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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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(Jim Urquhart | The Salt Lake Tribune) RSL's Javier Morales and San Jose's Javier Robles go for a header during MLS soccer action Saturday, March 27, 2010 at Buck Shaw Field on the campus of the Santa Clara in San Jose. Real Salt Lake defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 3 to 0 in the season opener. 3/27/10
This weekend on TV: It's Real — Major League Soccer season kicks off

The Major League Soccer season gets under way this weekend, and local fans will be able to watch their team on TV. Because all of Real Salt Lake's games are on TV. Almost all of them on local TV.

RSL travels to San Jose on Sunday (not Saturday) for an 8 p.m. MT game against the Earthquakes that will air live on Ch. 30. And there's a half-hour pregame show at 7:30 p.m.

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Friday on TV ...

Boys high school basketball: 5A semifinal - Alta vs. American Fork (2:30 p.m., Ch. 14); 5A semifinal - Brighton vs. Lone Peak (4 p.m., Ch. 14); 4A semifinal - Logan vs. Mountain Crest (5:30 p.m., Ch. 14); 4A semifinal - Bountiful vs. Sky View (7:30 p.m., Ch. 14)

Last Man Standing (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mike catches Mandy sneaking into the house late at night.

Women's college gymnastics (7 p.m., BYUtv): North Carolina State and Utah at BYU

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Charlotte Bobcats at Utah Jazz

Malibu Country (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Reba's brother shows up unexpectedly.

Touch (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Jake and Amelia escape and meet up.

Spartacus: War of the Damned (10 p.m., Starz): Spartacus makes plans to attack Crassus - but he's threatened by betrayal.

Saturday on TV ...

College baseball (1 and 4:30 p.m., BYUtv): Creighton at BYU

Boys high school basketball: 5A final (1:30 p.m., Ch. 14); 4A final (4 p.m., Ch. 14)

Ripper Street (7 and 10 p.m., BBC America): A shipping magnate is mixed up in murder.

Men's college basketball (9 p.m., ESPNU): : BYU at Loyola Marymount

The Amazing Spider-Man (10 p.m., Starz): Surprisingly good reboot. (PG-13)

Saturday Night Live (10:30 p.m., Ch. 30): Kevin Hart hosts; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis perform.

Sunday on TV ...

Men's college basketball (3 p.m., P12N): Utah at Stanford

60 Minutes (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The plague of suicides in the military; China's real-estate boom.

The Amazing Race (7 p.m. CBS/Ch. 2): What with the injury suffered last week, will the Utah father-son team be able to continue?

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The Blue Fairy offers to help Snow White save her mother.

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Grampa's former life as a pro-wrestler comes to light.

The Walking Dead (7, 9 and 10 p.m., AMC): Rick goes in search of more weapons.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Peter preps for his primary debate.

All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The phoniest of realty shows returns, hosted by the vilest of "celebrities" - Donald Trump.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): An elderly heiress' remains are found in her spooky mansion.

Red Widow (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Two-hour premiere of this thoroughly underwhelming new drama about a woman whose husband is killed in the premiere (look at the title!) and she has to deal with mobsters. Yaaaawn ...

The Bible (9 p.m., History): In the first two hours, we go from the creation to Exodus.

Girls (10 p.m., HBO): Hanna tries to hide her anxiety from her parents.

Shameless (10 p.m., Showtime): Frank and Fiona go to extremes to get the kids back.

Enlightened (10:30 p.m., HBO): Amy gives Tyler a warning. (Season finale)

House of Lies (11 p.m., Showtime): Marty discovers evidence of a client's role in a banking scam.



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