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It’s the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4), and to celebrate it will be preceded by the appropriately titled “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown” (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4). Kristen Bell hosts the special, which …

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  • Courtesy  |  NBCUniversal  Izzy Diaz as Isaac, Alex Meneses as Isabela, Amaury Nolasco as Rodrigo, Eva Longoria as Ana Sofia, Jencarlos Canela as Xavier, Diana Maria Riva as Mimi, Jadyn Douglas as Roxie, and Jose Moreno Brooks as Gael in “Telenovela.” Scott D. Pierce: NBC just can’t find the funny anymore
    Dying is easy. Comedy is hard. Just ask the folks at NBC, whose inability to put a decent sitcom on the air is killing them. Just take a look at the ...
    Updated Nov 30 2015 10:52 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, Brian Williams, then anchor and managing editor of ’NBC Nightly News,’ speaks at the Women’s Conference in Long Beach, Calif. Williams has settled in his new job at MSNBC. He lost his job in February as NBC’s ’Nightly News’ anchor for misleading viewers about his role in news stories. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) Brian Williams settles into new job at MSNBC
    Coming out of a commercial break shortly before 11:20 a.m., Brian Williams had slipped into the anchor chair on MSNBC Tuesday as President Barack Obam...
    Updated Nov 30 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by NBC, Stephanie Mills portrays Auntie Em, left, and Shanice Williams portrays Dorothy in ’The Wiz Live!’ premiering on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Williams, a 19-year-old New Jersey native chosen from hundreds of hopefuls, had already appeared in her middle-school production of ’The Wiz.’  (Virginia Sherwood/NBC via AP) Easing on down that tuneful road — live
    Soon, a determined girl named Dorothy will ease on down that road in NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” Hers is an odyssey that began in 1900 with the publication ...
    Updated Nov 28 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah State Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) runs down some yardage before running out of bounds.  Brigham Young University Cougars lead 10-7 after the first quarter during their matchup against  Utah State University Aggies  Friday, October 4, 2013 in Logan. This weekend on TV: Rivalry week? Well, we’ve got CU-Utah and BYU-USU
    It’s the last weekend of the college football regular season (at least here in Utah) and all three of our FBS teams are in action. In the non-rivalry ...
    Updated Nov 27 2015 02:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • The United States is the No. 2 consumer of wildlife products, trailing only China. Many of them end up here at the National Wildlife Property Repository, shown in the documentary ìRacing Extinction.î  Credit: Ethan Johnson/OPS ‘Racing Extinction’ wants to save the world
    Discovery and the filmmakers behind “Racing Extinction” have some very loft goals for their documentary. They want to create a social movement that wi...
    Updated Nov 27 2015 04:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • This photo provided by Crown Media shows, Mariah Carey as Melissa in ’A Christmas Melody,’ directed by Carey. Carey, Lacey Chabert, Brennan Elliott, Kathy Najimy and 10-year-old Broadway sensation Fina Strazza star in the holiday special that premieres on Dec. 19, 2015, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, on the Hallmark Channel. (Brian Douglas/Crown Media via AP) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY; MANDATORY CREDIT; NO ARCHIVE; NO SALES The Grinch, Mariah Carey join the holiday TV festivities
    It’s that most wonderful time of the TV year when we are visited again by the welcome ghosts of classic holiday programs past — hello again, Frosty th...
    Updated Nov 26 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • TV preview: ‘The Wiz Live!’ comes to NBC
    If we judge by NBC’s productions of “Peter Pan” and “The Sound of Music,” the three-hour “The Wiz Live!” will be too long. But it’s great that the net...
    Updated Nov 26 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
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    Thanksgiving on TV: Parade, football, dogs and a Mormon documentary about a Catholic saint
    It’s Thanksgiving Day, and the TV schedule is highlighted by a parade, football and dogs. Oh, and a Mormon-made documentary about a Catholic saint. Re...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 02:12 pm   |     |   Share
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    Wednesday on TV: PBS has Einstein and Fox has ‘Empire’
    One of the great things about TV is the variety it affords viewers. As clearly demonstrated tonight. On KUED, we’ve got “Nova” (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7) and...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 01:49 pm   |     |   Share
  •   The Peanuts gang break into song in ’A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ Courtesy  |  United Features Syndicate Inc. 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' is back for its 50th anniversary
    Over the past half-century, no TV show has become more a part of the holidays in America than “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” “Christmastime does not beg...
    Updated Nov 27 2015 09:41 am   |     |   Share
  • Behind the scenes on “Mom,” including executive producer Chuck Lorre and Allison Janney. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS Scott D. Pierce: Let’s hear it for sitcoms that deliver laughs
    No TV producer is more successful than Chuck Lorre. Not only does he have three hit sitcoms on the air now — “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mike & Molly” and...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 02:19 pm   |     |   Share
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    Tuesday on TV: Did early American settlers survive by cannibalism?
    Well, here’s something they didn’t teach us in school about early America settlers. They might have eaten each other. This week’s episode of “Secrets ...
    Updated Nov 24 2015 04:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    Monday on TV: CBS will air the delayed episodes of ‘Supergirl’ and ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’
    CBS is airing the episodes of “Supergirl” and “CSI: Los Angeles” that were originally scheduled to air last week — but were delayed in the wake of the...
    Updated Nov 23 2015 11:27 am   |     |   Share
  • Philip Winchester starred in ’The Player,’ which aired its final episode on Nov. 19. Greg Gayne  |  NBC Scott D. Pierce: Is your favorite show going to get the ax?
    Will your favorite show be back next season? Or is it headed for the TV trash heap? It’s certainly a bit early to say (in many cases), but here’s a s...
    Updated Nov 23 2015 11:53 am   |     |   Share
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    This weekend on TV: Lots of local football, and Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ starts streaming
    There’s a lot of local football on TV this weekend, both high school and college. On Friday, KJZZ-Ch. 14 will telecast the 3AA title game (Dixie vs. L...
    Updated Nov 20 2015 11:59 am   |     |   Share
  • John Carver (Ron Livingston), left, greets Massasoit (Raoul Trujillo) in “Saints & Strangers.” Courtesy  |  National Geographic Channel National Geographic’s ‘Saints & Strangers’ tells the real story of Thanksgiving
    Acting in a period piece is nothing new for Vincent Kartheiser. He did, after all, spend seven seasons playing often-amoral ad man Pete Campbell in th...
    Updated Nov 23 2015 08:42 am   |     |   Share
  •   Zeljko Ivanek as Chief of Staff  Russell Jackson, Keith Carradine as President Conrad Dalton, and Téa Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord. Sarah Shatz  |  CBS TV preview: Subterfuge, spies on ‘Madam Secretary’
    CBS’ “Madam Secretary” exists in sort of a parallel universe. It’s fictional, of course, but events parallel reality — like last week’s reopening of t...
    Updated Nov 19 2015 10:50 am   |     |   Share
  • Former ’Two and a Half Men’ star Charlie Sheen, right, is interviewed by Matt Lauer, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 on NBC’s ’Today’ in New York. In the interview, the 50-year-old Sheen said he tested positive four years ago for the virus that causes AIDS. (Peter Kramer/NBC via AP) Scott D. Pierce: Charlie Sheen heroic? Hasn’t happened yet
    Three decades ago, Rock Hudson was hailed as a hero when he went public with his HIV-positive status. After Charlie Sheen made the same admission, som...
    Updated Nov 19 2015 10:49 am   |     |   Share
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    Craig Sjodin  |  ABC  ’The Middle’ stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Atticus Shaffer as Brick, Eden Sher as Sue, and Neil Lynn as Mike. Wednesday on TV: ABC sitcoms get to Turkey Day a week early
    There’s a whole lot of Thanksgiving going on at ABC — in the network’s four Wednesday-night sitcoms that is. • On “The Middle” (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4), th...
    Updated Nov 18 2015 11:37 am   |     |   Share
  • Alexa Davalos stars as Juliana Crain in “The Man in The High Castle.”  Photo: Amazon What if America lost WWII? — the alternative history of ‘The Man in the High Castle’
    “The Man in the High Castle” creates a world almost unimaginable to American viewers — a United States that has been defeated by Nazi Germany and Impe...
    Updated Nov 19 2015 10:50 am   |     |   Share
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    TV review: ‘Chicago Med’ isn’t awful — it’s just another medical drama
    “Chicago Fire” is a decent, if underwhelming and unoriginal, TV show about firefighters. “Chicago P.D.” is a decent, if underwhelming and unoriginal, ...
    Updated Nov 17 2015 02:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Mukesh Singh is one of the men convicted of the gang-rape and murder of Jyoti Singh. He’s been sentenced to death.  Courtesy PBS Tuesday on TV: ‘India’s Daughter’ is gripping; ‘Chicago Med’ is not
    “Independent Lens” (11 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7) is an hourlong film that’s hard to watch, but you’ll find it difficult to look away. “India’s Daughter” is the...
    Updated Nov 17 2015 02:37 pm   |     |   Share
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    Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, in ’Supergirl.’  Photo: Darren Michaels/CBS Monday on TV: CBS switches ‘Supergirl,’ ‘NCIS: L.A.’ episodes after Paris terrorist attacks
    In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, CBS has switched out the episodes of “Supergirl” (7 p.m., Ch. 2) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (9 p...
    Updated Nov 16 2015 12:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)   (Clockwise from top left) Jeff Garlin, Wendi McLendon-Covey, George Segal, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia and Sean Giambrone star in the new ABC comedy “The Goldbergs.” Scott D. Pierce: ‘The Goldbergs’ undies will make you laugh — and squirm
    ABC’s “The Goldbergs” is a one of TV’s better comedies. One of the better family sitcoms of the last decade, for that matter. It’s based on creator/...
    Updated Nov 16 2015 09:03 am   |     |   Share