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Salon's guide to what to watch: The moving Oscar-nominated documentary "Rehearsing a Dream" -- and more.

Published August 9, 2007 11:00AM (EDT)

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If you suspect that, with more support and encouragement, you would have been a concert pianist instead of a customer relations specialist, then tune in for "Rehearsing a Dream" (7 p.m. EDT on Cinemax). The Oscar-nominated short documentary follows some of the country's most talented 17-year-olds as they spend a week at the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, studying under well-known artists and performers like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Vanessa Williams. (Maybe Williams teaches a crash course in Scandal Management and Recovery?) Seeing these kids connect with one another and gain confidence in their unique talents is undeniably moving. "There's hope for our generation," one participant tells the camera, almost breathlessly. "We don't all want to play football and be in videos."


Biography debuts an hour-long look at the twisty-turny life of Tina Turner at 9 p.m. EDT. And at 10 p.m. EDT, AMC airs the fourth episode of its deliciously wicked summer hit about the Madison Avenue ad industry in the 1960s, "Mad Men." (Watch a sneak peak of Thursday's episode here. And read an interesting interview with the show's creator, "Sopranos" veteran Matthew Weiner, here.)

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Cuba Gooding Jr.

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Anne Hathaway, Cameron Mathison, guest co-host Joan Rivers (repeat)

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

The cast of "Little Miss Sunshine" (repeat)

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood (repeat)

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Sen. Joe Biden

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT


Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT

Tal Ben-Shahar

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Judd Apatow

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Bruce Willis, Tony Parker, Diving Dogs (repeat)

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

David Duchovny, Tiki Barber, Nick Thune

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

David Milch, Joseph Califano

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Public Enemy

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Cuba Gooding Jr., Jackie Hoffman, Bruce Parry

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Kristen Bell, Wolfgang Puck, Chrisette Michele

Contributors: Matthew Fishbane, Heather Havrilesky, Amy Reiter

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