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It’s that time of year again — the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee airs on ESPN2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and later, the championships are airing from 8 to 10 p.m.

SERIES PREMIERE: “Breaking Pointe” (CW at 8 p.m.) The network continues rolling out reality shows for the summer, and this one features the behind-the-scenes drama of an ultra-competitive ballet company in Salt Lake City. Not only will there be dancing, but the description promises we can see the “jealousy, competition and intensity” that actually happens in between all the lovely dancing.

FINALE WATCH: “Touch” (Fox at 8.) Status: Renewed for Season 2. Kiefer Sutherland’s freshman drama will return, but in the two-hour finale, Martin teams up with Abigail when the stakes of Jake’s custody get higher. Meanwhile, Martin also looks into a young girl named Amelia, who is presumed dead but has a lot of similarities with Jake.

SERIES PREMIERE: “L.A. Hair” (WE tv at 10.) Hairstylist Kim Kimble gets her own reality show, which follows her around as she helps various celebrities before big events. First up: Kim helps prep singer Kelly Rowland in the show’s debut.

SERIES PREMIERE: “Mountain Men” (History at 10.) It’s one thing to boast about loving the outdoors, but it’s another to actually live there — all the time. This new docu-series follows outdoorsmen who live in the wild, including in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, a small Alaska town and on Montana’s Yaak River.

Andy and Swarek chase down a teenager who’s wanted for robbing and beating his girlfriend’s father — who also happens to be a criminal — on “Rookie Blue” (ABC at 10), while the rest of the force tries to handle a string of dangerous pranks as school ends for the year.

The chefs have to incorporate breakfast cereal into chocolate desserts on “Sweet Genius” (Food Network at 10), and later must use candy to create sculptures.

Gibbs and Milo face an awkward situation when they both go after the same woman at a bar on “Men at Work” (TBS at 10), while Neal can’t handle how much time Amy and Tyler spend together.

— Emily Yahr



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