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    Tuesday on TV: Democrats debate — do you even know who all five candidates are?
    Quick quiz — which of the following candidates will not be at tonight’s Democratic presidential debate (6:30 p.m. CNN)? Joe Biden, Lincoln Chaffee, Hi...
    Updated Oct 13 2015 11:42 am   |     |   Share
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    Eddy Chen  |  The CW

Rachel Bloom stars as Rebecca Bunch in Monday on TV: ‘Ex-Girlfriend’ is ‘Crazy’ good; ‘Jane the Virgin’ is back!
    “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is one of those shows that sounds, well, crazy. This new series (Monday, 7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30) is about a high-powered, highly driv...
    Updated Oct 12 2015 11:25 am   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf  l  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Longtime ESPN GameDay analyst Lee Corso arrives on the set of the program early in the morning Saturday. The ESPN College Gameday program did its broadcast at the University of Utah prior to the TCU at Utah game, Saturday, November 6, 2010. This weekend on TV: Go Utes! ESPN’s ‘GameDay’ originates from U. campus
    The ESPN “GameDay” team started telecasting from the University of Utah on Friday, but the main event is Saturday morning. Leading up to the big game ...
    Updated Oct 09 2015 10:39 am   |     |   Share
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    Thursday on TV: ‘The Originals’ sucks — blood, that is
    One of Klaus’ old vampire friends arrives in New Orleans, but he’s got some sort of secret agenda. Hayley struggles with being cursed to her wolf form...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 09:27 am   |     |   Share
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    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, right, and Anthony Rizzo, left, stand behind the batting cage as Miguel Montero takes his turn during workout day, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, for Wednesday's National League Wild Card baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Wednesday on TV: Cubs try, try again — but Pirates stand in their way
    Last night, the Houston Astros advanced at the expense of the New York Yankees. (Yay!) Tonight, the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Chicago Cubs in the Na...
    Updated Oct 07 2015 11:28 am   |     |   Share
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    Lady Gaga arrives at the Los Angeles premiere screening of TV review: ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ is bloody, but it’s not scary
    “American Horror Story: Hotel” is a bloody mess — both literally and figuratively. Which should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched the prev...
    Updated Oct 07 2015 11:05 am   |     |   Share
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    New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez swings his bat with a weight on it before taking swings in the cage during a workout day Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, for Tuesday's American League Wild Card game at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Tuesday on TV: Baseball’s postseason begins — Yankees host Astros
    The baseball playoffs get under way tonight with the American League wildcard game — Houston Astros at New York Yankees (6 p.m, ESPN). My mother raise...
    Updated Oct 06 2015 12:24 pm   |     |   Share
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Meagan Good and Stark Sands star in “Minority Report.” Bruce MacCauley  |  Fox Monday on TV: ‘Minority Report’ is bombing ... and boring
    Well, I wasted an hour of my life last week watching the second episode of “Minority Report” (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13). I watched Episode 2 because I wasn’...
    Updated Oct 05 2015 03:53 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
BYU wide receiver Mitch Mathews (10) reaches for the goal line but comes up short during first half play. BYU later scored to take an early 7-0 lead. UCONN and BYU were tied 7-7 at the half, October 2, 2015.
BYU-UConn game did relatively well in the TV ratings
    Friday’s ESPN2 telecast of the BYU-Connecticut football game did surprisingly well in the ratings — it averaged 1.24 million viewers. That made it the...
    Updated Oct 05 2015 03:04 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah State Aggies wide receiver Travis Reynolds (8) pulls down the catch ahead of Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Robertson Daniel (4).Brigham Young University Cougars defeatd Utah State University Aggies 31-14, Friday, October 4, 2013 in Logan. This weekend on TV: BYU is on ESPN2; USU is online on ESPN3
    BYU’s football game this weekend is on TV; Utah State’s is not — unless you hook your laptop up to your television. The Cougars try to bounce back fro...
    Updated Oct 02 2015 01:35 pm   |     |   Share
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    Utah tight end Caleb Repp (47) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang) Utah-Oregon viewership draws nearly even with BYU-Michigan in final ratings
    The final numbers are (fnally) in from Saturday’s college football games, and the BYU-Michigan game still attracted more viewers than the Utah-Oregon ...
    Updated Oct 02 2015 12:10 pm   |     |   Share
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    Tom Mison stars as Ichabod Crane and Nicole Beharie stars as Abbie Mills in “Sleepy Hollow.”

CR: Tina Rowden/Fox Thursday on TV: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ 2.0 tries to revamp itself
    After pretty much losing its way in Season 2, “Sleepy Hollow” (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) tries to reboot in Season 3. • There’s a new showrunner, Clifton Ca...
    Updated Oct 01 2015 12:29 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2006, file photo, polygamous church leader Warren Jeffs appears in a courtroom surrounded by guards, in Las Vegas. The red Cadillac Escalade used by Jeffs when he tried to flee authorities will be for sale in St. George. The Spectrum reports that the Escalade and the credit cards, gift cards and other items found inside it will be auctioned off. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File) Wednesday on TV: On CNN, 2 of Warren Jeffs’ children accuse him of sexually abusing them
    “This Is Life with Lisa Ling” (7 and 10 p.m., CNN) opens Season 2 with a horrifying look inside the FLDS Church and the family of its leader, Warren J...
    Updated Sep 30 2015 12:18 pm   |     |   Share
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Marcia Gay Harden (center) and Luis Guzman (right), star in “Code Black.” Neil Jacobs  |  CBS TV review: ‘Code Black’ is nothing new, but it’s a decent medical drama
    The first episode of “Code Black” (Wednesday, 9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) feels like a series that’s been running for years. That’s not necessarily a bad thing...
    Updated Sep 30 2015 12:19 pm   |     |   Share
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Fred Savage and Rob Lowe star in “The Grinder.” Ray Mickshaw  |  Fox Tuesday on TV: Both of Fox’s new sitcoms — ‘Grandfathered’ and ‘Grinder’ — are worth checking out
    Fox premieres a couple of new half-hour comedies tonight, and I like both of them. In “Grandfathered” (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13), John Stamos stars as a 50-...
    Updated Sep 29 2015 02:13 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this image released by Fox, Rob Lowe, left, and Fred Savage appear in a scene from TV review: ‘The Grinder’ gets off to a pleasant start
    Despite sporting this year’s worst title, Fox’s new sitcom “The Grinder” (7:30 p.m., Ch. 13) gets off to a nice start. It’s not fantastic, but it’s li...
    Updated Sep 29 2015 01:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this Sept. 25, 2015 image taken from video, Trevor Noah appears on the set of his new show, Monday on TV: Trevor Noah takes over ‘The Daily Show’ — give him a chance
    It’s the debut of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (9 p.m., MTV2, Nick, Spike and VH1 Classic; midnight, Comedy Central, MTV, Spike, TV Land, VH1) — ...
    Updated Sep 28 2015 10:31 am   |     |   Share
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    Guy D’Alema  |  ABC
Graham Rogers and Brian J. Smith star in “Quantico.” SPOILER ALERT: Here’s the Mormon subplot in ABC’s ‘Quantico’
    ABC debuted its series “Quantico” on Sunday night, and there was more for Mormons to be unhappy about than just the LDS character shown wearing nothin...
    Updated Sep 28 2015 02:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    TV review: ‘Empire’ may be popular, but it isn’t good
    “Empire” is back for Season 2, and it’s just as good as it was in Season 1. So … it’s not particularly good at all. Honestly, I want to like this show...
    Updated Sep 23 2015 12:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    TV review: ‘Rosewood’ is instantly forgettable
    Fox’s new series “Rosewood” is the TV equivalent of empty calories — it looks delicious, but there’s nothing there. Morris Chestnut stars as Dr. Beaum...
    Updated Sep 23 2015 12:54 pm   |     |   Share
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    Tuesday on TV: Jazzman John Stockton dissed on ‘Fresh Off the Boat’
    The Season 2 premiere of “Fresh Off the Boat” (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) has sort of a Utah angle. Really. It’s the summer of 1995, and young Eddie (Hudso...
    Updated Sep 22 2015 12:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    TV review: ‘Limitless’ turns a synthetic superhero into a crime solver
    “Limitless” (Tuesday, 9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) is about a guy who takes a pill and becomes the smartest, strongest, fastest guy on Earth. It’s also the late...
    Updated Sep 22 2015 12:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    TV review: ‘Scream Queens’ is outrageous fun ... for now
    Part of the job of a television critic is not just to review what we’ve seen, but try to project where a series is going based on what we’ve seen. So ...
    Updated Sep 22 2015 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    After driving to Vegas to get married, Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, left) struggles with Leonard's (Johnny Galecki, right) confession that he kissed another girl, on the ninth season premiere of Monday on TV: There’s a ‘Big Bang’ wedding, and ‘Gotham’ returns with a vengeance
    “The Big Bang Theory” (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) throws its second wedding — Leonard and Penny follow Howard and Bernadette down the aisle, although this tim...
    Updated Sep 21 2015 12:01 pm   |     |   Share
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Meagan Good and Stark Sands star in “Minority Report.” Bruce MacCauley  |  Fox TV review: ‘Minority Report’ looks cool, but looks may not be enough
    “Minority Report” (Monday, 8 p.m., Fox) looks really cool. But I fear that looks may be about the only thing recommending this show. Yes, it’s a seque...
    Updated Sep 21 2015 11:48 am   |     |   Share
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    Cliff Lipson  |  CBS

“Life In Pieces” features (top row from left) Dan Bakkedahl as Tim, Betsy Brandt as Heather, Colin Hanks as Greg, Zoe Lister Jones as Jen, Thomas Sadoski as Matt and Angelique Cabral as Colleen; (bottom row from left)Holly Barrett as Samantha, Niall Cunningham as Tyler, Giselle Eisenberg as Sophia, James Brolin as John and Diane Wiest as Joan. TV review: ‘Life In Pieces’ wants to be ‘Modern Family’ — it’s not there yet
    When I watched the premiere episode of “Life in Pieces (Monday, 7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), I was confused and not amused for about the first half. Then I ...
    Updated Sep 21 2015 11:45 am   |     |   Share
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    TV review: ‘Blindspot’ doesn’t live up to all the hype
    NBC seems to be putting a lot of its hopes on “Blindspot” (Monday, 9 p.m., Ch. 5), and I can’t figure out why. If you’ve watched the network for more ...
    Updated Sep 21 2015 11:42 am   |     |   Share
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    An Emmy statue is pictured backstage at the Microsoft Theatre during the 67th Emmy Awards Press Preview Day on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) This weekend on TV: Lots of local college football — and the Emmys
    All four northern Utah college football teams are on TV on Saturday, and on Sunday the television industry pats itself on the back. Repeatedly. On Sat...
    Updated Sep 18 2015 11:32 am   |     |   Share
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    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump remarks about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's glasses at his South Carolina campaign rally in Bluffton, S.C., Tuesday, July 21, 2015.  (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton) Wednesday on TV: Will CNN make Trump tell the truth?
    Today’s Republican presidential debate (4 and 6 p.m., CNN) is, once again, a two-stage affair. There are 11 GOP hopefuls in the main event — the 6 p.m...
    Updated Sep 16 2015 02:46 pm   |     |   Share
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    Tuesday on TV: ‘Bastard Executioner’ and ‘Best Time Ever’ make their debuts; ‘Mindy’ returns on Hulu
    The new series “The Bastard Executioner” (11 p.m., FX) is the extraordinarily violent tale of a 14th-century warrior knight (Lee Jones) who believes h...
    Updated Sep 15 2015 02:49 pm   |     |   Share