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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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(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Real Salt Lake forward Jou Plata (8) and Portland Timbers defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste (35) get into a fight during the first half of the game at Rio Tinto Stadium Friday August 30, 2013.
This weekend on TV: Real Salt Lake goes for Western Conference championship

For the first time since Real Salt Lake won the MLS Cup four years ago, the team has a chance to win some major hardware - the Western Conference championship (Sunday, 7 p.m., ESPN).

RSL leads Portland 4-2 after the first leg; if RSL wins, ties or loses by one goal, they win. If they lose by two goals, they go to OT. If they lose by three or more goals, they're out.

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Friday on TV ...

NBA (6:30 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks

Last Man Standing (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mike's dad plans to open a marijuana store.

Bones (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): A food scientist's body is put through a meat grinder. Ick.

The Carrie Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Carrie spends the day with a playwright.

Men's college basketball (7 p.m., P12N): Lamar at Utah

The Neighbors (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Jackie's parents learn about human relationships.

Hawaii Five-0 (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A Secret Service agent is murdered while the president is traveling to Oahu.

Where Were You? The Day JFK Died (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Tom Brokaw reports.

Raising Hope (8 and 8:30 p.m. Fox/Ch. 13): Sabrina wants to go on vacation; Virginia gets glasses.

Nikita (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): The six-episode final season begins.

Blue Bloods (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Baez's estranged brother is a suspect in a murder.

Saturday on TV ...

Doctor Who (12:50, 5 and 9 p.m., BBC America): The 50th anniversary special - "The Day of the Doctor."

College football: BYU at Notre Dame (1:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5); Colorado State at Utah State (1:30 p.m., CBSSN); Utah at Washington State (1:30 p.m., P12N)

MLS playoffs (5:30 p.m., NBCSN): It's Houston at Kansas City in the Eastern Conference final. Why do we care? Because if Houston wins and Real Salt Lake eliminates Portland on Sunday, the MLS Cup final will be in Rio Tinto Stadium on Dec. 7.

Atlantis (7 and 11 p.m., BBC America): Rather entertaining new series that's sort of based in Greek mythology, but only sort of.

Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles (8 p.m., HBO): Silverman performs her standup act.

Bill Cosby: Far From Finished (9 p.m., Comedy Central): Cosby performs his standup act.

Identity Thief (10 p.m., HBO): Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman star in this R-rated 2013 comedy.

Saturday Night Live (10:35 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Josh Hutcherson hosts; HAIM performs.

Sunday on TV ...

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (11 a.m., Fox/Ch.13); ndianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals (2 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (2:25 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13); IDenver Broncos at New England Patriots (6:20 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

NBA (5 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder

60 Minutes (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Repurposed therapies offer promising results for veterans with PTSD.

Dangerous Flights (6 and 9 p.m., Smithsonian Channel): This is a Canadian-made series about an Ogden company that delivers small planes and jets around the world under harrowing circumstances.

The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The final five teams race to Indonesia.

American Music Awards (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Pitbull hosts.

The Mark Twain Prize (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Carol Burnett is honored.

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Lisa's new best friend runs against her in the school elections.

The Walking Dead (7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., AMC): Something is happening at a camp outside the prison.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Will hires an attorney with ties to the mob.

The Witches of East End (8 and 9 p.m., Lifetime): The shifter threatens Freya.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Patrick finally figures out the identity of Red John.

Boardwalk Empire (10 p.m., HBO): The FBI launches its plan to ensnare Nucky. (Season finale)

Homeland (10 p.m., Showtime): Carrie and Brodie reunite.

Masters of Sex (11 p.m., Showtime): Libby conceals her pregnancy.

Breaking the Faith (11 p.m., TLC): Young women from the FLDS Church try to break away.



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