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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune) Real Salt Lake celebrates a goal against LA Galaxy during the Western Conference Championship at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA on Sunday, November 6, 2011.
This weekend on TV: RSL opens the season — and in HD!

It's a new season and a new local TV contract for Utah's Major League Soccer franchise.

It's Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday at 8 p.m. on KTVX-Channel 4. That's right, Channel 4. It's the first of 10 games that will air on KTVX this season, with another 20 on sister station KUCW-Channel 30. And all 30 games will be in high definition.

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That's great news.

The only better news would be if RSL can beat the Galaxy.

Elsewhere on Friday ...

NBA (5p.m., ROOT and NBATV): Utah Jazz at Philadelphia 76ers

Undercover Boss (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The CEO of the Oriental Trading Company goes under cover.

Who Do You Think You Are? (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Retired Steelers star Jerome Bettis learns about his family history.

Men's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Pacific at BYU

Men's college basketball: Pac-12 tournament semifinals - Arizona vs. Oregon State (7 p.m., ROOT/FSN); California vs. Colorado (9:30 p.m., ROOT/FSN)

The Mentalist (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): An original episode on an unusual night. Is CBS testing the waters for a possible schedule change? Could be. In this episode, a terminally ill salesman is murdered.

Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Nick investigates an arson-related homicide.

Merlin (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): An eerie shrine turns out to be dangerous.

Blue Bloods (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Danny investigates when a witness in Erin's murder case is also murdered.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9 p.m., Cartoon Network): Savage Oppress searches for Darth Maul.

The Ultimate Fighter Live (10 p.m., FX): A new channel and a new format for this show in which contestants face off for a UFC contract. (And, no, it's not live here.)

Spartacus (11 p.m., Starz): Spartacus and his men try to free the fighters enslaved in foreign wars.

Elsewhere on Saturday ...

Men's college basketball: Pac-12 title game (4 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); WAC title game (10 p.m., ESPN2)

NBA (6 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Chicago Bulls

Being Human (7 and 10 p.m., BBC America): Hal needs to find a job.

Men's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Pacific at BYU

The Firm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Mitch defends a woman accused of kidnapping a baby.

Game Change (10 p.m., HBO): Highly entertaining retellng of how John McCain (Ed Harris) chose Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) as his running mate - and what happened next.

Saturday Night Live (10:30 p.m., Ch. 30): Jonah Hill hosts; the Shins perform.

Elsewhere on Sunday ...

NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show (4 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Who gets into the tournament - and which bracket they're assigned to - will be announced.

60 Minutes (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The former head of Israel's intelligence service discusses the Iranian nuclear question.

The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): As the teams race through Italy, a random act of kindness leaves one team in tears.

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Emma hires Ruby as her assistant.

Harry's Law (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Another new time slot for this show. And Harry acts in an ethically questionable way when it comes to settling a case.

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Homer's mother (voiced by Glenn Close) returns in an episode that finds Homer wetting the bed.

The Walking Dead (7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., AMC): Someone dangerous is stalking the farm.

Army Wives (7 p.m., Lifetime): Trevor isn't happy about the houseguests.

Bob's Burgers (7:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): In the second-season premiere, the kids hunt for treasure in an abandoned taffy factory. Some people like this show. I'm not one of them.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Alicia helps Colin Sweeney fight a sexual misconduct claim.

Desperate Housewives (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Tom's girlfriend has some shocking news for Lynette.

Celebrity Apprentice (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The teams have to organize an event to unveil a new car.

CSI: Miami (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The Miami Taunter strikes again.

GCB (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Carlene plots revenge against Amanda.

Luck (10 p.m., HBO): Jerry tries to get into a poker tournament.

Shameless (10 p.m., Showtime): Monica returns.

Breakout Kings (11 p.m., A&E): A group of convicts escapes by tunneling out of prison.

Eastbound & Down (11 p.m., HBO): Kenny blames his problems on baby Toby.

House of Lies (11 p.m., HBO): Another firm makes things tough on Marty.

Life's Too Short (11:30 p.m., HBO): Warwick goes to Ricky and Stephen for advice about his divorce.

Californication (11 p.m., HBO): Hank runs into trouble his first day on the set.



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