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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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(Courtesy photo) A contestant flies through the air during auditions for "A Chance to Dance," premiering Aug. 17 on Ovation.
This weekend on TV: Lots of Utahns have "A Chance to Dance"

Eleven of the 24 dancers remaining on A Chance to Dance (Friday, 8 and 9 p.m., Ovation) are from Utah.

That's not really a huge surprise, given that this was one of three places where the show held auditions. But we did end up with 46 percent of the finalists.

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And they are: Sara Aezer, Bayli Baker, Tanish Belnap, Jessica Edmunds, Michelle Galbraith, Eldon Johnson, Jen Osorio-Pendleton, Courtney Sauders, Sydney Sorenson, Joni Tuttle and Chase James Wise.

This show is not exactly a competition, it's more a dance reality show. The 24 dancers will be trimmed to a company of 12, who will perform at a benefit. (Actually, all of this happened earlier this summer.)

Friday on TV ...

College football (6 p.m., ESPN2): Utah at Utah State

Stand Up to Cancer (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2, ABC/Ch. 4, NBC/Ch. 5, Fox/Ch. 13, Ion/Ch. 16, HBO; 9 p.m., E!, Encore, Showtime, Starz, Style, VH1; 10 p.m., Biography): Among those scheduled to perform at this annual event to battle cancer are Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jessica Biel, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Seth Rogen, Emma Stone, Katie Couric, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw.

Women's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Utah at BYU

High school football (7:30 p.m., ESPNU): Skyline (Washington) at Cottonwood (Utah)

A Chance to Dance (8 and 9 p.m., Ovation): The cuts begin.

Boss (11 p.m., Starz): Kane eliminates longtime members of his political machine.

Saturday on TV ...

College football: Weber State at BYU (1 p.m., BYUtv); Southern Utah at California (1 p.m. Pac-12 Network-national)

U.S. Open Tennis (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Women's final

Doctor Who (7 and 10 p.m., BBC America): There's an unmanned spacecraft filled with dinosaurs.

Women's college soccer (7:30 p.m., BYUtv): Penn State at BYU

Saving Hope (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 4): Charlie must come to terms with his past before he can wake up.

Jay Mohr: Funny for a Girl (9 p.m., Showtime): Mohr performs standup.

The Vow (10 p.m., Starz): Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams star in ths schmaltzy 2012 romantic comedy. (PG-13)

Sunday on TV ...

U.S. Open Tennis: Women's doubles final (10:30 a.m., ESPN2); men's final (2 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2)

NFL: New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans (11 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints (11 a.m., Fox/Ch. 13); San Franciso 49ers at Green Bay Packers (2:25 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos (6:15 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

Big Brother (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Contestants are nominated for eviction.

Broadway or Bust (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Sixty talented teens - including two Utahns - learn how tough Broadway is in this three-part reality series.

Hell on Wheels (7, 8 and 10 p.m., AMC): Cullen is haunted by his past.

Drop Dead Diva (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): In the season finale, it's Jane's wedding day; Parker learns Kim's secret; Grayson reveals his true feelings to Jane.

Leverage (7 and 8 p.m., TNT): Parker discovers a group of thieves are planning a heist.

Masterpiece Mystery! (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Kenneth Branagh returns in the first of three new "Wallander" mysteries.

Weeds (11 p.m., Showtime): Faces past return in the series' 100th episode. The series finale airs next week.

Breaking Amish (11 p.m., TLC): Four young Amish and one Mennonite leave home for New York City in the debut of this reality series.



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