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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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(Charlotte Rampling, right, joins Michael C. Hall for the eighth and final season of "Dexter." Courtesy photo)
This weekend on TV: "Dexter" is back, and he's still deadly

As the eighth and final season of Dexter begins (Sunday, 10 p.m., Showtime), six months have passed since Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) killed Lt. LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) to protect Dexter (Michael C. Hall). Dexter seems OK; Deb is a mess - and there's a new killer out there scooping out pieces of people's brains.

It's icky, it's cool and it remains compelling.

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Friday on TV ...

Dateline (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A brilliant professor is murdered. Was it armed intruders or someone much closer to home?

Cult (7 and 8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): The CW burns off a couple episodes of this canceled series.

Annie: It's the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A look at the staging of the song ''It's the Hard-Knock Life'' from the musical ''Annie.''

Continuum (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): Keira chases another time traveler.

72 Hours (8:15 p.m., TNT): Contestants are stranded on a Tasmanian island.

20/20 (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): School is finally out, but do you have any idea what your teens are doing with their free time?

Ann Curry Reports: A Face In the Crowd (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A report on a man who had a face transplant.

Magic City (10 p.m., Starz): Ike goes to Cuba to try to further his plan to oust Ben.

Saturday on TV ...

MLS (noon, Ch. 30): Real Salt Lake at Toronto FC (Tape-delayed one hour)

Zero Hour (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): ABC burns off an episode of this canceled series. White Vincent uncovers a clue.

Arena Football (7 p.m., Ch. 14): San Jose SaberCats at Utah Blaze

Sinbad (7 p.m., Syfy): Death has come to reclaim his lost bride.

666 Park Avenue (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): ABC burns off an episode of this canceled series. A new tenant moves into the Drake.

Primeval (8 p.m., Syfy): Evan and Dylan are taken hostage.

Do No Harm (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): NBC burns off an episode of this canceled series. Ian Price's freedom comes at a price.

Lawless (10 p.m., Showtime): Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clark and Guy Pearce star n this violent 2012 film. (Rated R)

Sunday on TV ...

Confederations Cup soccer (3:30 p.m., ESPN): The final - Brazil vs. Spain

Big Brother (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Trapped in that house.

Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A look back at Hampton Court, Henry's "pleasure palace."

The Killing (7, 8 and 9 p.m., AMC): Sarah and Holder catch up to the latest victim, and Seward comes face to face with his past.

2013 BET Awards (7 p.m., BET): Scheduled performers include Mariah Carey and her "American Idol" nemesis, Nicki Minaj, along with Justin Timberlake, Chris Brian, Ciara, Snoop Lion, Stevie Wonder and many more.

Drop Dead Diva (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): New Jane has to work with Old Jane on a case.

Whodunnit? (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): This week the contestants in this exceptionally lame reality show try to solve a murder by fire.

Masterpiece Mystery! (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Inspector Lewis investigates the death of a chemistry professor.

Copper (8, 9 and 11 p.m., BBC America): More boys disappear.

Devious Maids (8 p.m., Lifetime): Rosie is caught in the middle when Spence accuses Peri of cheating.

Falling Skies (8 and 9 p.m., TNT): Tom and Pope have to depend on each other after their plane is shot down.

Crossing Lines (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): In the premiere of this international co-production that NBC acquired, an international team goes after a serial killer.

True Blood (10 p.m., HBO): Sookie learns why Warlow is after her.

Ray Donovan (11 p.m., Showtime): In this new series, LievSchreiber stars as a tough Hollywood "fixer"who makes problems go away for the rich and famous. In the premiere, his father (Jon Voight) gets out of prison, and Ray is definitely not happy about it.

Naked and Afraid (11 p.m., Discovery): In this rather ridiculous new series, a pair of people are dropped into a remote area and have to survive without even the clothes on their back for three weeks. First up - trying to survive the Africa Serengeti.

Family Tree (11 p.m., HBO): Tom gets the results of his DNA test.



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