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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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Thursday on TV: Good grief! The “Great Pumpkin” is back!

Forty-seven years after it premiered, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) remains the ultimate Halloween TV special.

It’s funny. It’s charming. And,weirdly enough, familiarity doesn’t make it less fun to watch.

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ABC fills out the hour with the much-lesser 1972 cartoon "You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown," but it’s the "Great Pumpkin" that really counts.

Elsewhere on TV ...

NFL (6:25 p.m., NFL Network): Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins

Saturday Night Live Halloween (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): It’s not Saturday, it’s not live, but it is all about Halloween.

The Vampire Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Damon and Elena attend the Whitmore historical ball.

Women’s college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Loyola Marymount at BYU

Project Runway All Stars (7 p.m., Lifetime): Contestants have to draw inspiration from insects. Because, sometimes, this show is stupid.

The Millers (7:30 p.m, CBS/Ch. 2): Nathan, Debbie and Adam take Mikayla trick-or-treating.

The Crazy Ones (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Simon is nominated for an award, in direct competition with a guy Sydney had a crush on in high school.

Grey’s Anatomy (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Patients in costumes overrun the hospital.

Sean Saves the World (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Sean comes up with an excuse to avoid joining Lorna in a dance competition.

Reign (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Mary asks King Henry for help to protect Scotland.

The Michael J. Fox Show (8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Bed bugs force Mike’s sister to stay with the family.

Elementary (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A gunman invades Gregson’s home.

Scandal (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Jake and Huck close in on the truth about Operation Remington.

Parenthood (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Joel and Julia’s marriage is in serious trouble.

White Collar (10 p.m., USA): Peter settles into his new job.

Covert Affairs (11 p.m., USA): Henry reaches out to Calder.

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