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Duets (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The singers perform classic duets with their amateur partners.

Touch (7 and 8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The final two episodes of the first season. Astonishingly, it has been renewed for a second season and will move to Fridays this fall.

Men at Work (8 p.m., TBS): Milo and Gibbs are interested in the same woman, and she's interested in both of them. Classy.

Rookie Blue (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Teens steal a police car as a prank.

Mountain Men (11 p.m., History): This is a reality series about folks who live in the wild. It's sort of a hillbilly double bill, following Swamp People (10 p.m., History) on the schedule.

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