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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 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...

Updated on Jul 31, 2014 11:07AM

ABC makes a valiant attempt to turn “The Lord of the Rings” into a reality/competition show, but “The Quest” (7 p.m. Thursday, Ch. 4) sinks in a pool of cheese.

Updated on Jul 30, 2014 03:28PM

When Sharknado (8 p.m., Syfy) premiered a year ago, it was a surprise success. The incredibly stupid movie about sharks being lifted in a water spout a...

Updated on Jul 29, 2014 02:19PM

In this week’s installment of POV (11 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7), titled “Fallen City,” survivors of a 2008 earthquake in China that killed 90,000 people share t...

Updated on Jul 28, 2014 10:33AM
Another season of fake romance comes to an end on The Bachelorette (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) - and it's loaded with all sorts of fake drama.
Andi makes her decision between Nick Viall a...

Updated on Jul 25, 2014 01:38PM

There's not a whole lot of new stuff on TV this weekend, but there's plenty of crazy on Sunday night.

If you haven't already checked them out, you might want to take a look at "The Last Ship...

Updated on Jul 23, 2014 08:02AM

So You Think You Can Dance (7 p.m., Ch. 13) has whittled down the field to 16 dancers, and all three Utahns who made the Top 20 are still in the comptition.

Tanisha Belnap, ...

Updated on Jul 22, 2014 10:28AM

We just got through the 2014 World Cup - congratulations, Germany - but Real Sports (8 p.m., HBO) looks ahead two more cycles to the 2022 World Cup sch...

Updated on Jul 21, 2014 11:55AM

The only thing worse than watching a fake reality/dating show is watching people talk about a fake reality/dating show.

That's what we get tonight with The Bachelore...

Updated on Jul 18, 2014 11:56AM

And now for something completely different for the Lifetime channel — it's The Lottery (8 p.m., Lifetime).

In the not-too-distant future, the world is experiencing a fertili...

Updated on Jul 17, 2014 11:17AM

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Ah, geez. "Two and a Half Men" is going to go fake-gay for its final season.

"Walden (Ashton Kutcher) is going to have a major health scare and it is ...

Updated on Jul 17, 2014 08:42AM

FX debuts a couple of really depressing sitcoms on Thursday night. They both have some laughs, but you’re not going to come away feel particularly happy.

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Updated on Jul 17, 2014 08:40AM

Satisfaction (11 p.m., USA) is about a married couple who are anything but satisfied.

Neil (Matt Passmore) and Gra...

Updated on Jul 16, 2014 10:28AM

I tell you that My Wild Affair is a show you can watch with your children, you'll probably think I've gone too Hollywood.

If I point out that the show is on PBS (7 p.m., Ch....

Updated on Jul 14, 2014 04:39PM

Hurricane Katrina has faded from memory for most of us, but not for the folks who live in New Orleans.

Tonight on P.O.V. (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7), "Getting Back to Abnormal" look...

Updated on Jul 14, 2014 04:41PM

ABC is bringing back 25 former "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" cast members for "Bachelor in Paradise" - and two of them are from Utah.

Michelle Money made herself infamous, not j...

Updated on Jul 11, 2014 01:38PM

You've never seen vampires quite like the ones in Guillermo del Toro's new series The Strain (Sunday, 11 p.m., FX). It opens with terror aboard an airliner, which ends up on runway...

Updated on Jul 10, 2014 02:54PM

NBC premieres a couple of sitcoms tonight, and they're not bad. Not great, but not bad. They're actually better than several of the sitcoms that will debut in the fall.

Welcome to Sw...

Updated on Jul 9, 2014 11:00AM

CBS debuts the summer series Extant (8 p.m., Ch. 2) - which is sort of intriguing. Halle Berry stars as Molly Woods, an astronaut who spent the past year all alone in space and ret...

Updated on Jul 8, 2014 10:12AM
Soccer fans have been going through a bit of withdrawl. After becoming accustomed to multiple World Cup games every day, once we hit the quarterfinals there were days when there were ...

Updated on Jul 7, 2014 04:31PM

Well, we got the big twist last week on 24: Live Another Day (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) - just as we expected, given the formula the show continues to follow.

The twist was less e...

Updated on Jul 3, 2014 04:22PM
If you want to watch your Fourth of July fireworks on TV, there are a couple of options:
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Nick Cannon hosts; scheduled...

Updated on Jul 3, 2014 04:17PM
NBC runs out the string on Undateable tonight, airing a repeat and three original episodes (7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m., Ch. 5) to bring it to an end.
It's not a tragedy. This is a s...

Updated on Jul 2, 2014 10:32AM
For the third year in a row, three Utahns are among the 20 finalists on So You Think You Can Dance (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13).
The trio are:
-Tanisha Belnap, a 20-year-old ballroom ...

Updated on Jul 1, 2014 09:07AM
In case you haven't heard, there's a rather important World Cup soccer game this afternoon. The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Belgium (2 p.m., ESPN) in the knock-out round - so it...

Updated on Jun 30, 2014 03:02PM

OK, I give up. On Under the Dome (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) that is.

I probably should have given up on it earlier, as did...

Updated on Jun 27, 2014 03:22PM
It's not quite all-Warren Jeffs, all the time Saturday on Lifetime. It just seems that way.
First up, it's the premiere of the TV movie Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs (6 p.m., Lifet...

Updated on Jun 26, 2014 09:53AM
In case you haven't heard, there's a big soccer game today. It's Team USA vs. Team Germany (10 a.m., ESPN) in the World Cup.
This match, along with Ghana vs. Portugal (10 a.m., ES...

Updated on Jun 26, 2014 05:27PM

Utahns continue to do extraordinarily well on the Fox reality/competition series "So You Think You Can Dance." This season's 20 finalists were revealed in Wednesday's episode, and three of them are...

Updated on Jun 26, 2014 05:27PM
There are a couple of new shows premiering to night, and they're both awful As you might expect.
In Taxi Brooklyn (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5), a tough detective (Chyler Leigh) teams up wi...

Updated on Jun 24, 2014 04:50PM

Tyrant (11 p.m. FX) gets off to a very strong start tonight. I’ve seen most of the pilots for the new shows on the broadcast networks this fall, and t...

Updated on Jun 24, 2014 01:06PM

Utahn Bruce Pitcher confronts his weight and the father who abused him on Extreme Weight Loss (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4). It’s an amazing two-hour show.

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Updated on Jun 23, 2014 10:57AM
Season 4 of Teen Wolf (11 p.m., MTV) picks up far from Beacon Hills. The action moves to Mexico, where Scott is searching for a missing friend.
This show isn't as good as it once ...

Updated on Jun 20, 2014 12:09PM
The comedy competition Funniest Wins premieres tonight (Friday, 8 p.m., TBS), and one of the contestants has a local tie.
Californian Key Lewis was the winner of the 2013 Rocky Mo...

Updated on Jun 17, 2014 05:49PM
It's Canada Day on ABC - the north-of-the-border police show Rookie Blue (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) returns for its fifth season.
Which raises the question - if the show has already aire...

Updated on Jun 17, 2014 05:42PM
The only thing more fun than Elka (Betty White) running for office in Hot In Cleveland (11 p.m., TV Land) is Elka getting up in the face of her opponent.
That happens in tonight's...

Updated on Jun 17, 2014 10:32AM
If you haven't been watching Fargo (11 p.m., FX), you have really missed out. This 10-episode series has been nothing short of spectacular.
Yes, it's been spectacularly violent at...

Updated on Jun 16, 2014 10:48AM
The U.S. Men's National Team begins World Cup play this afternoon in a game the almost certainly have to win to have any hope of advancing out of their group. And the USA takes on Gha...

Updated on Jun 13, 2014 10:30AM
Another excellent season of Game of Thrones (Sunday, 10 p.m., HBO) comes to an end - a season that has so far seen a whole lot of characters who deserve to die actually perish.
I...

Updated on Jun 12, 2014 10:03AM
The 2014 World Cup gets under way today as the host country, Brazil faces Croatia (2 p.m., ESPN).
I have nothing against the Brazilian national team, but wouldn't it be fun if the...

Updated on Jun 11, 2014 02:39PM

The choice of music in Sunday's edition of "Music and the Spoken Word" seemed somewhat startling to some people.

As the Gay Pride Parade was gearing up a few blocks away, the Mormon Tabernac...

Updated on Jun 11, 2014 01:10PM
This could be the end of this year's Stanley Cup Finals (6 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5). It's Game 4, and the New York Rangers are hosting the Los Angeles Kings.
L.A. leads the series 3-0, so...

Updated on Jun 10, 2014 03:33PM

I really wanted to like Chasing Life (10 p.m., ABC Family). The premise of the show is admirable - everything seems to be coming up roses for young, c...

Updated on Jun 9, 2014 04:34PM
There's a somewhat out-of-the-blue Mormon reference in Episode 3 of "Murder in the First."

Detectives Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) are questioning a co-w...

Updated on Jun 9, 2014 04:39PM

In the new series Murder In the First (8 and 10 p.m. TNT), a pair of San Francisco police detectives (Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson) investigate a ...

Updated on Jun 6, 2014 01:33PM
The 68th Annual Tony Awards (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) is, of course, an awards show. But it's also a chance for those of us who can't get to New York to see a bit of Broadway's best.
Hu...

Updated on Jun 6, 2014 05:10PM

Kody Brown, the polygamist husband on the series “Sister Wives,” talks hormones with his teenage daughter and her boyfriend on Sunday’s episode of the show (10 p.m., TL...

Updated on Jun 5, 2014 02:18PM
The NBA Finals (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) get under way tonight, and the series features the same two teams who were in the Finals a year ago - with one major difference.
Last year, the ...

Updated on Jun 4, 2014 10:43AM
Real Salt Lake will try to bounce back from its first loss of the season tonight in a midweek Major League Soccer matchup (5:30 p.m., Ch. 30).
RSL (6-1-6) is in Columbus to take o...

 
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