Thursday TV: Ballet Dancers, Mountain Men

From a network whose other new reality show this week, “The Catalina,” was so tawdry that E! wouldn’t have touched it, tries to class things up with “Breaking Pointe” (The CW, 8 p.m.).

It takes the camera behind the scenes of Salt Lake City’s Ballet West, with its highly competitive and poorly fed ballerinas.

No one will likely mistake it for Frederick Wiseman, or “So You Think You Can Dance” for that matter. But at least we can assume they’re not doing shots every five minutes.

A more conventional setting for a reality show may be the beauty salon – especially one that caters to the stars. That’s the case in the new “L.A. Hair” (WeTV, 10 p.m.), where the clientele includes Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Shakira.

And Eustace Conway roughs it on the new “Mountain Men” (History, 10 p.m.), out on the western ridge of the Blue Ridge in North Carolina, one of a handful of hearty men living off the land profiled on the series.

The National Spelling Bee (ESPN2, 10 a.m.; ESPN, 8 p.m.) ought to be good, even if the 6 year old speller is out of it early.

“Duets” (ABC, 8 p.m.) so far is struggling to get the kind of numbers of the singing competitions that inspired it.

If you missed it Monday, make plans to watch the powerful “Hell and Back Again”  on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m.).

50 Cent makes an appearance on “The Pauly D Project” (MTV, 10:30 p.m.) and quickly realizes his mistake.

Miley Cyrus pranks her boyfriend on “Punk’d” (MTV, 10 p.m.), possibly by wearing the outfit she had on during the Billboard Awards show.

I don’t completely hate the new male bonding sitcom “Men at Work” (TBS, 10 p.m.), if only because it includes Danny Masterson of “That 70s Show.” Where’s he been? Also it’s created by Breckin Meyers, who doesn’t appear in it.

It’s the two-hour season finale of “Touch” (Fox, 8 p.m.), the Keifer Sutherland series that’s been renewed for a second season.

Also returning for a second season, “Mary Mary” (WeTV, 9 p.m.), featuring the sister gospel act, which has its own first season finale tonight as well.

I wouldn’t recommend watching it, but “Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding” (Bravo, 9:30 p.m.), as a title, is pretty fun to say.

The month-long Thursday night true crime series on Turner Classic Movies winds up with some pretty strong offerings, with Terrence Malick’s “Badlands” (8 p.m.), Arthur Penn’s “Bonnie and Clyde” (10 p.m.) and Sidney Lumet’s “Dog Day Afternoon” (midnight), followed by “The Night Holds Terror” (2:15 a.m.), and “Inside the Mafia” (3:45 a.m.),

It’s Game 3 of the Western conference NBA finals of Spurs at Thunder (TNT, 9 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Kristen Stewart, Bill Hader, Mike Greenberg. The View: Matthew Broderick, Stacy Keibler, cast of “Nice Work if You Can Get It.” The Talk: Shannen Doherty, Tania Nayak (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres :Adam Levine, Colton Dixon.

Late Talk

David Letterman: Jim Parsons, Mika Brzezinksi, Jered Weaver, Macy Gray (rerun). Jay Leno: Scarlett Johansson, Blake Shelton, K’Naan (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Kathy Griffin, Emily Maynard, Gavin DeGraw (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Will Ferrell, Ellie Kemper, Awolnation (rerun). Craig Ferguson: Carrie Fisher, Tony Hale. Tavis Smiley: Lilly Ledbetter (rerun). Carson Daly: Jason Isaacs, Sydney Wayser, Rachael Yamagata (rerun). Jon Stewart: Jim Parsons. Stephen Colbert: Jack Hitt. Conan O’Brien: Martin Short, Jon Bernthal, Dr. Dog (rerun). Chelsea Handler: Arden Myrin, Chris Franjola, Jo Koy.

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