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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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Wednesday on Utah TV: "SVU" echoes Rihanna and Chris Brown

In this week's ripped-from-the-headlines episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5), a promising young singer is beaten up by her hip-hop star boyfriend - and then she refuses to cooperate with the police.

Any resemblance to Rihanna and Chris Brown are strictly coincidental. Not.

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Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): There's a shift in alliances - and all the accompanying drama you might expect.

The Middle (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Axl, Sue and Brick break a window and blame it on the neighbors.

Whitney (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Whitney isn't happy when Alex starts riding motorcycles again.

American Idol (7 p.m. Fox/Ch. 13): Ten more male finalists perform.

Arrow (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Deadshot is alive and targeting Malcom.

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Atlanta Hawks at Utah Jazz

Stranded (7 and 9 p.m., Syfy): In Syfy's latest paranormal show, three people are "stranded" in a "haunted" location while cameras roll.

Boston's Finest (7 and 9 p.m., TNT): Reality show about Boston police officers premieres.

The Neighbors (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The Weavers and Bird-Kersees go camping.

Guys with Kids (7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Nick and Emily throw a divorce party for Chris.

Criminal Minds (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Victims of the Replicator, the BAU's stalker, turn up in Philadelphia.

Modern Family (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Gloria doesn't trust the new nanny.

Battle for Elephants (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A report on how the demand for ivory threatens the future of elephants.

Supernatural (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): An amnesiac dies and revives himself every day.

Southland (8 and 9 p.m., TNT): John is assigned a new partner.

Suburgatory (8:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Tessa stresses about the future of her relationship with Ryan.

CSI (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A bunch of big-time poker players are killed.

Nashville (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Juliette plans a surprise birthday party for Deacon.

Chicago Fire (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Severide's father (Treat Williams) visits and get into an argument with the chief.

Top Chef: Seattle (11 p.m., Bravo): A winner is declared in the season finale.

The Americans (11 p.m., FX): Philip and Elizabeth are tasked with infiltrating the FBI's new communications encryption system.

Psych (11 p.m., USA): In the seventh-season premiere, Henry fights for his life after being shot.

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