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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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This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, "Downton Abbey" remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS. (AP Photo/PBS/Masterpiece, Nick Briggs)
This weekend on TV: 'Downton Abbey' is back!

The waiting is over. Downton Abbey (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7) is back.

I've seen all but the final episode of Season 4, and I liked it. A lot. Yes, Matthew is dead. But life goes on. And so does "Downton Abbey."

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Friday on TV ...

College football: Cotton Bowl - Missouri vs. Oklahoma State (5:30 p.m. Fox/Ch. 13); Orange Bowl - Clemson vs. Ohio State (6 p.m., ESPN)

The Carrie Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Carrie receives harsh advice from Larissa.

Women's college basketball (7 p.m., P12N): Utah at UCLA

Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Nick and Hank investigate a Wesen with healing abilities.

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

Dracula (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Grayson revels in his invulnerability to sunlight.

Saturday on TV ...

College football (11 a.m., ESPN): BBVA Compass Bowl - Houston vs. Vanderbilt

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

Men's college basketball: Oregon State at Utah (2 p.m., P12N); San Diego at BYU (7 p.m., BYUtv)

NFL Wildcard games: Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (2:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5); New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (6 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

Atlantis (7 and 10 p.m., BBC America): Jason enters a brutal tournament.

Sunday on TV ...

NFL Wildcard games: San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (11 a.m., CBS/CH. 2); San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (2:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13)

Women's college basketball (5 p.m., P12N): Utah at USC

The Bachelor (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Meet the new bachelor - Juan Pablo Galavis.

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Bart teaches Homer how to pirate movies.

College football (7 p.m., ESPN): GoDaddy.com Bowl - Arkansas State vs. Ball State

Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Two hours of highlights.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Alicia and Will face off in court.

Revenge (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The Graysons try to conceal who shot Emily.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Several DEA agents are killed.

Betrayal (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A confession rocks the Karsten and McAllister families.

Sister Wives (10 p.m., TLC): Kody and Brett rekindle their bro-mance.

Breaking the Faith (11 p.m., TLC): Zack meets with a private investigator.



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