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Disney talent show strictly for tweens

October 14, 2011

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If you think the talent show genre has become a tad saturated, you’re not alone.

Undaunted, Disney launches its first-ever talent competition aimed exclusively at teens and tweens. A half dozen contestants appear on “Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off — Shake It Up Edition” (7:30 p.m.). They were culled from nearly 30,000 hopefuls who submitted video auditions. The winner will appear in a “Spotlight Dance” on an upcoming episode of the series “Shake It Up.”

‘‘Make Your Mark” not only appeals exclusively to the youngsters, it’s judged by a panel of youthful talents, including Selena Gomez, Sean Kingston and choreographer Rosero McCoy.

• If Disney aims for the tween girl demographic, there are certain quarters of the cable universe where the older guy is king, even if he is a tad rough around the edges. Forty years ago, few people would have predicted that the “Easy Rider” myth would lead us to “Hairy Bikers” (9 p.m., History). But it has.

Paul Patranella is a 4-star, classically trained French chef who likes to leave the saute pan behind to sit atop a motorcycle. Along with his mechanic and sidekick Bill Allen, they blaze along the back roads and blue highways of America to find other eccentrics, peculiar traditions and good — or, at least interesting — food.

Over the course of the season, Paul and Bill go bullfrog hunting in Arkansas and compare recipes for frog legs. Both are rather emphatic that they don’t “taste like chicken,” and exult in their “amphibian” flavor. In another “Hairy” adventure, they hunt, kill and eat nutria, an invasive rodent found in abundance in Cajun country.

They also attend a cooking competition where the only rule is to use cast-iron Dutch ovens over open fires and barbecue pits. You will be surprised what you can do with this simple but elegant device. And, of course, Paul puts a French twist on his entry.

Many years on motorcycles must have left the guys slightly deaf. They don’t so much talk for the camera but yell. This adds to the overall high-testosterone atmosphere. This is certainly not the first show about biker adventures in search of road food. And it won’t be the last. Just what this is doing on the History Channel instead of the Travel Network or the Food Network is anybody’s guess. On the other hand, what is “WWE Friday Night SmackDown” (7 p.m.) doing on Syfy?

• Kelly Miller, a favorite from a 2010 episode, finally walks down the aisle on “Say Yes to the Dress: The Big Day” (9 p.m., TLC).

Tonight’s other highlights

• Exhausted in Anaheim on “Kitchen Nightmares” (7 p.m., Fox).

• Scheduled on “Dateline” (8 p.m., NBC): After 30 years and three children, a “storybook” marriage ends with a bludgeoning in the backyard.

• Walter’s past actions resonate on “Fringe” (8 p.m., Fox).

• Al Smith is recalled on “The Contenders: They Ran and Lost But Changed Political History” (7 p.m., C-SPAN).

• Erin reopens Frank’s old case on “Blue Bloods” (9 p.m., CBS).

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