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    TV review: ‘Secrets and Lies’ is just plain awful
    “Secrets and Lies” (Sunday, 8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) is a new show that feels like an old show. Because there’s nothing original about it whatsoever. Yes, i...
    Updated Feb 27 2015 02:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    TV review: ‘Battle Creek’ isn’t bad, but it’s not that good
    The story of how “Battle Creek” (Sunday, 9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) got on the CBS schedule is more interesting than the show itself. Twelve years ago, “Break...
    Updated Feb 27 2015 01:49 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this undated photo released by Paramount Pictures, James Doohan, far right, who played Scotty in the original Leonard Nimoy dies — thanks and farewell
    I feel like I’ve lost a friend. Like a little bit of my childhood is gone. Leonard Nimoy — best known as Mr. Spock on “Star Trek” — passed away at the...
    Updated Feb 27 2015 10:55 am   |     |   Share
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    In this image released by Netflix, Kevin Spacey, left, and Michael Kelly appear in a scene from This weekend on TV: ‘House of Cards’ returns; ‘Downton Abbey’ ends season; and CNN is all about Jesus
    For those of you who subscribe to Netflix, Friday is a big day. Season 3 of “House of Cards” has been released. The story picks up six months after th...
    Updated Feb 27 2015 10:27 am   |     |   Share
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    Thursday on TV: Secrets are revealed in the insane finale of crazy ‘How to Get Away with Murder’
    In the last two episodes of the season for “How to Get Away With Murder” (8 and 9 p.m, ABC/Ch. 4),, the shocking truth about Lila’s murder is finally ...
    Updated Feb 26 2015 04:26 pm   |     |   Share
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Lindsey Cascaddan and Sierra Dawn Thomas of the Blue Collar Tribe during the 90-minute premiere of “Survivor” on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. MT on CBS/Ch. 2. Monty Brinton  |  CBS Wednesday on TV: There’s a Utahn fighting to be the sole ‘Survivor’
    “Survivor: World’s Apart” (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The 30th season begins with a three-tribe competition — white collar vs. blue collar vs. new collar — a...
    Updated Feb 25 2015 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
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Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope and Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt in the series finale of Tuesday on TV: ‘Parks and Recreation’ goes out still on top of its game
    The “Parks and Recreation” gang completes one last task together before saying goodbye to Pawnee in the hourlong series finale (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5). Th...
    Updated Feb 24 2015 11:37 am   |     |   Share
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    Edward Snowden in Monday on TV: Oscar-winning Snowden documentary airs on HBO
    Just last night, “CitizenFour” won an Oscar as the year’s best documentary. Tonight, it airs on HBO at 10 p.m. For more on this documentary about Edwa...
    Updated Feb 23 2015 05:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    A visitor takes a picture of an Oscar statue as preparations are made for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 22. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) This weekend on TV: The Oscars and a Utahn on ‘Undercover Boss’
    The big event this weekend is, of course, “The 87th Annual Academy Awards” (6:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Neil Patrick Harris hosts. There’s a half-hour red-...
    Updated Feb 20 2015 04:18 pm   |     |   Share
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Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry) reluctantly agrees to let Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon), his uptight former college roommate, move in with him after the demise of both of their marriages, on the series premiere of Thursday on TV: ‘Big Bang’ deals with death; ‘Odd Couple’ begins; ‘Two and a Half Men’ ends
    There are three comedies worth noting on tonight’s schedule, all on CBS. On “The Big Bang Theory” (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), TV’s top sitcom deals with deat...
    Updated Feb 19 2015 01:14 pm   |     |   Share
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Pictured from left: Owain Yeoman as Wayne Rigsby, Amanda Righetti as Grace Van Pelt, Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, Robin Tunney as Teresa Lisbon, and Rockmond Dunbar as Dennis Abbott in the series finale of Wednesday on TV: ‘The Mentalist’ signs off for good tonight
    After seven seasons and 151 episodes, tonight is the end for “The Mentalist” (7 and 8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2). In the first episode, Patrick Jane (Simon Bake...
    Updated Feb 18 2015 05:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    Tuesday on TV: ‘Repeat After Me’ recycles old idea
    In “Repeat After Me” (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4), celebrities -- including Ellen Pompeo, Taye Diggs and Harry Connick Jr. – interact with regular people wh...
    Updated Feb 17 2015 02:39 pm   |     |   Share
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    This weekend on TV: Is this the end for ‘CSI’?
    In what could be the final two episodes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (8 and 9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), the team investigates a murder with ties to two...
    Updated Feb 13 2015 03:12 pm   |     |   Share
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Thomas Sadoski as Gary, Melissa George as Rosie in “The Slap.” Thursday on TV: NBC’s ‘The Slap’ is interesting, but far from compelling
    In the premiere of “The Slap” (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5), an adult slaps a wildly misbehaving child, setting off a series of events. I’ve seen the first coup...
    Updated Feb 12 2015 02:01 pm   |     |   Share
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Utahn Patrick Fugit stars in the new Cinemax series Utahn will star in new series from creator of ‘The Walking Dead’
    The creator of “The Walking Dead” has a new series headed for Cinemax, and it will star a Utah native. The pay-cable channel has picked up a 10-episod...
    Updated Feb 13 2015 04:45 pm   |     |   Share
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Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins, Peter Scanavino as Dominick Wednesday on TV: ‘SVU’ episode has echoes of USU incident
    In an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” that was clearly inspired, at least in part, by what happened last fall at Utah State University,...
    Updated Feb 11 2015 03:33 pm   |     |   Share
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    Tuesday on TV: Doctors, patients deal with death in moving ‘Frontline’
    Tonight’s installment of “Frontline” (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7) is all about death — and it’s well worth watching. Titled “Being Mortal,” the hourlong report...
    Updated Feb 10 2015 01:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    Monday on TV: A serial killer comes to ‘Castle’
    In the first of a two-parter, a murder investigation points to a serial killer on “Castle” (9:01 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4). If there were as many serial killer...
    Updated Feb 09 2015 04:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    This weekend on TV: Super Bowl XLIX follows 6½ hours of pregame
    Television’s single biggest event of the year is on Sunday — Super Bowl XLIX kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on NBC/Ch. 5. But before the game between the Seat...
    Updated Jan 30 2015 10:21 am   |     |   Share
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Jon Glaser as Councilman Jamm, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Megan Mullally as Tammy in Tuesday on TV: Another couple of episodes of soon-to-be-gone ‘Parks and Recreation’
    The seventh and final season of “Parks and Recreation” continues with two more new episodes (7 and 7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5). In the first, Leslie and Ben...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 05:36 pm   |     |   Share
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    Gina Rodriguez stars as Jane in ìJane the Virgin.î
Photo:Tyler Golden/The CW Monday on TV: ‘Jane the Virgin’ gets a couple of job offers
    On “Jane the Virgin” (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30), the nuns offer Jane a permanent teaching position, and Rogelio offers her a writing position on his telenove...
    Updated Jan 26 2015 03:59 pm   |     |   Share
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    Page Kennedy, Beatrice Rosen, Dennis Haysbert, Thomas Dekker, Kristoffer Polaha, Genevieve Angelson and Rainn Wilson star in “Backstrom.”
Cr: Frank Ockenfels/FOX Thursday on TV: ‘Backstrom’ is pretty much annoying
    Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) stars as an incredibly annoying detective in the incredibly annoying new series “Backstrom” (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13). Well, th...
    Updated Jan 21 2015 08:29 am   |     |   Share
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    Wednesday on TV: The freaks rebel on ‘American Horror Story’ finale
    I’ll admit that I gave up on “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (11 p.m., FX) a few episodes into this season. So all I can tell you about tonight’s ...
    Updated Jan 21 2015 08:32 am   |     |   Share
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    President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Washington. Obama is holding an afternoon news conference Wednesday to share his take on the midterm election results after his party lost control of the Senate, and lost more turf in the GOP-controlled House while putting a series of Democratic-leaning states under control of new Republican governors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Tuesday on TV: The night belongs to President Obama
    President Obama addresses Congress and the nation with the annual State of the Union (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2; ABC/Ch. 4); NBC/Ch. 5; PBS/Ch. 7 and Ch. 11; ...
    Updated Jan 20 2015 10:45 am   |     |   Share
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    Monday on TV: Larry Wilmore returns to Comedy Central in ‘The Nightly Show.’
    “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore premieres tonight (12:30 a.m., Comedy Central), and I can’t wait. I’m really looking forward to this show, which ...
    Updated Jan 19 2015 01:52 pm   |     |   Share
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    Brigham Young University quarterback Jim McMahon raises his arms in celebration Dec. 19, 1981 as BYU defeated Washington State 38-36 in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.  McMahon was named Most Valuable Player in the game as he threw three touchdown passes for 342 yards. (AP Photo) Ex-BYU QB Jim McMahon tells HBO he considered suicide
    In a “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” report that airs Tuesday, former BYU and Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon talks about his many lingering he...
    Updated Jan 17 2015 01:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick (86) celebrates a touchdown with fans during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) This weekend on TV: There are TWO big football games on Sunday
    It’s not Super Bowl weekend, but it’s the next-best thing. We’ll find out who will be playing in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. First up, it’s the NFC cha...
    Updated Jan 16 2015 01:36 pm   |     |   Share
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Thursday on TV: Things are heating up on ‘Parenthood’
    As the number of episodes left in “Parenthood” (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5) is winding down, things are heating up for the Braverman family. In tonight’s episo...
    Updated Jan 15 2015 11:24 am   |     |   Share
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Jay Baruchel stars in the FXX comedy Wednesday on TV: New comedy ‘Man Seeking Woman” is, well, weird
    The weirdly appealing Jay Baruchel (“She’s Out of My League”) stars in the weird new comedy “Man Seeking Woman” (11:30 p.m., FXX). He stars as a naïve...
    Updated Jan 14 2015 02:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Danny Feld  |  NBC

Jon Glaser as Councilman Jamm, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Megan Mullally as Tammy in Tuesday on TV: ‘Parks and Rec’ returns for one final season
    In the season premiere — the final season premiere — of “Parks and Recreation” (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5), Leslie battles a tech company for land she wants t...
    Updated Jan 13 2015 12:00 pm   |     |   Share