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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) Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Tony Awards on Sunday at 7 p.m. on CBS/Ch. 2.
Weekend TV in Utah: Neil Patrick Harris is the awards show host with the most

The Tony Awards (Sunday, 7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) are the least accessible of the major awards, if only because so few of us get to Broadway.

They also tend to be among the most entertaining to watch because (a) we get to see musical numbers, including one from "The Book of Mormon," and (b) Neil Patrick Harris is hosting. And he's the best awards-show host, period. NPH should host ALL the awards shows.

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Hey, the man won an Emmy for hosting the 2009 Tonys.

Elsewhere on Friday ...

Whale Wars (7 and 9 p.m. Animal Planet): A Japanese security ship is headed straight for the Steve Irwin.

Fairly Legal (10 p.m. USA): Lauren is smitten with a wealthy businessman.

Common Law (11 p.m., USA): Travis' ex-partner causes trouble.

Elsewhere on Saturday ...

Horse racing (2:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The Belmont Stakes. (Post time is 4:35 p.m.)

Stanley Cup Final (6 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Game 5 - Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils

Arena Football (7 p.m., Ch. 2.2): Chicago Rush at Utah Blaze

How to Be a Gentleman (7:30 p.m. CBS/Ch. 2): CBS burns off another episode of this awful sitcom.

The Hangover Part II (10 p.m., HBO): 2011 sequel. (Rated R)

Elsewhere on Sunday ...

Secret Millionaire (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The founders of Anytime Fitness look for deserving people in Oklahoma City.

The Killing (7 and 11:08 p.m., AMC): In an episode titled "Donnie or Marie," the killer is within Sarah and Holder's reach.

Drop Dead Diva (7 and 11:01 p.m., Lifetime): Jane and Grayson work together on one case; Kim represents her father in another.

Untamed Americas (7 and 8 p.m.; 10 and 11 p.m., National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild): A look at the mountainlands of the Americas; then the deserts.

Mad Men (8 and 10:04 p.m., AMC): In the season finale, there are opportunities for just about everybody and Pete meets a stranger on a train.

The Glades (10 p.m., A&E): A dead body clothed in a mermaid costume washes ashore.

True Blood (10 p.m., HBO): The Authority confronts Bill and Eric; Sookie and Lafayette have a mess to clean up. (Season premiere)

Nurse Jackie (10 p.m., Showtime): Jackie takes control of the ER.

Sister Wives (10 and 10:30 p.m., TLC): Kody and his brothers go looking for fun in Sin City; the teenagers return to Utah for a visit.

The Big C (10:30 p.m., Showtime): Cathy learns to scuba dive.

Longmire (11 p.m., A&E): A man and his award-winning horses are killed in a barn fire.

Veep (11 p.m. HBO): Selina travels to Ohio to endorse a candidate who doesn't want her endorsement. (Season finale)

The Borgias (11 p.m., Showtime): Lucrezia's lover proposes; Cesare makes a big decision.

Girls (11:30 p.m., HBO): Hannah starts work at Grumpy Café.



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