The disappearance of Susan Powell takes center stage tonight on Dateline (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5). For locals who couldn't have avoided coverage of the story if they'd tried, there's not going to be much of anything new.
Obviously, the story isn't as high-profile in other parts of the country. And you could certainly argue that publicizing the 2-year-old case could help solve it.
But as is so often the case with "Dateline," it takes real-life crime story and turns it into something resembling a bad TV movie. It's almost embarrassing - the ominous music, the film footage manipulated to look sinister, the over-the-top narration.
"This began as a search for a missing woman, but there is so much more you haven't heard," intones NBC's Keith Morrison. "Wild allegations of abuse, of religious conspiracies, of sexual deviance."
Morrison has interviews with Susan Powell's husband, Josh; with Josh's father; and with investigators from the West Valley police.
Maybe you have to package the story like bad melodrama to get people to watch. But how sad - how disturbing - is that?
Elsewhere on TV ...
Frosty the Snowman (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) is a holiday classic. Frosty Returns (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), not so much.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (7 and 8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The team helps build a home for the family of a teen who lost his hand in an accident.
Chuck (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Chuck tries to track down a computer virus.
Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): An arson case exposes an enduring family feud.
|1.||Mormon church traces black priesthood ban to Brigham Young|
|2.||University of Utah study: Lizard lungs work like birds’, and nobody knows why|
|3.||NSA head says metadata program key tool against terrorism|
|4.||Friends rally to help former Utah football star Bronzell Miller, given two weeks to live|
|5.||Few searchers remain in quest for 5 missing in central Idaho plane crash|
|6.||Mitt Romney documentary a standout amid Sundance’s stars|
|7.||University of Utah students protest over diversity concerns|
|8.||All I want for Christmas is a new Christmas song|
|9.||Restaurant review: Menu misses at The Annex in Sugar House|
|10.||‘A Snow White Christmas’ brings new family tradition to Salt Lake City, panto style|