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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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Wednesday on TV: ‘Survivor’ contestants continue to amaze with dumb moves

Sometimes I wonder if contestants on Survivor (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) have ever actually watched the show.

Already this season, we’ve seen members of the Brains tribe vote out their biggest, strongest members, forgetting that you have to win challenges or you’re going to be in trouble. Forgetting that it’s a team game in the early going, and you can’t look too far ahead.

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We’ve seen the Beauty tribe vote out the African-American gay guy, oblivious to (a) the fact that he could help them in challenges, and (b) voting him out first made the rest of the tribe look like racists/homophobes.


And in tonight’s episode, members of the Brawn tribe are considering throwing a challenge so they can get rid of one of their own members. That’s been done in past seasons, and it has invariably come back to bite the tribe that carried out such a plan.


Elsewhere on TV ...

The Middle (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Frankie is arrested.

Revolution (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Neville and Jason find a new ally.

American Idol (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The 11 finalists perform.

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz

Suburgatory (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Tessa meets the male version of herself.

Criminal Minds (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Bodies bitten by humans and animals are found in a shallow grave.

Modern Family (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mitch, Cam, Alex and Manny spend a day at the museum.

Law & Order: SVU (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Rollins strikes a deal with the managers of a gambling club in order to protect her job.

Legit (8 p.m., FXX): The woman of Jim’s dreams is a racist.

Men at Work (8 and 8:30 p.m., TBS): In back-to-back episodes, Tyler tries to ask Jude on a date, then they try to keep their relationship a secret. (Season finale)

Mixology (8:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Bruce goes after a single mother.

CSI (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A band groupie is murdered.

Nashville (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Rayna and Juliette are already battling.

Chicago PD (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Voight must work with his former partner from the gang unit.

The Americans (11 p.m., FX): Paige snoops into her mother’s family background.

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