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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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(Courtesy photo) The 10 best TV shows of 2013: Jack Gleeson in "Game of Thrones."
This weekend on TV in Utah: The battle begins on "Game of Thrones"

Some fans of Game of Thrones (Sunday, 10 p.m., HBO) have indicated that they were somewhat disappointed with the first couple of episodes of Season 2. That, after the excitement at the end of Season 1, the slow build wasn't what they were hoping to see.

First, I can't say that I agree. I've loved every episode of Season 2.

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As for the structure of the season, don't forget that - as was the case with Season 1 - it's based on one of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice" novels. (Season 1 was actually "Game of Thrones"; Season 2 is "A Clash of Kings.")

And, being structured like a novel, it's building toward a climax. Multiple climaxes, actually.

The action gets hot and heavy on Sunday when Stannis' fleet attacks King's Landing. And that leads into the June 3 season finale.

"Game of Thrones" is a massive production with a huge cast and multiple storylines. It's also just plain great fun.

Elsewhere on Friday ...

College baseball (6 p.m., BYUtv): Gonzaga at BYU

Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): If you're looking to catch up on this series - which has been renewed for a second season - this is a repeat of the pilot.

Goat Rodeo Live: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): The four virtuosos combine bluegrass and classical music.

Insane or Inspired? (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): Each episode of this new show "will count down the craziest, most hilarious and exciting videos from the internet that lean into the world of imagination, invention, and extreme experiences." First up - the "25 wildest home-brewed superheroes."

Elsewhere on Saturday ...

College baseball (1 p.m., BYUtv): Gonzaga at BYU

How to be a Gentleman (7 and 7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): CBS burns off a couple of episodes of this really bad sitcom, which was yanked after three episodes aired last fall.

Arena Football (7 p.m., Ch. 2.2): San Antonio Talons at Utah Blaze

Major League Soccer (7 p.m., Ch. 30): FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake

Moneyball (7:45 p.m., Starz): Brad Pitt stars as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane in this 2011 film. (Rated PG-13)

The Firm (8 and 9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Mitch defends a woman charged with soliciting; Mitch defends an unstable novelist accused of murder.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (9 p.m., HBO): 2011 sequel. (Rated PG)

Elsewhere on Sunday ...

Auto racing (3:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600

Harry's Law (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): When Harry's ex-husband is found dead and no one claims the body, Harry is forced to plan his funeral. (Series finale)

Mermaids: The Body Found (7 and 9 p.m., Animal Planet): Animal Planet should be embarrassed to air this baloney.

The Killing (7 and 11:08 p.m., AMC): Richmond gets a boost in his race for mayor.

Mad Men (8 and 10:04 p.m., AMC): Don struggles with a pitch.

NYC 22 (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A paroled drug lord is looking for revenge.

Sister Wives (10 and 10:30 p.m., TLC): Christine confronts Robyn; family members take questions from viewers.

Mob Wives (9 p.m., VH1) and Mob Wives Chicago (10 p.m., VH1): The thinking at VH1 is that you can never have too many mob wives. One show was bad enough, two shows is ridiculous.

Veep (11 p.m., HBO): Selina reveals a secret to Amy.

Girls (11:30 p.m., HBO): Hannah discovers something about Adam.



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