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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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Tuesday on Utah TV: See celebrities act like jerks on "Who Gets the Last Laugh?"

The new TBS series Who Gets the Last Laugh? (8 p.m., TBS) is somewhat deceptively titled. It should be "Who's the Meanest Celebrity?"

"Last Laugh" is "Punk'd," but instead of celebrities pulling mean pranks on other celebrities, it's celebrities playing mean pranks on regular people.

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Host Donald Faison ("Scrubs") introduces three celebrities in each episode - first up are Kunal Nayar, Bill Bellamy and Jeff Dye. Each of them pulls a mean prank on regular folks. Then the audiences votes on whose mean prank was the funniest.

Practical jokes are generally more cruel than amusing. And some of the practical jokes in "Last Laugh" leave the victims in tears.

And leave the celebrities looking like jerks.

This comes to us from the producers of "Punk'd," so Ashton Kutcher and Co. actually think that rich, famous people tormenting regular folks is funny.

It's not.

The regular folks sign the releases to appear on the shows, of course, Because everyone is desperate to be on TV these days. But that's another sad story.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Splash (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): More celebrities jump really far into a pool.

The Voice (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The battle rounds continue.

Hart of Dixie (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Zoe and George try to prove that they don't have feelings for each other.

Dancing with the Stars (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Another pair is eliminated.

Ready for Love (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Ben and Ernesto meet the women who will vie for their affections.

Golden Boy (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A priest is murdered.

Body of Proof (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A hedge fund manager accused of defrauding investors is kidnapped.



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