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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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Crews work during a rehearsal at the University of Denver in Denver, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, where the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled for Oct. 3. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Wednesday on Utah TV: It's Obama vs. Romney

At long last, it's this year's first presidential debate (7 p.m., Channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 13, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, FNC, FBN, MSNBC). President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney face off at the University of Denver.

It's not that I've been all that anxious to see the debate. But I am extraordinarily tired of the unending, mind-numbing "analysis" of the upcoming event that has been all over television news.

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The TV pundits are like football "experts" giving preseason analysis. They don't really have a clue how things are going to turn out, but they talk like they do.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Supernatural (8 p.m., CW/Ch.30): Dean escapes from purgatory, but his reunion with Sam isn't what he thought it would be. (Season premiere)

The X Factor (8:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The singers who made it through auditions head to boot camp.

Survivor: Philippines (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): One of the contestants is hurt during a challenge.

The Middle (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): After she gets fired, Frankie goes to tech school.

Animal Practice (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A boy is left at the animal hospital.

The Neighbors (9:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The humans take the aliens to the mall.

Guys with Kids (9:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Nick gets overly competitive for a school project - a plot we've seen approximately 11 million times before in other sitcoms.

South Park (11 p.m., Comedy Central): Cartman finally admits he's fat and gets a mobility scooter.

Ket & Peele (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central): In one sketch, President Obama and his anger translator speaking to Mitt Romney.



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