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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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BYU's Kaneakua Friel (82) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against Nevada's Bryan Lane Jr. during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Reno, Nev., on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. BYU won 28-23. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)
This weekend on TV: BYU takes on Washington — Go Cougars!

BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall has a chance to tie a legend in the Fight Hunger Bowl (Friday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN). If his Cougars can beat the Washington Huskies, it will be his seventh postseason win - tying the total of longtime BYU coach LaVell Edwards. A win would make Mendenhall 7-2 in bowls; Edwards was 7-14-1.

Edwards is way ahead in total wins, 257-101-3 to Mendenhall's nine-year record is 82-33. But the currrent coach's postseason success seems rather remarkable.

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Friday on TV ...

College football: Military Bowl - Marshall vs. Maryland (12:30 p.m., ESPN); Texas Bowl - Minnesota vs. Syracuse (4 p.m., ESPN)

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz

American Masters (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A profile of Marvin Hamlische, one of only two people who won an Oscar, and Emmy, a Tony, a Grammy and a Pulitzer Prize.

Nikita (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): In the series finale, Nikita makes a shocking decision.

Saturday on TV ...

College football: Pinstripe Bowl - Notre Dame vs. Rutgers (10 a.m., ESPN); Belk Bowl - Cincinnati vs. North Carolina (1:20 p.m., ESPN); Russell Athletic Bowl - Louisville vs. Miami (4:45 p.m., ESPN); Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl - Kansas State vs. Michigan (8:15 p.m., ESPN)

U.S. Olympic trials (1 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Speedskating - from Kearns

Women's college basketball (2 p.m., BYUtv): Loyola Marymount at BYU

Men's college basketball: St. Katherine at Utah (2 p.m., P12N); BYU at Loyola Marymount (2 p.m., ROOT);

WWE Tribute to the Troops (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): WWE wrestlers, Daughtry, Jeff Dunham, Will Ferrell, Bruce Willis, Christina Applegate and Stephen Colbert entertain the troops.

NBA (8:30 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers

Warm Bodies (9 p.m., HBO): 2013 movie about the romance between a zombie boy and a real, live girl. (PG-13)

Killing Them Softly (9 p.m., Showtime): Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini star in this 2012 crime drama. (Rated R)

Sunday on TV ...

NFL: Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals (11 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (11 a.m., Fox/Ch. 3); Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (2:25 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (2:25 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (6:20 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

U.S. Olympic trials: Ski jumping and Nordic combined - from Park City (11:30 a.m., NBC/Ch. 5); speedskating - from Kearns (1 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

Call the Midwife Holiday Special (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): The nuns and local families become homeless when an unexploded WWII bomb is found near Nonnatus House.

The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): This year's honorees are singer Martina Arroyo, musician Herbie Hancock, singer Billy Joel, actress Shirley MacLaine and musician Carlos Santana.

Treme (10 p.m., HBO): In the series finale, Colson is offered a transfer; Lambreaux goes home; Hidalgo goes back to Texas.

Sister Wives (10 p.m., TLC): Kody's mothers-in-law visit on Mother's Day.

Breaking the Faith (11 p.m., TLC): Angie meets a new friend who will change her life.

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