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Scott D. Pierce
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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Monday on TV: "20/20" goes behind the scenes of "Dancing With the Stars." Really.

Remember back when 20/20 (9 p.m., ABC/Ch.4) reported actual news?

Yeah, neither do I. It was a long, long time ago.

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The newsmagazine provides further proof that news is not a priority tonight when it does a hard-hitting report on Dancing with the Stars (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4).

I'm only kidding. About it being hard-hitting, that is.

Here's ABC's description of the "report":

"Dancing with the Stars" has become a part of America's television landscape and inspired millions around the world to waltz, cha-cha and samba. Now, for the first time in its 14 seasons, the hit show gives television cameras unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to see how the wildly unpredictable reality show comes together on and off the dance floor.

Hosted by "Good Morning America's" Lara Spencer and by actor, "Good Morning America" contributor and former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Cameron Mathison, "Dance Floor Confidential" takes viewers backstage to reveal the secrets to the music, the dance, the costumes, the tanning, the judges, and even the tension and high octane pressure that make the show one of the most competitive on TV.

Also, former "Dancing with the Stars" favorites including Kirstie Alley, Joey Fatone, Julianne Hough, Ricki Lake and Mario Lopez talk candidly about the show that brought them a new level of fame, and in some cases, some dramatic weight loss.

It doesn't really matter that ABC is doing an hourlong advertisement for one of its own shows. But why further damage the "20/20" brand by attaching that to it?

Sigh.

Elsewhere on TV ...

The Voice (7 p.m., NBC/Ch 5): The live, quarterfinal performances. Which are, of course, tape-delayed in this time zone.

Bones (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): An employee at a trucking company is found dead in the woods.

Gossip Girl (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Nate uncovers some shocking info about Diana.

Eureka (7 and 9 p.m., Syfy): A month has passed and the town continues searching for the missing Astraeus crew.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (7 and 10 p.m. Travel): Tony travels to the Croatian coast.

House (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): A boy wakes from nightmares about being choked and he still can't breathe.

Hart of Dixie (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Wade wakes up with a massive hangover and an uninvited guest.

Lost Girl (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): A stag hunt will determine who will become the next Ash.

20/20 (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A behind-the-scenes report on "Dancing with the Stars." Because it's just so darn fascinating. Sort of.

Smash (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Eileen's ex-husband meets her boyfriend; Julia panics when she can't find her son.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager (9 p.m., ABC Family): George and Kathleen bond.



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