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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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Portland Timbers' Bright Dike (19) battles for control of the ball with Real Salt Lake's Jamison Olave (4) while teammate Nat Borchers (6) looks on in the second half of an MLS soccer game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Sandy, Utah. Real Salt Lake defeated Portland Timbers 2-1. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This weekend: Surprising Real Salt Lake goes after conference crown

Three days after Real Salt Lake eliminated the two-time defending champion L.A. Galaxy, Utah's team returns to action in the MLS playoffs. RSL hosts the Portland Timbers in the first leg of the Western Conference finals in a nationally televised game (Sunday, 7 p.m., ESPN).

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Friday on TV ...

Women's college basketball (3 p.m., BYUtv): South Dakota State at BYU

NBA (6 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Chicago Bulls

Undercover Boss (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Family Dollar Stores COO Mike Bloom goes under cover.

Last Man Standing (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mike gives Eve a lesson in capitalism.

MasterChef Junior (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): A winner is declared.

The Carrie Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Carrie is locked in a classroom with Sebastian.

Men's college basketball: Evergreen State at Utah (6 p.m., P12N); Weber State at BYU (7 p.m., BYUtv); USC at Utah State (7 p.m., CBSSN)

Neighbors (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch.4): Debbie, Jackie and Larry go on "Shark Tank."

Hawaii Five-0 (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The team babysits an infant while they're investigating a murder.

Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Disturbing crime scenes indicate an old feud has been renewed.

Great Performances (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): The New York Philharmonic performs a concert production of Stephen Sondheim's "Company."

America's Next Top Model (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): The remaining three models compete in Part 1 of the finale.

NBA (8 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns

Haven (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): William is being held hostage.

Blue Bloods (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A Wall Street executive is murdered.

Dracula (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Grayson suspects that Lady Jayne is a vampire hunter.

Saturday on TV ...

MLS playoffs (12:30 p.m., NBCSN): Sporting Kansas City at Houston Dynamo

College football: Arizona State at Utah (2 p.m., P12N); BYU at Wisconsin (2 p.m., ESPN); Utah State at UNLV (6 p.m., ESPNU)

NBA (5 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Toronto Raptors

Miss Universe 2013 (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Cultural anachronism returns.

Sunday on TV ...

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (11 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers (2 p.m., Fox/Ch.13); Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers (2:25 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints (6:20 p.m., NBC/Ch.5)

60 Minutes (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Matthew Schrier talks about his kidnapping, torture and escape from Syrian rebels.

Killing Kennedy (6, 8 and 10 p.m., National Geographic Channel): Rob Lowe stars as JFK in thisa TV movie about the assassination. It's based on Bill O'Reilly's book, so accuracy is not guaranteed. (I'm kidding. Mostly.)

The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The racers ride in cars going 200 mph.

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mr. Gold and Regina send Ariel back to Storybrooke.

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Lisa institutes an honor code at school.

The Walking Dead (7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., AMC): The people at the prison are at their breaking point.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Clarke Hayden (Nathan Lane) offers financial advice to Florrick/Agos.

Revenge (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Nolan seeks his own revenge.

Masterpiece Classic (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Katherine prepares for the wedding in "The Paradise."

Witches of East End (8 and 9 p.m., Lifetime): Ingrid has flashbacks from one of her past lives.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Jane believes he finally has the evidence in hand to identify Red John.

Betrayal (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Jack and Sara face the repercussions of Drew's discovery.

Boardwalk Empire (10 p.m., HBO): Capone grows suspicious of Torrio.

Homeland (10 p.m., Showtime): Saul makes a major gamble, which could end his career.

Eastbound & Down (11 p.m., HBO): Kenny learns a valuable Christmas lesson.

Masters of Sex (11 p.m., Showtime): Virginia and Jane try to debunk Freud's theories.

Hello Ladies (11:30 p.m., HBO): Stuart tries to change the seating plan at a wedding.



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