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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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In this Feb. 4, 2014 photo provided by CBS, surviving Beatles Paul McCartney, left and Ringo Starr, center, pose for a photo with talk show host David Letterman in the Ed Sullivan Theater, in New York. Letterman’s special interview with them will be featured in “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute,” THAT will air Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 on CBS. (AP Photo/CBS, Jeffrey R. Staab) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE, FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY
This weekend on TV: CBS looks back at the Beatles

On the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's first appearance on "The Ed Sullian Show," CBS airs The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles (Sunday, 7 p.m., Ch. 2).

And it is the exact 50th anniversary - day, date, time, network.

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The 2½-hour special also includes David Letterman interviewing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater where they performed half a century ago. And the two surviving Beatles also perform, and contemporary artists sing the Beatles' greatest hits.

Very cool.

Friday on TV ...

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

Women's college gymnastics: BYU at Utah State (7 p.m., BYUtv); Arizona at Utah (7 p.m., P12N)

American Masters (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A profile of Alice Walker, the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature.

Enlisted (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Cody asks Jill for help with a private matter.

Helix (8, 9, 10 and 11 p.m., Syfy): Alan and Jordan make progress in decoding the virus.

Raising Hope (8:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Virginia takes Burt to a dude ranch.

Saturday on TV ...

Atlantis (7 and 10 p.m., BBC America): Jason is reminded of his promise to Circe.

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Miami Heat at Utah Jazz

Black Sails (7, 8:05 and 9:10 p.m., Starz): Silver and Billy tackle a morale problem.

Men's college basketball: Boise State at Utah State (4 p.m., CBSSN); Washington State at Utah (6 .m., P12N); San Francisco at BYU (7 p.m., BYUtv)

Sunday on TV ...

Women's college basketball (1 p.m., P12N): Utah at Oregon State

The Walking Dead (7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., AMC): As the second half of Season 4 begins, Rick deals with old wounds.

Downton Abbey (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Mary and Blake have a bonding experience that involves sick pigs. Really.

True Detective (10 p.m., HBO): Hart and Cohle follow a series of leads.

Shameless (10 p.m., Showtime): Fiona's bad decision catch up with her.

Sister Wives (10 p.m., TLC): Another family tragedy strikes.

Girls (11 p.m., HBO): Hannah gets a job writing advertorials.

House of Lies (11 p.m., Showtime): Marty and Jeannie plot to remove Lukas.

Looking (11:30 p.m., HBO): Patrick joins Agustin at the Folsom Street Fair.

Episodes (11:30 p.m., Showtime): Merc steals his ex-wife's artwork, and Matt comes to her rescue.



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