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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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Thursday on Utah TV: Ballet West takes a bow on "Breaking Pointe"

Breaking Pointe (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30) comes to an end tonight, and the six episodes have probably done Ballet West a lot of good.

If nothing else, the docu-series raised the company's profile. And that's pretty much always a good thing.

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The ratings haven't been great. Fewer than a million viewers, on average, tuned in every week, so it's difficult to imagine The CW ordering a second season. But those numbers aren't all that bad for The CW, either.

And, for the most part, Ballet West has come off looking pretty good. Some of the individual dancers ... not so much.

It's brave to put yourself on TV. And it doesn't always work well. Some dancers were portrayed as self-involved, naïve and temperamental.

Ronnie Underwood, for example, appears completely unaware that he's coming across as totally and completely in love - with himself.

And Allison DeBona has clearly come across as the villain of "Breaking Pointe." At least as close to a villain as there is.

Her seeming mistreatment of Rex Tilton (who's inexplicably in love with her) and all the drama she creates during rehearsals have made her the lightning rod. You could almost hear people saying, "Serves her right!" when she didn't get the tempo she wanted from the conductor in last week's episode.

We have to keep in mind that we're only seeing part of the story. And that the producers needed to tell a story to create a cohesive series.

That's the risk you take when you sign on to do a reality show.

In the end, I've enjoyed "Breaking Pointe" a lot more than I thought I would. I'm left with a hugely favorable impression of Ballet West artistic director Adam Sklute and his company. And my daughters and I are talking about attending a Ballet West performance - something we'd never really considered before.

If there are few more people like us out there, that will make the show worthwhile for the dance company.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Duets (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The contestants perform standards.

Take Me Out (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) and The Choice (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): More of these weird dating shows.

Wipeout (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The contestants are members of the military.

Saving Hope (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Alex attempts a double hand reattachment.

Rookie Blue (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Andy has an unexpected encounter on a domestic disturbance call.

Burn Notice (10 p.m., USA): Charlie tries sleep-deprivation therapy on his group.

Anger Management (10:30 p.m., FX): Charlie tries sleep-deprivation therapy on his group.

Wilfred (11 p.m., FX): Wilfred's popularity causes problems for Ryan.

Louie (11:30 p.m., FX): Louie has dinner at a friend's house.

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