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It wasn’t easy, but I managed to quit “Hawaii Five-0” cold turkey last fall. It’s a show that I once liked — never loved, but liked — but it has long since become badly written baloney. I didn’t even hate …

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  • This photo provided by NBC and HD Studio shows NBC’s daytime and late night set for the Rio Olympics located on Copacabana Beach in Rio. NBC says it will provide 85 hours of virtual reality programming during the Rio Olympics in August, but only to users of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and the Samsung Gear VR headset. (HD Studio/Courtesy of NBC via AP) Here come the virtual reality Olympics ... for Samsung users
    Athletes in Rio will compete to be the fastest sprinter and highest jumper at the Olympics this August. But there’s another test underway as well: How...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • In this photo provided by BBC America, from ’The Hunt’,  a Thomson’s gazelle leaps away from a cheetah’s trip in Kenya. ’The Hunt,’ a seven-part documentary series from the creators of the landmark ’Planet Earth,’ presents the case for reconsidering predators as the bad guys of the natural world. Through its storytelling approach, ’The Hunt’ attempts to put each predator’s quest in context. ’When you see a cheetah hunting and you realize she has four 8-month-old cubs and they will starve if she doesn’t kill, then you’re with the predator more,’ said executive producer Alastair Fothergill.  (Grégoire Bouguereau/BBC America via AP) ’The Hunt’ casts animal world’s predators in new light
    Watching a polar bear stalking a doe-eyed seal for a meal tends to put our warm feelings for the bear on ice. But “The Hunt,” a seven-part documentary...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • This photo provided by CBS shows Conor Knighton at Bryce Canyon National Park.  Knighton in the midst of a year-long journey to spend time in each of the 59 national parks. His ’On the Trail’ reports air every two weeks, and this Sunday’s piece about Depression-era park improvements will be the show’s cover story.  (Efrain Robles/CBS News via AP) CBS reporter traveling to 59 parks in a year
    Conor Knighton didn’t take the easy route when he proposed a “CBS Sunday Morning” story on the National Park Service’s centennial. His idea approved, ...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
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    In this image released by FX, Denis Leary portrays Johnny Rock in a scene from, ’Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.’ (Patrick Harbron/FX via AP) Thursday on TV: We’ve got your ‘Greatest Hits’ to go with ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’
    One music-centered show debuts tonight, another returns for a second season. ABC is hoping that nostalgia can drive is summer series “Greatest Hits” (...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 02:58 pm   |     |   Share

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    Family patriarch Mitchell Hawthorne (Jamey Sheridan), hospitalized after a heart attack, is visited by his wife, Madeline (Virginia Madsen.  Photo: Christos Kalohoridis/CBS Wednesday on TV: The plot thickens on ‘American Gothic’?
    The mystery of the Silver Bells Killer deepens in Episode 2 of “American Gothic” (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2). The family patriarch is dead — his death hastene...
    Updated Jun 29 2016 11:27 am   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by HBO, Kit Harington portrays Jon Snow in a scene from ’Game of Thrones.’ Fans will have the chance to immerse themselves in their favorite show in Nashville next summer. The show’s fan site Watchers on the Wall said Tuesday, June 21, it will host a three-day convention there from June 30 to July 2, 2017. (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP) Scott D. Pierce: I’m voting for ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Crazy Ex’ — a lot
    As far as I’m concerned, “Game of Thrones” is the best show on TV. And “Crazy-Ex Girlfriend” deserves all the help it can get from critics. That’s wh...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 03:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Pop singer Kelly Clarkson performs at Usana Amphitheatre in West Valley City on Aug. 8, 2015. TV preview: Celebrate the Fourth on your couch
    If you’d rather watch fireworks on TV on Monday, you have choices. “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (7 and 9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5) features Ed S...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 03:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • United States’ Chaunte Lowe competes in the women’s high jump during the Athletics test event at the Rio Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, May 14, 2016. The track and field test event is the last of more than 40 tests events for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with the games opening in less than three months. The three-day test event ends Monday at Olympic Stadium in the northern neighborhood known as Engenho de Dentro. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) NBCUniversal to provide record 6,755 hours from Rio Olympics
    NBCUniversal’s TV and digital networks will show a record 6,755 hours of action during this summer’s Rio Olympics. The previous high was 5,535 hours f...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 06:23 pm   |     |   Share
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    A great white shark on Guadalupe Island. Courtesy Discovery Channel Tuesday on TV: It’s sharks and more sharks on Discovery
    Shark Week continues on the Discovery Channel with a couple of new programs tonight. “Wrath of a Great White Serial Killer” (10 p.m., Discovery) follo...
    Updated Jun 28 2016 03:46 pm   |     |   Share
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      Rashida Jones and Hayes MacArthur star in ’Angie Tribeca.’ Courtesy TBS Monday on TV: TBS’ ‘Angie Tribeca’ is big, dumb fun
    “Angie Tribeca” (7 p.m., TBS) is convinced that the death of a 102-year-old is suspicious — she thinks it was murder. Not all the gags in this cop com...
    Updated Jun 27 2016 02:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Sheila E., left, and Mayte Garcia stand on stage following a performance in tribute to Prince at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Prince tributes and Jesse Williams’ political moment at BET Awards
    The BET Awards — or “The Prince Tribute Show” — featured emotional and energetic performances from Sheila E., Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson honori...
    Updated Jun 27 2016 09:27 am   |     |   Share
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    This weekend on TV: ABC does a good job recounting Utah murder/hostage-taking incident
    On Saturday night, “20/20: In an Instant” (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) recounts a deadly hostage-taking at Alta View Hospital that happened 25 years ago – an i...
    Updated Jun 24 2016 12:30 pm   |     |   Share
  •   “Roadies” stars Rafe Spall as Reg, Colson Baker as Wes, Imogen Poots as Kelly Ann, Carla Gugino as Shelli Anderson, Luke Wilson as Bill Hanson, Peter Cambor as Milo, Luis Guzman as Gooch, Finesse Mitchell as Harvey and Keisha Castle-Hughes as Donna. Courtesy  |  Showtime Scott D. Pierce: Despite pedigree, ‘Roadies’ is mediocre at best
    It’s impossible to go into Showtime’s “Roadies” without huge expectations. The new series (Sunday, 11 p.m.) was created by Cameron Crowe, who won a s...
    Updated Jun 24 2016 09:50 am   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Starz shows Tobias Menzies as Frank Randall in a scene from the second season of ’Outlander.’  Menzies plays two roles in the popular time-travel series. (Neil Davidson/Starz via AP) Tobias Menzies: 1 actor shines with 2 ‘Outlander’ characters
    “Outlander”, Starz network’s genre- and time-spanning serial, boasts two of television’s most fascinating characters. They’re both played by Tobias Me...
    Updated Jun 24 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
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    Thursday on TV: ‘Queen of the South’ is sort of a female ‘Breaking Bad’
    It’s tough to try to follow “Breaking Bad,” but Netflix’s “Narcos” managed to carve out a place as a second high-quality drug-trade drama. It’s even h...
    Updated Jun 23 2016 02:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • TV preview: Alta View terror relived on ‘20/20’
    In 1991, Richard Worthington killed a nurse and took hostages at Alta View Hospital in Sandy — a crime that “20/20: In an Instant” recalls with surviv...
    Updated Jun 23 2016 02:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Scott D. Pierce: BYUtv pulls Mexican sketches off ‘Studio C’
    BYUtv’s sketch comedy show “Studio C” has made a huge impression on the internet, with tens of millions of views for some of its sketches. Two of tho...
    Updated Jun 23 2016 02:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Wednesday on TV: Viewers beware — ‘Big Brother’ is back
    “Big Brother” returns to CBS (7 p.m., Ch. 2), and “the theme of this season’s house is ‘summer vacation,’ showcasing design elements and decor that ce...
    Updated Jun 22 2016 01:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pennsylvania city council opposes ‘Cops’ filming in progress
    Hazleton, Pa. • The council of an eastern Pennsylvania city has voted to oppose letting the reality show “Cops” film its officers — even though the ei...
    Updated Jun 22 2016 08:09 am   |     |   Share
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    Tuesday on TV: ‘Person of Interest’ goes out with a bang; USA faces Argentina in huge soccer match
    After five seasons and 103 episodes, it’s a wrap for “Person of Interest” (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2). The show’s been canceled, and fans are promised some so...
    Updated Jun 21 2016 11:04 am   |     |   Share
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    Tony Shalhoub as Sen. Red Wheatus in “BrainDead.” Jeff Neumann  |  CBS Monday on TV: Don’t miss the amazing musical recap on ‘BrainDead’
    I realize this sounds sort of weird, but my absolute favorite part of tonight’s episode of “BrainDead” (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) is the recap of last week’s...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 11:36 am   |     |   Share
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    FILe - In this June 7, 2015 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) watches as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry dribbles during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. For months, the Cavaliers’ megastar has lived slightly under the radar, if that’s even possible for one of the world’s most famous and recognizable athletes. While Stephen Curry rained 3-pointers as the new face of the NBA, the Golden State Warriors hunted down history and Kobe Bryant took his final bows, James remained in the background awaiting his turn. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) This weekend on TV: NBA Finals final vs. ‘Game of Thrones’ battle
    We know for sure that an NBA champion will be crowned on Sunday (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4). It’s Game 7, and somebody has to win. But will it be defending ch...
    Updated Jun 17 2016 02:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • Jodie Comer stars in ’Thirteen.’  Photo: Courtesy BBC America Summer TV preview: From alien bugs to castaways to vice principals, an abundance of new shows
    Once upon a time, summer was a time to, if not quit TV cold turkey, at least cut back. Or, maybe, catch reruns of episodes you missed during the regul...
    Updated Jun 18 2016 06:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by FX, Denis Leary portrays Johnny Rock in a scene from, ’Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.’ (Patrick Harbron/FX via AP) Here’s your rundown of returning TV programs this summer
    In addition to all the new TV shows premiering this summer, dozens of returning shows begin airing new episodes. Some have started already: “American...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 10:57 am   |     |   Share