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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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Thursday on TV: A surprisingly positive review of ‘Review’

I don’t know how well the new show Review (11 p.m., Comedy Central) will work in the long run, but the premiere is surprisingly funny.

It centers on self-professed "life critic" Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly, "Eastbound & Down") who reviews things that happen in live.

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"Whatever life experiences you’re curious about, I’ll review it," says the seemingly conservative character.

Unlike those of us who offer critiques of, say, television shows, Forrest actually participates in the events he reviews. In the premiere, he works his way up from stealing candy from a story to bank robbery, and ends up giving theft two stars.

He tries to review going to the prom, but his judgment is affected by his previous review of drug addiction.

"Cocaine is amazing! I give it a million stars!" Forrest says. (He does change his mind when he comes down from his high.

I didn’t really expect to laugh at "Review," but I did. And anything that is actually funny deserves more stars than theft or drug addiction.

Elsewhere on TV ...

The Big Bang Theory (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Bernadette tries to make peace between Sheldon and Howard.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Lizard is granted three wishes.

Community (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Two designers test their new social networking ap at Greendale.

American Idol (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Contestants face elimination.

The Vampire Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Matt, Stefan and Caroline try desperately to save Elena.

Under the Gunn (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): The designers have to use beach party materials to create their looks.

The Millers (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Carol distrupts Nathan’s vacation.

Parks and Recreation (7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Leslie tries to tear down a wall between Pawnee and Eagleton.

Two and a Half Men (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Walden thinks his girlfriend is cheating on him.

Grey’s Anatomy (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The hospital announces a non-fraternization policy. Yeah, like that’s going to happen. That would be the end of this soap opera.

Hollywood Game Night (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Anthony Anderson, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gary Dell’Abate, Adam Scott, Tiffani Thiessen and Pete Wentz are the celebrity guests.

Rake (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Keegan tries to help an old friend.

Reign (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Will Mary go through with her arranged marriage.

King of the Nerds (8 and 11:30 p.m., TBS): Friends do battle in a game of Angry Nerds.

The Crazy Ones (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Simon wants Sydney to give him grandchildren.

Elementary (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Nine years after a man was suspected of killing his wife, he receives a ransom demand for her.

Scandal (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The president faces a harsh reality.

Parenthood (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Sarah considers an offer from Carl; Hank makes a confession.

Women’s college basketball (9:30 p.m., P12N): Utah vs. Washington in the Pac-12 tournament

Saint George (10 p.m., FX): This dreadful new series is reviewed here.

Suits (10 p.m., USA): Louis raises suspicions about Mike.

Vikings (11 p.m., History): An unlikely alliance is formed.

Sirens (11:01 and 11:32 p.m., USA): Check out the review of this pretty good new series.



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