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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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Thursday on Utah TV: It's another schizophrenic episode of "Glee"

In this week's episode of Glee (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13), grads spend Thanksgiving trying to get the glee club ready for sectionals.

Eight episodes into Season 4, one thing has become absolutely clear. Producer Ryan Murphy & Co. should have either made this a show about what's happening in New York or restocked the cast and continued as a high school-centric show. This bifurcation isn't genius, it's a failed attempt to have your cake and eat it too.

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Of course, it might have helped if the new characters weren't just clones of the old characters. Sigh.

Elsewhere on TV ...

NFL (6 p.m., NFL Network): New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

The Big Bang Theory (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Sheldon and Wolowitz fight over a parking spot.

Last Resort (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The islanders and the crew celebrate Thanksgiving together. Weird.

30 Rock (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Liz and Criss step up their efforts to start a family.

The X Factor (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Contestants are eliminated.

The Vampire Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Jeremy is having terrifying nightmares.

Rocket City Rednecks (7 and 9 p.m., NGC): The guys enter a NASA contest and try to build a rocket.

Two and a Half Men (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Alan starts dating an actress.

Up All Night (7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Reagan is surprised to learn Ava has new friends.

Person of Interest (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The numbers of both a man and his wife come up.

Grey's Anatomy (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Pretty much everybody is caught up in romantic problems.

The Office (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5); Angela finds out her husband is having an affair.

Beauty and the Beast (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): J.T. Thinks Vincent might have killed a college student.

Parks and Recreation (8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Leslie asks the public for park-design suggestions.

Elementary (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Sherlock investigates an explosion that killed two people.

Scandal (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Olivia and the White House staff prepare to celebrate the president's 50th birthday.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (11 p.m., FX): The gang gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity.



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