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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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| Courtesy Michael Irby, Minka Kelly, Michael Ealy, Karl Urban, Lilli Taylor and Mackenzie Crook star in the new Fox series “Almost Human.”
This weekend: 'Almost Human' is surprisingly good

OK, the premise of Almost Human (Sunday, 7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) doesn't sound all that promising - three decades in the future, a cop (Karl Urban) and his robot partner (Michael Ealy) battle bad guys. But this is actually a very promising series that's not what you might expect. The biggest twist is that the cop is very robotic and the robot is very human.

A second episode airs Monday at 7 p.m., the show's regular time slot.

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Friday on TV ...

Women's college soccer (5 p.m., BYUtv): Weber State at BYU

Undercover Boss (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Dutch Bros. Coffee president Travis Boersma works under cover on a coffee plantation in El Salvador.

Last Man Standing (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Vanessa tells Mandy she should end things with Kyle.

Bones (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13: The show moves to Fridays; Brennan is a juror on a case.

The Carrie Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Carrie might lose her job.

Men's college basketball: Mount St. Mary's at BYU (7:30 p.m., BYUtv); UC Davis at Utah (8 p.m., P12N)

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz

The Neighbors (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Debbie wants to enroll in business school.

Hawaii Five-0 (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Nick Jonas guest stars as a computer hacker.

Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Nick and Hank investigate a drowning.

Great Performances (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Hugh Jackman stars in the National Theatre's production of ''Oklahoma!''

Raising Hope (8 and 8:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): One of TV's funniest sitcoms returns with back-to-back episodes.

America's Next Top Model (8 pm., CW/Ch. 30): A winner is declared in the season finale.

Haven (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): Audrey finds herself in a different Haven where troubles don't exist.

Blue Bloods (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A mob lawyer is shot.

Dracula (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Van Helsing suffers a setback.

Saturday on TV ...

College football: Idaho State at BYU (1 p.m., BYUtv); Utah at Oregon (2 p.m., Fox Sports 1);

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Hoston Rockets at Utah Jazz

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (9 p.m., HBO): The ex-boxer performs a one-man show about his life with his version of the truth.

Saturday Night Live (10:35 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Lady Gaga is the host and musical guest.

Sunday on TV ...

NFL: Washington at Philadelphia Eagles (11 a.m., Fox/Ch. 13); San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins (2 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (6:20 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

Women's college volleyball (noon, P12N): Utah at Arizona State

60 Minutes (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Lesley Stahl gets a rare view inside Guantanamo Bay prison; a group of billionaires is pledging to give at least half their vast fortunes to charity.

The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): There's a double U-turn, and tempers flare.

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A young Rumplestiltskin receives a magical item.

Secrets of Scotland Yard (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7):Trailblazing crime-busting techniques.

The Walking Dead (7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., AMC): Survivors under constant threat of zombie attack are losing their humanity.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Natalie Flores (America Ferrera) returns.

Revenge (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Victoria has ulterior motives for throwing Emily a bridal shower.

Masterpiece Classic (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): In "The Paradise," a corpse is found in the river.

The Simpsons (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Homer helps a woman who goes into labor when they're stuck in an elevator.

Witches of East End (8 and 9 p.m., Lifetime): The shifter summons a familiar face.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The list of potential Red Johns is narrowed down.

Betrayal (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Karsten has to confront his past.

Boardwalk Empire (10 p.m., HBO): Nucky receives a warning.

Homeland (10 p.m., Showtime): Carrie and Quinn pursue a key suspect in the Langley bombing.

Eastbound & Down (11 p.m., HBO): Kenny returns a favor. (Finale)

Masters of Sex (11 p.m., Showtime): Masters and Johnson decide to film the study.

Hello Ladies (11:30 p.m., HBO): Stuart brags about his upcoming date.



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