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    Thursday on TV: It’s ‘Red Nose Day,’ and NBC is raising money for charity
    It’s “Red Nose Day” (7 p.m., Ch.5) on NBC! This three-hour fundraiser for programs that address the needs of young people living in poverty will featu...
    Updated May 21 2015 03:58 pm   |     |   Share
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Mike Holloway and Sierra Dawn Thomas during the14th and final episode of “Survivor” on the 30th season, Wednesday, May 20. Screen Grab  |  CBS Did Utahn win $1 million on ‘Survivor’? (SPOILER ALERT)
    Did Utahn Sierra Dawn Thomas win a million dollars in the 30th season finale of “Survivor” on Wednesday night? SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER A...
    Updated May 20 2015 09:33 pm   |     |   Share
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Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah Orrin Hatch calls HBO report ‘inaccurate’; HBO stands by 'Real Sports' telecast
    In response to a report on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” that linked deaths in the military to dietary supplements — and to legislation spons...
    Updated May 21 2015 07:31 am   |     |   Share
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Mike Holloway and Sierra Dawn Thomas during the14th and final episode of “Survivor” on the 30th season, Wednesday, May 20. Screen Grab  |  CBS Maybe there is a way Utahn can win on ‘Survivor’ ... but she faces long odds
    The 30th season of “Survivor” wraps up tonight (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), and Utahn Sierra Dawn Thomas is one of five castaways still in the running to win ...
    Updated May 20 2015 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this April 3, 2014 file photo provided by CBS, David Letterman, host of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” waves to the audience in after announcing his retirement during a taping in New York. Letterman will host his final show on May 20. (AP Photo/CBS, Jeffrey R. Staab) Wednesday on TV: Prepare to laugh and shed a tear — David Letterman signs off tonight
    I’m not the world’s most emotional person, but I fear I may shed a tear or two tonight. It’s the finale of the “Late Show with David Letterman” (10:35...
    Updated May 20 2015 11:03 am   |     |   Share
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    Grant Gustin stars as The Flash.
Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW Tuesday on TV: ‘The Flash’ wraps up a great first season
    When “The Flash” (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30) premiered last fall, I gave the show’s pilot a great review. I loved it. I was, however, somewhat concerned about...
    Updated May 19 2015 03:15 pm   |     |   Share
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 Sen. Orrin Hatch got a new title, a raise and round-the-clock security as the Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. HBO report links Orrin Hatch’s dietary supplement legislation to military fatalities
    In a segment that airs in Tuesday’s episode of “Real Sports” (11 p.m., HBO), Soledad O’Brien reports on the deaths of several members of the U.S. mili...
    Updated May 19 2015 05:33 pm   |     |   Share
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Kevin Williamson, executive producer/creator of Monday on TV: Awful ‘Following’ and ‘Stalker’ end their runs
    It’s a bad night for producer/writer Kevin Williamson. The man behind the “Scream” movies, “Dawson’s Creek” and “The Vampire Diaries” has not one but ...
    Updated May 19 2015 03:08 pm   |     |   Share
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    Utah TV news ratings: With a week to go, KUTV is 1st; KSTU is 2nd; KSL is 3rd; KTVX is 4th
    Three-quarters of the way through the May sweeps, there’s a bit of a surprise brewing in the late local news ratings — for the first time in maybe hal...
    Updated May 15 2015 04:28 pm   |     |   Share
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    This weekend on TV: ‘I Love Lucy’ is back on CBS’ schedule
    We’re entering the time of the year when a lot of shows are going into reruns of old episodes — and none of the broadcast networks will be airing reru...
    Updated May 15 2015 11:33 am   |     |   Share
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    Thursday on TV: It’s Utahn vs. Utahn, Hough vs. Hough on ‘Lip Sync Battle’
    This week’s episode of the crazy “Lip Sync Battle” (11 p.m., Spike) is sibling vs. sibling, Utahn vs. Utahn. It’s a battle of the Houghs. “Dancing wit...
    Updated May 14 2015 04:32 pm   |     |   Share
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    The CW’s new fall schedule is virtually unchanged; just 1 new show
    The CW’s new schedule may be the least new of any fall schedule in TV history — 90 percent of it is filled with returning shows. The network is adding...
    Updated May 14 2015 07:03 am   |     |   Share
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    Tonight on TV: Does Utahn have a real shot at winning ‘Survivor’?
    I have no inside information, so this is not a spoiler. But as someone who has seen every episode of “Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) in the 30 seasons ...
    Updated May 13 2015 03:55 pm   |     |   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. Up, up and away! CBS adds ‘Supergirl’ and 4 other new shows to fall schedule
    CBS is adding two comedies and three dramas to its fall schedule, and the show that seems least CBS-like is already getting most of the buzz. The netw...
    Updated May 13 2015 03:38 pm   |     |   Share
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    ABC adds 5 shows for fall, including made-in-Utah ‘Oil’
    ABC is adding a prime-time soap opera about the oil industry — a series that will film in Utah — to its fall 2015 schedule. It will join a new “Muppet...
    Updated May 12 2015 11:12 am   |     |   Share
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    Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Host Ryan Seacrest answer questions from the oress on the set of AMERICAN IDOL XIII Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Tuesday on TV: Dying ‘American Idol’ crawls closer to the end
    Quick quiz: Do you know the names any of the three remaining finalists on “American Idol”? Odd are you don’t. Which is why the show isn’t going to be ...
    Updated May 12 2015 10:57 am   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, actress Julianne Hough looks back for photographers at the premiere of the film Monday on TV: Utahn Julianne Hough dances with her cousin on ‘Dancing with the Stars’
    Utah native Julianne Hough steps out from behind the judges’ desk and returns to the floor on “Dancing with the Stars” (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4). She dances...
    Updated May 11 2015 04:42 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In a  Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, from left to right, singer Keith Urban, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, and singer Harry Connick, Jr. arrive on set of Fox announces its fall schedule and the impending demise of ‘American Idol’
    At the risk of being totally snotty, the biggest news to come out of Fox’s 2015-16 schedule announcement is that “American Idol” will return for its 1...
    Updated May 11 2015 11:39 am   |     |   Share
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An irrigator in a community field in Hildale, Friday October 24, 2008. Wednesday on TV: KUED scares us about ‘Utah’s Uncertain Water Future’
    KUED is airing a very scary program tonight … and it’s not a horror movie. “Utah’s Uncertain Water Future” (7 p.m., Ch. 7) looks at where the state is...
    Updated May 06 2015 02:58 pm   |     |   Share
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    Tuesday on TV: ‘Undateable’ goes live — but not in this time zone, of course
    Well, it’s another “live” episode of a sitcom — which generally turns out to be more of a gimmick than anything else. This time, it’s “Undateable” (8 ...
    Updated May 05 2015 04:39 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this April 3, 2014 file photo provided by CBS, David Letterman, host of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” waves to the audience in after announcing his retirement during a taping in New York. Letterman will host his final show on May 20. (AP Photo/CBS, Jeffrey R. Staab) Monday on TV: It’s a big night for Letterman in prime time and late night, too
    David Letterman’s last night at CBS isn’t for another couple of weeks, but this is a big day for the longtime talk-show host. In prime time, Ray Roman...
    Updated May 04 2015 02:26 pm   |     |   Share
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    Kentucky Derby hopeful Firing Line is ridden by exercise rider Homberto Gomez during a morning workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) This weekend on TV: ABC has sharks; NBC has horses
    If one hour of “Shark Tank” is good, two hours must be better, right? Well, one hour of “Shark Tank” (8 p.m. Friday, ABC/Ch. 4) and a follow-up hour o...
    Updated May 01 2015 01:39 pm   |     |   Share
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Dan Foley, Rodney Lavoie Jr. and Utahn Sierra Dawn Thomas compete during the eleventh episode of SURVIVOR on the 30th season. Wednesday on TV: Can Utahn survive another episode of ‘Survivor’?
    This season of “Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) just seems to be getting crazier and crazier, and so far Utahn Sierra Dawn Thomas has just been riding i...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 04:20 pm   |     |   Share
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Tuesday on TV: ‘Chicago Fire’ starts a story that ‘Chicago P.D.’ will continue and ‘SVU’ will end
    Three shows. Three hours. Two nights. One story. In tonight’s episode of “Chicago Fire” (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5), a Chicago fire uncovers evidence of rape ...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 11:53 am   |     |   Share
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    Monday on TV: ‘Castle’ fans, watch your show before it’s canceled. Maybe.
    Calm down, “Castle” fans. Your show has not been canceled. Yet. There’s considerable speculation that it might be, including in a column by yours trul...
    Updated Apr 27 2015 10:51 am   |     |   Share
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    In this Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 photo, former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner, with stitches and a scar on his face, attends an NBA basketball game between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Whether or not Jenner becomes its new champion, the transgender-rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts - ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. Yet despite the gains, activists say many transgender Americans, far more so than gays and lesbians, remain vulnerable to violence, discrimination and lack of understanding. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) This weekend on TV: Bruce Jenner speaks! That’s what TV news looks like today
    Once upon a time — many years ago — network news types were lauded when they landed big interviews with heads of state. Today, it’s a Big Deal because...
    Updated Apr 24 2015 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE- In this Nov. 23, 2014 file photo, Patrick Dempsey presents the award for pop/rock band, duo or group on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles. In the Thursday, April 23, 2015, episode of Latest death on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ might help the show
    Updated Apr 24 2015 10:57 am   |     |   Share
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    Thursday on TV: Maybe Sheldon and Howard aren’t so smart on ‘The Big Bang Theory’
    Sheldon and Howard think they’re so smart, but they can’t get a toy drone to work on this week’s episode of “The Big Bang Theory” (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2)....
    Updated Apr 23 2015 03:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    Wednesday on TV: I’m worried about the Utahn on ‘Survivor’
    I am concerned about the future of Utahn Sierra Dawn Thomas on “Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2). Because I do not trust the contestants with whom she ha...
    Updated Apr 22 2015 02:51 pm   |     |   Share
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    Tuesday on TV: ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ season finale is a hoot
    It’s entirely possible that I write too much about “Fresh Off the Boat” (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4), but I’m not apologizing. I like this show a lot. And I th...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 02:27 pm   |     |   Share