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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.
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Updated on Apr 18, 2014 03:19PM

Here's a radical TV thought -- Devious Maids (Sunday, 8 and 9 p.m., Lifetime) might be better than writer/producer Marc Cherry's previous series, "Desperate Housewives." The two sh...

Updated on Apr 17, 2014 12:31PM
The Crazy Ones (8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) ends its first season with a pair of original episodes. In the first, the team tries to save a library.
In the second, the firm faces a...

Updated on Apr 16, 2014 12:21PM

Utah developer/Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen bought out Simmons Media in October; six months later, he's making some major changes to the management of the radio stations.

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Updated on Apr 16, 2014 11:29AM
For a lot of local fans, the NBA season ended months ago. Officially, it ends tonight with the team's final game of the year - Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves (6 p.m., ROOT).
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Updated on Apr 14, 2014 10:52AM

Mom (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) comes to the end of its first season tonight, and there definitely have been ups and downs.

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Updated on Apr 14, 2014 04:45PM


Ira Glass and his back-up dancers entertained a nearly full house at Kingsbury Hall on Saturday night.

Yes, Glass - the host of "This American Life" - ...

Updated on Apr 11, 2014 01:28PM

Utahns will be featured on ABC on Friday and CBS on Saturday.
On Friday, University of Utah grad David Toledo will appear Friday on Shark Tank (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) to try to con...

Updated on Apr 11, 2014 11:27AM

An infamous, ongoing Utah murder case will take center stage on CBS on Saturday night.

At this point, it’s still an alleged murder. No trial date ...

Updated on Apr 10, 2014 11:11AM

We're a month away from the broadcast TV networks announcing their fall schedules, and programming execs are busy making decisions about which shows will be back and which will not.
Here's wher...

Updated on Apr 10, 2014 12:22PM
Does CBS know that it hired a fake guy to host the "Late Show"?
Well, not exactly a fake guy. But Stephen Colbert is the only late-night host who is playing a character on his show - a character h...

Updated on Apr 10, 2014 11:27AM

Well, that didn't take long. A week after David Letterman announced that he will retire from the "Late Show" in 2015, CBS announced that Stephen Colbert will succeed him.

Clearly, CBS and Co...

Updated on Apr 11, 2014 09:46AM
In the second-to-last episode of the season, there's an awful lot going on in Parenthood (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5).
There's always a lot going on, but it seems like even more than usual...

Updated on Apr 9, 2014 05:04PM
You can count on PBS for some intriguigingly offbeat programming. Including a couple of shows that air tonight.
On Nature (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7), "My Bionic Pet" shows us animals who...

Updated on Apr 9, 2014 09:47AM

As has been the case each of the past five seasons, the winner of Season 6 of “The Voice” will not be a Utahn.

Madilyn Paige, who wa...

Updated on Apr 8, 2014 10:08AM

If you’ve seen the new movie “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” you must have questions about Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4).

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Updated on Apr 8, 2014 08:45AM

Utahn Madilyn Paige lost her battle round in Monday’s episode of “The Voice,” but she’s not out of the competition.

The Provo teenag...

Updated on Apr 7, 2014 03:37PM
If you tell me that you had Connecticut and Kentucky reaching the championship game in your NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket, well, I pretty much know you're lying to me.
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Updated on Apr 4, 2014 01:58PM
Ogden will be on C-SPAN on Monday as the cable channel looks at the city's history and literary life.
Really.
I can't give you a whole lot of details, because they won't be announced until Mon...

Updated on Apr 4, 2014 10:21AM
There's nothing like Game of Thrones (Sunday, 10 p.m., HBO) anywhere else on TV. No show is mounted on such a massive scale, with such a huge cast and so many storylines spinning at o...

Updated on Apr 3, 2014 04:23PM

In an installment of the “Late Show” that will air tonight (10:35 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), David Letterman announces that he will be retiring in 2015.

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Updated on Apr 3, 2014 10:30AM
Raj, who couldn't even talk to women until the final episode last season on The Big Bang Theory (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), is dating two women at once in tonight's installment. And, of cour...

Updated on Apr 2, 2014 11:43AM
Team USA takes on Team Mexico in a "friendly" soccer match (9:15 p.m., ESPN). It's a warm-up for the upcoming World Cup; and when USA and Mexico get together it's NEVER friendly.
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Updated on Apr 1, 2014 03:36PM
Last week's episode of Glee (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) made me really, really sad.
Not that it was a bad episode. It was actually better than a lot of what we've seen the last few, well...

Updated on Apr 1, 2014 09:16AM

"How I Met Your Mother" circled around and ended where it began in Monday's hourlong season finale, which was both incredibly annoying and rather satisfying.

SPOILERS AHEAD. STOP READING IF ...

Updated on Mar 31, 2014 01:39PM

April Fool's Day comes a bit early to CBS tonight ... at least in this time zone. And it features two of the more personable stars on that network - Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson.
The two, who ...

Updated on Mar 21, 2014 11:04AM
Jeff Zausch is the kind of guy who REALLY wants exposure.
Not just on the Discovery Channel series "Naked and Afraid" but in the media. He pitched himself to a variety of media outlets as a story....

Updated on Mar 21, 2014 11:00AM
Weber State gets its shot today in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, hoping to do better than BYU did yesterday in its loss to Oregon.
The odds are long, of course. No 16th se...

Updated on Mar 20, 2014 10:05AM

The NCAA men's basketball tournament gets going full force today with 16 games. And the one of local interest is BYU vs. Oregon (1:10 p.m., truTV).
Here in Utah, truTV is on Ch...

Updated on Mar 19, 2014 10:39AM
For the second night in a row, a local team plays in the National Invitation Tournament. On the road. In California. Against a team from a league that includes another local team.
Updated on Mar 18, 2014 04:17PM
The University of Utah men's basketball team returns to the postseason for the first time since 2009. Sure, it's the NIT and not the NCAA tournament, but it's better than the last fou...

Updated on Mar 17, 2014 11:20AM

As is generally the case, Dancing With the Stars (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) is guilty of false advertising. Most of the contestants on this show are more celebrities than star...

Updated on Mar 14, 2014 12:50PM

The Good Wife (Sunday, 8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) has been renewed for next season. Which is fantastic news. And we weren’t altogether certain that would happ...

Updated on Mar 13, 2014 05:16PM

On Wednesday, ESPN 700’s Bill Riley and Hans Olsen forgot one of the first rules of broadcasting -- treat every microphone as if it’s live.

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Updated on Mar 13, 2014 10:22AM
After beating Washington, 67-61, on Wednesday, Utah advances to the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament (1 p.m., P12N) against Arizona.
In two regular-season g...

Updated on Mar 12, 2014 10:52AM

Sometimes I wonder if contestants on Survivor (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) have ever actually watched the show.

Already this...

Updated on Mar 11, 2014 10:59AM

Lorelei, a villain from Asgard, makes trouble for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4).

They get som...

Updated on Mar 10, 2014 11:37AM

There was a good bit of nudity and blasphemy on KSL over the weekend - on “Saturday Night Live.”

Lena Dunham (“Girls”) was the host,...

Updated on Mar 10, 2014 11:01AM

The West Coast Conference basketball tournaments continue, and both the BYU men and the BYU women remain in contention.

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Updated on Mar 11, 2014 08:57AM

There is one absolutely unbelievable thing about the premiere of “Believe” - the premiere episode of the NBC series was directed by Alfonso Cuaron, who just won a best...

Updated on Mar 7, 2014 10:47AM

How about a big round of applause for KJZZ? Once again, the station is giving high schoolers some attention and putting some big games on TV.
Ch. 14 is airing four boys high school bask...

Updated on Mar 6, 2014 11:30AM

I don’t know how well the new show Review (11 p.m., Comedy Central) will work in the long run, but the premiere is surprisingly funny.

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Updated on Mar 6, 2014 10:48AM

If you were a fan of “Rescue Me,” you’ll definitely want to check out USA “Sirens.”

(Two episodes of the series air tonight at 11:01...

Updated on Mar 6, 2014 10:44AM

FX’s weird case of schizophrenia has cropped up again in George Lopez’s new sitcom “Saint George.”

(No, it has nothing to do with th...

Updated on Mar 5, 2014 11:10AM

Survivor (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) got off to a strong start last week because human nature is so hard to overcome.

The twist this season is that there ...

Updated on Mar 5, 2014 02:57PM

If appearing on NBC’s “The Voice” is Tanner James’ ticket to his 15 minutes of fame, he’s got about 14:40 left to go.

The 19-year-old became the s...

Updated on Mar 4, 2014 08:57AM

We’re assured by the producers writers and cast that we’re just getting to the good parts of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4). The jury remains out o...

Updated on Mar 3, 2014 04:33PM

It’s all about serial killers on A&E tonight. First up is the second-season premiere of Bates Motel (10 p.m., A&E). Norman fixates on Miss Watson’s dea...

Updated on Mar 3, 2014 04:28PM

A&E “Those Who Kill” (Monday, 11 p.m.) is the latest in a long line of TV shows about serial killers, and the big twist here is that the main character is a - gasp! - w...

Updated on Feb 28, 2014 02:57PM
Seven years after she first hosted the Academy Awards, Ellen DeGeneres returns to headline Hollywood's biggest event (Sunday, 6:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4).
Why? Because she did a pretty ...

Updated on Feb 28, 2014 02:24PM
What happens on "Scandal" is beyond batty. Which is the main reason it's so much fun to watch. But after watching Thursday's episode, it would appear the writers aren't even trying.
They're certai...

 
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