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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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AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Pictured: "America's Got Talent" Key Art: (l-r) Nick Cannon, Sharon Osbourne, Howard Stern, Howie Mandel -- (Photo by: NBC)
Monday on TV: Howard Stern holds the moral high ground over the Parents Television Council

Howard Stern holds the moral high ground right now over the Parents Television Council - which gives you some idea what to think about the PTC.

Stern, whose radio antics used to make headlines until he left broadcast for satellite, is joining the judging panel of America's Got Talent, which returns tonight (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5).

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The PTC is calling for a boycott of the show. Which they haven't seen yet.

The reasoning is that because Stern is rude and crude on his radio show, he'll be rude and crude on "America's Got Talent."

By that logic, we should boycott every G-rated movie that stars an actor who has ever been in an R-rated movie.

I don't know how crude Stern will be on "AGT." I haven't seen the show yet. And I don't review shows I haven't seen. Because that would be unethical.

If the PTC wants to protest something that has actually happened, that's one thing. But unless they have a functioning crystal ball, protesting something they think might happen is a highly unethical thing to do.

Elsewhere on TV ...

How I Met Your Mother (7 and 7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Lily gives birth; the gang gathers for Barney's wedding. (Season finale)

Dancing with the Stars (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The remaining contestants perform.

America's Got Talent (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Auditions for the new season begin and Howard Stern joins the judging panel.

Bones (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Brennan becomes a murder suspect. (Season finale)

Gossip Girl (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Blair chooses between Dan and Chuck. (Season finale)

Eureka (7 and 9 p.m., Syfy): The crew moves forward after an ordeal.

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

Two and a Half Men (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Jake graduates from high school and decides to join the Army. (Season finale)

American Masters (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A profile of late-night king Johnny Carson.

House (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The team treats a cheerleader with physical and psychological problems.

Hart of Dixie (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Lemon and George get ready for the wedding. (Season finale)

Inside the Actors Studio (8 p.m., Bravo): The cast of "Mad Men" is interviewed.

Lost Girl (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): The search for a stolen Mongolian Death Worm.

Mike & Molly (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Mike and Molly get married. (Season finale)

The Bachelorette (8:31 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Emily Maynard meets the men, including Utahn Jef Holm.

Hawaii Five-O (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A member of the team is killed. (Season finale)

Smash (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5):

The Secret Life of the American Teenager (9 and 11 p.m., ABC Family): George tries to help Amy study so she does fail.

The Weight of the Nation (9 and 10 p.m., HBO): This documentary series about obesity in America begins with an episode that looks at the longterm consequences; then moves on to an exploration of various weight-loss methods.

Make It Or Break It (10 p.m., ABC Family): Lauren battles to make the Olympic team. (Series finale - ABC Family has announced it isn't ordering another season.)



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