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Summer: when dance gets serious

May 31, 2012

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Summer, it seems, is the dance season for those who aren’t “Dancing With the Stars.” Fox waits for the “X-Factor” and “American Idol” to finish before airing “So You Think You Can Dance.” In many ways, “Dance” is the superior series, featuring much more assured, mature talent and showcasing an art form less familiar to most of us. But like most of these contests, we only get to see the performers after years of training and dedication. How did they get that good?

Along comes the new dance series “Breaking Pointe” (7 p.m., CW). It’s the second CW summer show (after “The Catalina”) to offer a documentary-style, behind-the-scenes look at a particular subculture. Here we enter an elite ballet corps, where the emphasis is on brutal training, leading to physical perfection, athletic stamina and an exquisite sense of grace and movement. Add a constant fear of being cut, gaining weight or getting injured and you can understand why films about dance are so often linked to inner demons.

• “Touch” (7 p.m., Fox) concludes its first season with a two-hour finale. I’ve always found this Kiefer Sutherland drama a tad baffling. And I’m not talking about its mystical math. It just never made sense that Fox would air the pilot and then put the show on the shelf for two months before bringing it back and then wrapping it up a week after the TV season ended.

• Jim Parsons can be seen on “The Big Bang Theory” tonight. He also shows up on both “The Daily Show” and “Late Show With David Letterman.” He will appear later in June on CBS’ coverage of Broadway’s Tony Awards and will star on Broadway in a new adaptation of “Harvey,” opening June 14. The guy’s all over the place.

Tonight’s other highlights

• On two episodes of “The Office” (NBC): Dwight takes the ball (7 p.m.), and runs it into the ground (7:30 p.m.).

• Celebrity mentors perform with their proteges on “Duets” (7 p.m., ABC). This is the Pro-Am golf tournament version of a singing competition.

• Bad luck and trouble on “Person of Interest” (8 p.m., CBS).

• A dedicated blogger tracks a killer on “The Mentalist” (9 p.m., CBS).

• Tampa tryouts on “America’s Got Talent” (9 p.m., NBC).

• A student prank goes too far on “Rookie Blue” (9 p.m., ABC).

• Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be another show about buying and selling stuff, “Final Offer” (9 p.m., Discovery) debuts. Tonight: NASCAR artifacts and a link to Babe Ruth.

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