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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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(In the wake of the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, FRONTLINE investigates a young man, Adam Lanza (shown in 2005), who left behind a trail of death and destruction, but little else. Courtesy photo)
Tuesday on Utah TV: There's an odd mix of real and fictional serial killers

In the wake of the Newtown massacre, PBS tackles the tough issue of guns with a series of programs.

After Newtown: Guns in America (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7) looks at the evolution of guns in this country and how they're linked to violence in our society. Then Frontline (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7) airs the troubling report "Raising Adam Lanza," which looks into the background and possible motives of the Newtown shooter.

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This is the kind of reporting you're not going to find elsewhere on TV.

Ironically, yet another show about serial killers premieres tonight. Cult (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30) is a show-within-a-show in which real and fictional murders mix.

Utah Matt Davis is very appealing as the guy trying to figure out exactly what's happening, but the pilot is a confusing mess.

Elsewhere on TV ...

NCIS (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Vance uncovers information that leaves him shaken.

The Taste (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Contestants have to create the perfect sandwich.

Betty White's Off Their Rockers (7 and 7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): More practical jokes.

Raising Hope (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Sabrina is visited by the ghost of Arbor Day past, present and future.

Heart of Dixie (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Lavon helps Tom with his relationship.

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

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz

NCIS: Los Angeles (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Deeks and Kensi follow a suspicious trail.

The Bachelor (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Sean talks about the season so far.

Go On (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Ryan has a new assistant - Terrell Owens.

New Girl (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Schmidt finds a new and highly coveted parking spot.

Cougar Town (8 p.m, TBS): Buyers are looking at Grayson's house; Wade returns from Afghanistan.

The Mindy Project (8:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Mindy is asked to host a medical segment on the local news.

Vegas (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A actress makes life tough at the Savoy.

Body of Proof (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): In the season premiere, Megan returns to work several months after Peter's death. And deals with a serial killer.

Pretty Little Liars (9 and 11 p.m., ABC Family): Detective Wilden tries to hide his secrets.

Smash (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Julia and Tom are asked to work with a new collaborator.

The Lying Game (10 p.m., ABC Family): Sutton is losing faith in her mother.

Justified (11 p.m., FX): Raylan faces an old enemy who's out for revenge.

White Collar (11 p.m., USA): Peter and Neal take different approaches to stop a pair of thieves.

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