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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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President Barack Obama walks along the West Wing Colonnade towards the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, ahead of his daily briefing. Obama will deliver a speech on Syria from the East Room in an address to the national this evening. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Tuesday on TV: President Obama will talk Syria at 7 p.m. MT

President Obama will address the nation at 7 p.m. on the subject of Syria and it's being carried by, well, a lot of channels. The list includes CBS/Ch. 2, ABC/Ch. 4, NBC/Ch. 5, PBS/Ch. 7, Fox/Ch. 13, CNN, FBN, FNC and MSNBC.

The cable news channels will spend (endless) hours analyzing what the president has to say, but the broadcast networks are planning to be in and out as quickly as possible. ABC, NBC and Fox have scheduled 15 minutes; CBS has scheduled 23 minutes.

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But be aware that this is pushing regular programming back across the schedule on the networks.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Soccer (5:40 p.m., ESPN): It's Team USA vs. Team Mexico in an extremely important World Cup qualifying match. The U.S. could clinch a spot in next year's World Cup with a win (and the right results elsewhere); a loss by Mexico (which just fired its coach) would make it tough for that team to qualify.

Rizzoli & Isles (7 and 9 p.m. TNT): There's conflicting evidence in a murder investigation.

Women's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Montana State at BYU

Million Second Quiz (7:15 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Night 2 of this five-night event.

So You Think You Can Dance (7:15 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The winners are chosen in the season finale.

American Masters (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A profile of Billie Jean King.

Women's college soccer (8 p.m., P12N): BYU at Oregon

America's Got Talent (8:15 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The top 12 acts perform.

Who Do You Think You Are? (10 p.m., TLC): Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") learns about his family history.

Covert Affairs (10 p.m., USA): Annie tries to stop Teo from doing something terrible.

Sons of Anarchy (11 p.m., FX): Jax keeps trying to push the club into legitimate businesses.

Suits (11 p.m., USA): Harvey and Scottie do battle again.



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