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Watch this: TV for the week of July 22


Breaking Pointe, 9 p.m., CW

If you've seen the commercials for this reality show, you might mistake it for a Pretty Little Liars-style scripted drama. But no, apparently the situations really are that dramatic when dealing with the inner workings of a Salt Lake City dance company. The show, returning for its second season, is basically a real life version of the 2000 ballet movie Center Stage, which taught us a valuable lesson at a young age: The world of ballet is rough.


Deadliest Catch, 9 p.m., DISCOVERY

On the Wizard, Freddy takes matters into his own hands when the deckhands are unable to corral a floating walrus carcass, while on the Northwestern, Captain Sig may not meet his quota. We're not sure what all of this means, but we already feel anxious about it.


Aside from being Phoebe Buffay, this show is hands-down our favorite thing Lisa Kudrow has done. She's back as therapist Fiona Wallace on season three of this sitcom in which she counsels her patients via Skype. The premiere brings together some of our favorite NBC Must-See TV stalwarts, pairing Kudrow with Steve Carell as Fiona's clingy fling and Megan Mullally as a writer of Broadway musicals. Really, we're not sure how that description could get any better.


Spell-Mageddon, 9 p.m., ABC FAMILY

Alfonso Ribeiro, a.k.a. Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, hosts this show in which contestants must spell common words while being distracted by things like getting dunked in a tank, being zapped by a dog training collar, or splattered by slime or slush. Suffice it to say, Ribeiro and his old pal Will Smith took very, uh, different career paths.


72 Hours, 10:30 p.m., TNT

In this new episode, people living in the Rocky Mountains face unpredictable weather conditions as they make their way through the range's southern peaks. Like when 80-degree days follow major snowfalls. Man, if you guys need help taking some snow off your hands, we could use a break from the heat here in Florida.


Orange is the New Black, Netflix, 13 episodes available now

Netflix is at it again with this new original series, which is in the running to the best one yet. Sure, House of Cards has now been nominated for Emmy awards, but we'll take Orange is the New Black over the gloomy and convoluted Cards any day. The show from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan debuted all of its episodes a couple weeks ago, and we're hooked. It's about a WASP-y thirtysomething who gets sentenced to 15 months in a federal penitentiary for something she did 10 years ago. The best thing about the show is its setting in a women's prison, and all of the supporting characters that come with it. Trust us, you've never seen anything quite like this on TV before.

—Michelle Stark, Times Staff Writer

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