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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.
Updated on Oct 17, 2014 11:06AM
RSL, USU and BYU are all on national TV this weekend.
In MLS play (Friday, 8 p.m., NBCSN), Real Salt Lake travels to Portland. A win would bring the Claret-and-Cobalt one step clo...

Updated on Oct 16, 2014 03:12PM
In case you missed it, tonight's Utah-at-Oregon State football game will not air as scheduled on Fox Sports 1. Which is sort of annoying, but not particularly insulting.
OK, maybe...

Updated on Oct 15, 2014 02:33PM

In How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7), science and technology writer Steven Johnson shares the stories behind the ideas that mad...

Updated on Oct 14, 2014 03:36PM

If you were a fan of ABC’s “Happy Endings,” chances are you’ll be interested in NBC’s Marry Me (8 p.m., Ch. 5).

I w...

Updated on Oct 7, 2014 03:01PM

One of my favorite new shows of the fall, The Flash, premieres tonight (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30).

I’m not a huge fan of c...

Updated on Oct 6, 2014 02:03PM

On the day that gay marriage became legal in Utah, HBO presents Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia (7 p.m.) - and it’s utterly horrifying.

Updated on Oct 2, 2014 02:04PM

Three new series premiere tonight on the broadcast networks, and you can learn more by clicking on the links.

Bad Judge

Updated on Oct 3, 2014 07:51AM

The impossibly cute title of the new romantic comedy A to Z (Thursday, 8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5 - it’s about Andrew (Ben Feldman, “Mad Men”) and Zelda (Cr...

Updated on Oct 2, 2014 01:58PM

Should you tune in to watch the new Fox murder mystery Gracepoint (8 p.m., Ch. 13)?

To answer a question with a que...

Updated on Oct 2, 2014 01:56PM

There are some shows that make you wonder how they ever made it on a network schedule. Bad Judge (Thursday, 8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5) is definitely on that li...

Updated on Oct 1, 2014 05:27PM

I really hate the new CBS series Stalker (9 p.m., Ch. 2), which is both stunningly violent and shockingly stupid.


Updated on Sep 30, 2014 02:27PM

The Major League baseball playoffs get underway tonight with the American League wildcard game. The Kansas City Royals host the Oakland Athletics at 6 p.m. on...

Updated on Sep 30, 2014 01:57PM

Manhattan Love Story (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) isn’t the worst new show this fall, but it’s certainly on that list.

Updated on Sep 29, 2014 04:05PM

CBS had planned to premiere "Mom" tonight ... but plans change.

Because of the huge numbers The Big Bang Theory did last week airing at both 7 and 7:30 p.m. (CB...

Updated on Sep 26, 2014 12:51PM

Be aware, Amazing Race fans - there’s a big change this season.

Not with the show itself, which begins its 25th sea...

Updated on Sep 25, 2014 03:26PM

The outstanding family drama Parenthood (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5) begins its sixth and final season, building toward what we’re promised will be a big, emoti...

Updated on Sep 25, 2014 03:10PM

I’m not telling you that “How to Get Away with Murder” (Thursday, 9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) is the best new show on TV this fall. I am telling you that it sho...

Updated on Sep 24, 2014 03:53PM

As the 29th season begins, 18 castaways compete with and against loved ones in Survivor: San Juan del Sur - Blood vs. Water (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2).

Updated on Sep 24, 2014 03:40PM

ABC’s new sitcom “Black-ish” (Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) is both something very different and something hugely familiar.

It’s ...

Updated on Sep 23, 2014 11:08AM
Former University of Utah football coach Urban Meyer is front and center on tonight's installment of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (8 p.m., HBO).
Utah isn't much mentioned, but M...

Updated on Sep 22, 2014 12:01PM

The Big Bang Theory (7 and 7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): TV’s biggest show returns on a new night - temporarily. It returns to Thursdays on Oct. 30 (after CB...

Updated on Sep 22, 2014 12:07PM

“Gotham” (Monday, 7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) is sort of a Batman show without Batman. A Batman prequel.

Or, more accurat...

Updated on Sep 22, 2014 12:13PM

Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) is a crime-solving New York City medical examiner who is also immortal. He’s more than 200 years old, and he doesn’t know why he can’t be k...

Updated on Sep 22, 2014 12:09PM

What if sort-of-funny nerds worked for Homeland Security?

That, in a nutshell, is the concept behind “Scorpion” (Mo...

Updated on Sep 19, 2014 01:28PM
What's happening Saturday afternoon might just be unprecedented in local college football. If BYU and Utah have ever been nationally televised on two different major TV channels at th...

Updated on Sep 18, 2014 02:13PM
It's Week 2 for NFL Thursday Night Football (6:25 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2 and the NFL Network), and CBS and the NFL are hoping that the matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Fa...

Updated on Sep 17, 2014 03:29PM

A pair of new shows get a jump on next week’s big “premiere week,” and one of the two is definitely worth checking out.

Somewhat to ...

Updated on Sep 3, 2014 11:57AM

A winner is declared in the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13), and we know he/she won't be a Utahn.

Three Utahns made the finals. Marcquet Hil...

Updated on Sep 2, 2014 04:59PM

Another Utahn takes his shot at reality-show stardom tonight - Dave Kindig is the star of Bitchin’ Rides (7 and 11 p.m., Velocity).

Updated on Sep 2, 2014 11:02AM

The first weekend of the college football season continues with a couple of big games featuring local teams on national networks.

First up is BYU at Connecticut (Friday, 5 p...

Updated on Aug 28, 2014 03:38PM
The college football season kicks off with the first local team in action. Utah hosts Idaho State (5:30 p.m., P12N) in a game that isn't expected to be particularly competitive.

Updated on Aug 28, 2014 09:45AM

Dish and Fox Sports 1 have worked out there differences, meaning college football fans will be able to watch games on the cable channel.

That's good news for both BYU and Utah fans who are D...

Updated on Aug 26, 2014 04:33PM
In the Season 1 finale of Tyrant (11 p.m., FX), Barry gets bad news as he prepares to overthrow his brother.
It hasn't been a perfect show by any means, but I've enjoyed it. Hope ...

Updated on Aug 25, 2014 10:52AM

Seth Meyers hosts the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (6 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5), and I’m rooting for him to do well in what is generally a thankless job.

Updated on Aug 22, 2014 01:56PM
A new season of Doctor Who begins with a new Doctor - Peter Capaldi takes over the role of everyone's favorite Time Lord (Saturday, 6:15 p.m., BBC America). And the Doctor and Clara (...

Updated on Aug 21, 2014 05:05PM

Bruce’s parents (Patrick Duffy and Ileana Douglas) come to Sweden for a visit in Welcome to Sweden (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5).

Updated on Aug 19, 2014 05:12PM

Five teams remain in the Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker (10 p.m., TLC) competition, including Utahns Kaiulani Delgado and Roxanne Bodell.


Updated on Aug 18, 2014 04:19PM
Dallas (8 and 10 p.m., TNT) returns with the second half of Season 3 - or Season 17, depending on how you're counting.
The Ewings are dealing with the aftermath of the fire at Sou...

Updated on Aug 15, 2014 11:44AM
Saturday's Major League Soccer game between Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders FC is NOT in the evening. It's a 12:30 p.m. game.
It's also not on local TV because (gasp!) it's on...

Updated on Aug 14, 2014 03:21PM
In the season finale of NY Med (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) ER nurse Katie Duke treats a young woman whose CrossFit workout was so extreme that it nearly destroyed her kidneys. And Chief of Tr...

Updated on Aug 12, 2014 05:02PM
If you're a really big fan of KISS and a really big fan of the Arena Football League, you might like 4th and Loud (10 p.m., AMC).
If not ... you'll probably want to avoid this new...

Updated on Aug 11, 2014 02:31PM
In the first-season finale of Murder In the First (8 and 10 p.m., TNT), Terry and Hildy unearth some shocking secrets.
How better to end a season than a few shocking secrets?

Updated on Aug 8, 2014 08:33AM

KUED turns its lenses on national parks, delivering stunning images of Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Grand Canyon in Red Rock Serena...

Updated on Aug 7, 2014 10:38AM

In tonight’s episode of NY Med (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4), a surgical resident is stunned when a nervous patient--whose aorta could rupture at any moment--dec...

Updated on Aug 5, 2014 09:28AM
CMA: Country's Night to Rock (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) is loaded with - you guessed it! - country music performances from some big-name acts.
Performers include Jason Aldean, the Band P...

Updated on Aug 4, 2014 04:43PM
The SEC Network has proven that it is the biggest, baddest college-sports channel of them all. And it doesn't launch until next week.
SECN has signed an agreement with DirecTV. That, along with Di...

Updated on Aug 4, 2014 02:16PM
If reports that the three lead actors in "The Big Bang Theory" have settled on new contracts are true, I'm thrilled.
If Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons are really each going to make $1...

Updated on Aug 4, 2014 09:47AM

FX, which gives us pretty much nothing but good dramas, gives us yet another bad comedy tonight. Partners (10 and 10:30 p.m., FX) is a lame, unfunny si...

Updated on Aug 1, 2014 11:51AM
When last we saw the ludicrous Western Hell On Wheels (10 p.m. Saturday, AMC), a band of Mormons had ridden into town, shot the place up and taken Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) prison...

Updated on Jul 31, 2014 12:23PM
OK, I'm willing to admit that I'm a fan of Project Runway (7 p.m., Lifetime). I was mocking my daughter for watching it a few years ago, and she got me to sit down and watch it with h...

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