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There’s a lot of football — both college and pro — on this weekend between Christmas and New Year’s. Friday on TV ... College football: Heart of Dallas Bowl — Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech (11 a.m., ESPN); Quick Lane Bowl …

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  • 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees Tom Hanks, and Sting share a laugh as they gather with Patricia McBride, front left,  Lily Tomlin, front right, and Al Green, right, following the State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf) TV preview: Kennedy Center honors shine
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    Updated Dec 26 2014 05:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This file image released by CBS shows, front row from left,  Jess Weixler, Matt Czuchry and Julianna Margulies in a scene from Scott D. Pierce: It’s true: 55 shows set to record on my DVR
    Elsewhere at The Salt Lake Tribune, I’ve offered my list of the Top 10 TV Shows of 2014. By way of full disclosure, year-end lists are not my favorit...
    Updated Dec 26 2014 05:25 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Courtesy photo)   A scene from Christmas Eve/Christmas Day on TV: Holiday specials, football and basketball
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    Updated Dec 24 2014 10:24 am   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)   Will (Josh Charles) is furious when he learns that Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is quitting his firm on Top 10s: ‘The Good Wife’ is still TV’s top show
    From a strong-willed lawyer/mom to a pregnant virgin to a headless horseman, television had plenty to offer viewers in 2014. The difficulty is not fin...
    Updated Dec 27 2014 10:32 am   |     |   Share

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    Tuesday on TV: BYU, Utah and One Direction
    It’s almost Christmas … which means there’s not much of anything new on TV. Some local sports and One Directino. Really. Men’s college basketball: UMa...
    Updated Dec 23 2014 11:00 am   |     |   Share
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    Pret and Jeff courtside in TLC will profile gay Mormons who are in straight marriages in TV special
    TLC has already brought us not one but two reality shows about Utah polygamists. Now the cable network is about to bring us a show about gay Utahns wh...
    Updated Dec 26 2014 04:53 pm   |     |   Share
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    Monday on TV: Don’t forget -- BYU game is at noon
    If you’re a BYU football fan, hopefully you either took today off or you can watch TV at work. Because the Miami Beach Bowl kicks off at noon on ESPN....
    Updated Dec 22 2014 10:48 am   |     |   Share

Scott D. Pierce: 13 TV shows worth getting excited about
    We’re in sort of a fallow period for TV right now — lots of repeats because programmers figure most of us are too busy with the holidays to spend much...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 09:58 am   |     |   Share
  • Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission
    New York • Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission. The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that, after months of chemotherapy, he soon will begi...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 01:33 pm   |     |   Share
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    BYU's Alexa Gray, right, hits as Texas's Chiaka Ogbogu (11) and Paulina Prieto Cerame (19) go up for an attempted block during an NCAA college volleyball tournament semifinal in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. BYU won to advance to the finals. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) This weekend on TV; Utah, USU go bowling; BYU can win a national championship
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    Updated Dec 19 2014 01:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this Sept. 8, 2010 photo released by Comedy Central, host Stephen Colbert appears during the Thursday on TV: Oh no! It’s the end of ‘The Colbert Report’
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    Updated Dec 18 2014 03:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Sept. 8, 2010 photo released by Comedy Central, host Stephen Colbert appears during the Scott D. Pierce: Big late-night changes here for Craig Ferguson, Stephen Colbert, Dave Letterman
    It’s kind of a sad week for fans of late-night TV. We’re losing Craig Ferguson, maybe. We’re losing one version of Stephen Colbert, apparently forever...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 01:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)   A scene from TV preview: You’ll shoot your eye out!
    “I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot range model air rifle!” says Ralphie. “No, you’ll shoot your eye out,” replies his mother. And...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 01:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Wednesday on TV: Geez, who to root for in the ‘Survivor’ finale?
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    Updated Dec 17 2014 05:54 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this Dec. 9, 2014 photo released by iHeartradio, singer Carrie Underwood performs at an album release party for her first hits collection,  Monday on TV: Ugh. Yet another country music awards show
    Here’s just what we need. Yet another country music award show. Because there hasn’t been one, in what, 10 days? At any rate, scheduled performers at ...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 01:59 pm   |     |   Share

Trainer Jen Widerstrom and former Utah quarterback Scott Mitchell on “The Biggest Loser.” Trae Patton  |  NBC Scott D. Pierce: Former Utah quarterback Scott Mitchell is glad he’s now a big loser
    Scott Mitchell showed up at University of Utah football practice a few days ago, and people were surprised. Not because he was there. Mitchell quarte...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 09:16 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby performs during a show at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla. For five decades, Bill Cosby maintained a busy standup career even as his TV visibility rose and fell and new generations of comedians took center stage. But the renewal of sexual assault claims that have soured TV and other comeback deals for Cosby are undermining the live performances that represent his direct avenue to fans and a semblance of business as usual. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) Bill Cosby breaks silence on the media, his wife
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    Updated Dec 14 2014 04:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • Jake Lucas as John Darling, Taylor Louderman as Wendy Darling, Allison Williams as Peter Pan, John Allyn as Michael Darling in DVD review: ‘Peter Pan Live’ is just sort of weird — and pointless
    Grade • B- DVD • NBC’s “Peter Pan Live” is sort of a weird anachronism — a remake of the 1960 production that starred Mary Martin and wowed TV audienc...
    Updated Dec 13 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson provides ‘Wake Up Call’ in new TV series
    New York • Dwayne Johnson says it was impossible not to take his work home with him on his new TNT reality series, “Wake Up Call.” “By the end of the ...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 09:33 am   |     |   Share

Buddy and Jovie in TV preview: ‘Elf’ is updated in new special
    Who says they don’t make holiday TV specials the way they used to? “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas” is a stop-motion animated hour that’s brand-new an...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Despite elimination, Utah chef still has a chance at ‘Top Chef’ title
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    Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in the 200th episode of Thursday on TV: ‘Bones’ turns 200 episodes old with blast-from-the-past episode
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    Updated Dec 11 2014 10:57 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Dec 11 2014 03:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Oct. 2, 2013 photo released by USA Network shows the cast of Real drama casts shadow over ‘Chrisley Knows Best’
    On camera, the family on USA’s “Chrisley Knows Best” has briefly addressed son Kyle’s second-season absence, saying he’s “going through a difficult ti...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 03:55 pm   |     |   Share