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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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This weekend on TV: Can Real Salt Lake take down Seattle again?

Real Salt Lake travels to Seattle to take on the Sounders in the first leg of the MLS playoffs (8 p.m., NBCSN) - a rematch of their 2011 playoff series.

For those of you who haven't caught on to the quirks of soccer, this is actually the first half of what amounts to a single match. The score from tonight's game will be added to the score of the Nov. 8 game in Rio Tinto Stadium.

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A year ago, RSL won 3-0 at home; Seattle won 2-0 at home; RSL won 3-2 overall and advanced to the West Conference finals.

If the two teams are tied on aggregate after the Nov. 8 game, then we'll head to overtime. If they're still tied after OT, then we'll head to a shootout.

Friday on TV ...

Women's college volleyball (3 p.m., P12N): Utah at Colorado

NBA (6 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at New Orleans Hornets

Undercover Boss (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods goes under cover

Last Man Standing (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mike is a big Romney supporter; the rest of his family leans Obama. (Season premiere)

Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Matt Lauer hosts this one-hour telethon to benefit American Red Cross relief efforts. Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Jimmy Fallon are scheduled to appear.

Malibu Country (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Reba McEntire stars in this predictable but not entirely unlikable sitcom as the wife of a philandering country music star who leaves him and moves to Malibu.

CSI: NY (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A woman dressed in a ball gown is found at the bottom of a pond in Central Park.

Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): There's a brutal, vigilante homicide.

Fringe (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The team responds to devastating events.

Blue Bloods (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A man is stabbed by a guy dressed as the spirit of death.

Jungle Gold (11 p.m., Discovery): The guys are threatened by floods and a dangerous farmer.

Saturday on TV ...

College football: Texas State at Utah State (1 p.m., KMYU); Washington State at Utah (P12N)

Women's college volleyball (1 p.m., BYUtv): Loyola Marymount at BYU

MLS playoffs (6 p.m., NBCSN): D.C. United at New York Red Bulls

Men's college basketball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Findlay at BYU

We Bought a Zoo (9:15 p.m., HBO): A widower (Matt Damon) buys a dilapidated zoo in this 2002 film. (Rated PG)

The New Normal (10 p.m., Ch. 30): Bryan goes overboard with Halloween - including a trip to the pumpkin patch with his pal, Nicole Richie.

21 Jump Street (10 p.m., Starz): Dumb, funny 2012 comedy. (Rated R)

Saturday Night Live (10:30 p.m., Ch. 30): Louis C.K. hosts; Fun performs.

Sunday on TV ...

MLS playoffs (1:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Sporting Kansas City at Houston Dynamo

NFL: Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals (11 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers (11 a.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (2 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons (6:20 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The teams race to Istanbul, where - for the first time ever - one team steals another team's money.

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Emma chases Captain Hook up a beanstalk in search of a magic compass.

Call the Midwife (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Sister Monica Joan is accused of theft. (Season finale)

The X Factor (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The finalists perform.

The Walking Dead (7, 8 and 10 p.m., AMC): The group is separated.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): An unexpected problem gets in the way of Peter's campaign.

Revenge (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mason Treadwell digs for information about Emily and Amanda.

Masterpiece Classic (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): In "Upstairs, Downstairs," Sir Hallam suffers the consequences of his actions.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The victims of a kidnapping may not be who the kidnappers thought they were.

666 Park Avenue (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Dr. Evans ends up in debt to Gavin.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta (10 p.m., Bravo): Another season of this godawful show begins.

Boardwalk Empire (10 p.m., HBO): Nucky makes an offer to Andrew Mellon.

Dexter (10 p.m., Showtime): LaGuerta tries to dig up new evidence in the Bay Harbor Butcher case.

Treme (11 p.m., HBO): Annie sits in with the Neville Brothers.

Homeland (11 p.m. Showtime): Brody agrees to help Carrie and Quinn prevent an attack on America, but his loyalty is called into question.



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