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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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High wire performer Nik Wallenda walks across a wire as he practices Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Sarasota, Fla. Wallenda, a seventh generation high-wire walker, will attempt to walk across the Grand Canyon on Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
This weekend on TV: Tight-rope walker performs 1,500-feet up without a net

Just a bit to the south of Utah, there will be some craziness this weekend on TV. Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda (Sunday, 6 p.m. Discovery) will feature the circus perform trying to walk 1,500 feet on a highwire suspended over the Grand Canyon - and he's not wearing a safety harness.

It's also not exactly the Grand Canyon - it's the Little Colorado River Gorge outside the national park.

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Friday on TV ...

Dateline (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): After a woman is murdered, her husband's secret life is exposed.

Arena Football (8 p.m., Ch. 14): Utah Blaze at Spokane Shock

Continuum (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): Kiera investigates a new street drug she knows is from the future.

20/20 (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): An almost-perfect crime; plastic surgery gone wrong.

Rock Center (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): An investigation into what Goodwill pays its workers.

Magic City (10 p.m., Starz): Ben seeks permission to have Ike killed.

Saturday on TV ...

Stanley Cup Finals (6 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Game 5 - Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks

MLS (7:30 p.m., Ch. 4): Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake

The Dark Knight Rises (8 p.m., HBO): Batman (Christian Bale) is back in the third film in this trilogy. (Rated PG-13)

Zero Hour (11:05 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): ABC burns off an episode of this canceled show - Hank confronts his parents.

666 Park Avenue (12:05 a.m., ABC/Ch. 4): ABC burns off an episode of this canceled show - Gavin and Olivia are thrilled by Sasha's return.

Hannibal (12:05 a.m., Ch. 30): The BAU team finds evidence that Will killed Abigal.

Sunday on TV ...

Celebrity Wife Swap (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Oh, this is a TV nightmare. Bristol and Willow Palin trade places with Joan and Melissa Rivers.

The Killing (7, 9:05 and 11:10 p.m., AMC): Bullet races to find a victim on the run.

Drop Dead Diva (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): In the season premiere, new Jane finds out that old Jane is back from heaven - in the body of new Jane's fiance.

Whodunnit (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Shockingly stupid, amateurish reality show with a bunch of lame contestants trying to solve fake murders as they're "killed" one by one.

Crossing Lines (8 pm., NBC/Ch. 5): NBC acquired this French-German series about an international team hunting a serial killer. William Fichtner, Donald Sutherland and Marc Lavoine star.

Masterpiece Mystery! (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Inspector Lewis investigates the murder of an elderly man.

Mad Men (8 and 10:05 p.m., AMC): Don runs into a series of problems.

Copper (8, 9, 10 and 11 p.m., BBC America): In the season premiere, Corcoran has to deal with a new boss while search for missing boys.

Devious Maids (8 and 9 p.m., Lifetime): In this new series from the creator of "Desperate Housewives," a maid is murdered in the home of her wealthy employer. It's a bit dizzying at first, what with the huge cast, but this looks like fun.

Falling Skies (8 and 9 p.m., TNT): Is it possible that the president of the United States is still alive?

True Blood (10 p.m., HBO): Jason and Sookie meet their fairy grandfather.

Veep (11 p.m., HBO): The administration is in crisis. (Season finale)

Family Tree (11:30 p.m., HBO): Tom participates in a Civil War re-enactment



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