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Every new TV series is a leap of faith — for everyone involved. For network bosses, who buy and schedule the show based only on a pilot episode and a fuzzy notion of what will follow. For each show’s creative …

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  • Martin Clunes stars as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in TV preview: ‘Sherlock’ creator comes alive in ‘Arthur & George’
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — the creator of Sherlock Holmes — comes to life in a three-part adaptation of Julian Barnes’ novel “Arthur & George.” Arthur (...
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Scott D. Pierce: BYUtv’s ‘Studio C’ is monster YouTube hit
    BYUtv’s sketch-comedy show “Studio C” has helped raise the profile of the cable channel immensely — with a huge assist from YouTube. The online numbe...
    Updated Sep 02 2015 08:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Stephen Colbert participates in TV preview: Free to be Stephen Colbert
    Stephen Colbert is dead. Long live Stephen Colbert! The character Stephen Colbert played for nine years and 1,447 episodes on “The Colbert Report” — a...
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  • Clooney, Bush and Biden among Stephen Colbert’s first guests
    New York • Nearly nine months after exiting Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert returns Tuesday as host of CBS’ “The Late Show,” airing nightly at 11:35 p...
    Updated Sep 02 2015 10:57 am   |     |   Share

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“Tyrant” stars Nasser Faris as Khaled, Alice Krige as Amira, Ashraf Barhom as Jamal, Moran Atias as Leila, Adam Rayner as Barry, Anne Winters as Emma, Jennifer Finnegan as Molly and Noah Silver as Sammy. Tuesday on TV: There’s peace (until the shooting) on the season finale of ‘Tyrant’
    In the Season 2 finale of “Tyrant” (11 p.m., FX), Jamal is accused of crimes against humanity; his wife and son plot against him; and Bassam is encour...
    Updated Sep 01 2015 02:51 pm   |     |   Share
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    Monday on TV: Utahn is one episode away from making the finals of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
    The remaining six contestants — including Utahn Hailee Payne — perform tonight on “So You Think You Can Dance” (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13). Two will be elimi...
    Updated Aug 31 2015 04:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • Scott D. Pierce: John Stamos, 52, has been ‘Grandfathered’
    It wasn’t that John Stamos objected to playing a grandfather in his new Fox sitcom. But he admits he wasn’t exactly crazy about the title of the show ...
    Updated Aug 29 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
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Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon in This weekend on TV: Mormons are on ‘Hell On Wheels’; Real Salt Lake is online, not on TV
    It’s mostly about Mormons in this week’s episode of “Hell on Wheels” (Saturday, 10 p.m., AMC), as it has been this season. Cullen (Anson Mount) and Du...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 01:04 pm   |     |   Share
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    Review: Netflix series ‘Narcos’ is (bloody) good
    The new Netflix series “Narcos” seems, at times, to be utterly unbelievable — because it’s true. Well, pretty much true. This 10-part drama, which beg...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 12:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2003 file photo, Britney Spears, left, and Madonna kiss during the opening performance of the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall, in New York. Van Toffler, an executive at MTV was on vacation when he got a call from the show's director. “And she said, 'Van, you're not going to believe this. They're rehearsing now. They're all together. And Madonna actually kissed Britney on the lips.' Method to the madness of MTV Video Music Awards
    There really is a method to the madness that is the MTV Video Music Awards. “I like to say, ‘Let’s put the crazy in the room,’ and we throw the match ...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 04:52 pm   |     |   Share
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    Thursday on TV: There’s all kinds of crazy going on ‘Under the Dome’
    As Season 3 of “Under the Dome” (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) nears an end — two more episodes after tonight — things are heating up. Members of the Resistance ...
    Updated Aug 27 2015 01:39 pm   |     |   Share
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Christopher Heyerdahl as The Swede in TV preview: Mormons are big this week on ‘Hell on Wheels’
    It’s mostly about Mormons in this week’s episode of “Hell on Wheels,” as it has been this season. Cullen (Anson Mount) and Durant (Colm Meaney) meet w...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 06:05 pm   |     |   Share
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    Wednesday on TV: Jimmy Fallon teams up with Jim Gaffigan
    In this week’s episode of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” (11 p.m. TV Land), Jim is booked to appear “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” And the only pe...
    Updated Aug 26 2015 01:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This file photo combination made from Aug. 6, 2015, photos shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and Fox News Channel host and moderator Megyn Kelly during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland. Trump is welcoming Kelly back from a vacation with a broadside of criticism, tweeting that he liked her show better when she was away. Trump has been attacking Kelly ever since her tough questioning of him during the debate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) Scott D. Pierce: Trump turns Kelly into a journalist phenom
    Donald Trump has accomplished the impossible. He’s turned a Fox News personality into a mainstream media phenom. The GOP presidential hopeful’s conti...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 06:05 pm   |     |   Share
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    KJZZ will telecast most Weber State home football, basketball games
    There’s great news for local Weber State fans — KJZZ-Ch. 14 will telecast most of the Wildcats’ home football and basketball games. That’s four footba...
    Updated Aug 26 2015 10:56 am   |     |   Share
  • This undated image released by PBS shows a humpback whale to promote a three-night special called PBS taking live, three-night look at Monterey Bay
    PBS is bringing a live whale watch into the nation’s living rooms — and throwing in some seals, sea otters, dolphins and pelicans. For three evenings ...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 06:04 pm   |     |   Share
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    Tuesday on TV: ‘Public Morals’ starts slow, but give this violent crime drama a chance
    The new crime series “Public Morals” (8 and 10 p.m., TNT) is set inside the NYPD’s vice unit in the 1960s. Think “Mad Men” crime drama. It’s a stylize...
    Updated Aug 25 2015 12:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Monday on TV: ‘Devious Maids” expose a killer in season finale
    At long last, we’re going to find out who the murderer is in the Season 3 finale of “Devious Maids” (7 p.m., Lifetime). And the maids put their own li...
    Updated Aug 24 2015 02:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This is a Wednesday, March 11, 2015 file photo of TV host Jeremy Clarkson as he gestures as he takes his place in the stands before the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. The BBC said Wednesday March 25, 2015 that it has decided not to renew the contract of “Top Gear’’ host Jeremy Clarkson after a fracas with his producer. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) Scott D. Pierce: ‘Top Gear’ controversy doesn’t worry Amazon
    In this post-Bill Cosby scandal era, you’d think TV programmers would be careful about who they do business with. Apparently not. At least not in the...
    Updated Aug 24 2015 09:31 am   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Nick News shows Nohemy Ruiz, 15, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. Ruiz will appear on the upcoming episode of Nickelodeon show profiles dying children
    Even though Linda Ellerbee has addressed many tough topics with young audiences before, it took a decade before Nickelodeon approved her idea of a “Ni...
    Updated Aug 22 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
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    TV review: To put it bluntly, ‘Blunt Talk’ is just awful
    For the first time since “Star Trek: The Next Generation” signed off 21 years ago, Patrick Stewart has signed on to star in a television series. And W...
    Updated Aug 21 2015 04:28 pm   |     |   Share
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Blaise Todd (left), Shelby Armstrong, Justin Mader, Garrett Brawith, Justin Gaston and Dakota Guppy star in “The Unauthorized Full House Story.” This weekend on TV: It’s true — Stamos did try to get the Olsen twins fired from ‘Full House”
    John Stamos isn’t concerned about the over-the-top TV movie “The Unauthorized Full House Story,” which debuts Saturday at 6 p.m. on Lifetime. And beca...
    Updated Aug 21 2015 01:13 pm   |     |   Share
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KSL News anchors, Dave McCann and Nadine Wimmer on the set of the 6 p.m. news at the KSL studio in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Dispute knocks KSL off DirecTV in Utah
    As of Friday morning, KSL-Channel 5 disappeared for Utah DirecTV subscribers as the two sides battle over money. Bonneville International, which owns ...
    Updated Aug 21 2015 09:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • This photo provided by Starz Entertainment, LLC shows, Patrick Stewart as Walter Blunt, in a scene from Patrick Stewart flexes his comedy muscle in ‘Blunt Talk’
    Patrick Stewart never really considered himself a funny guy. After commanding a starship and a team of mutants in sci-fi and superhero franchises, Ste...
    Updated Aug 21 2015 05:44 pm   |     |   Share