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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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(The 16 contestants on the current season of "Big Brother" pose in the backyard of the "Big Brother" house. Courtesy photo)
Wednesday on TV: "Big Brother" ratings are up; controversy sells

If you're at CBS, are you happy that Big Brother (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) is doing well this summer or are you worried that this is happening because some of the contestants are racist, homophobic jerks,

A little bit of both.

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And it doesn't speak well of viewers that the ratings are up, does it?

Ah, well, They're still in that house. And the housemates battle in the veto competition tonight.

Elsewhere on TV ...

America's Got Talent (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Auditions continue.

MasterChef (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): A canned vs. fresh challenge.

2013 ESPY Awards (7 p.m., ESPN): Jon Hamm hosts, live from Los Angeles.

Minor league baseball (7 p.m., MLB Network): The Triple A All-star game

Franklin & Bash (7 and 9 p.m., TNT): Pete and Jared defend a friend accused of murder.

Melissa & Joey (9 p.m., ABC Family): Joe convinces Mel to dump a friend, and then he starts dating her

Camp (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Mack's ex shows up.

Nazi Mega Weapons (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Hitler orders construction of a wall stretching from France to Norway.

Royal Pains (10 p.m., USA): Hank tries and diagnose Officer Don.

Futurama (11 p.m., Comedy Central): The gang stars in a trio of craptastic morning cartoons.

The Bridge (11 p.m., FX): Marco and Sonya investigate the body from the bridge.

Hot In Cleveland (11 p.m. TV Land): Victoria gets job as a spokesmodel.

Necessary Roughness (11 p.m., USA): Connor searches for the mole at V3.

The Exes (11:30 p.m., TV Land): The guys create an online dating profile for Holly.

The Soul Man (midnight, TV Land): Boyce and Lolli throw a party.



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