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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: Brooke Shields gets trashy on ‘The Middle’

Brooke Shields has, for the most part, played relatively glamorous roles on TV. But she’s back as trashy neighbor Rita Glosser in tonight’s episode of The Middle (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4).

And Rita’s collection of loud, large wind chimes puts her at odds with Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton).

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Also on this week’s episode, Brick comes up with a new snack idea and Sue tells the family that she and Darrin are dating again.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Stanley Cup playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins as Columbus Blue Jackets (5 p.m., NBCSN); Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars (6 p.m., CNBC); St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks (7:30 p.m., NBCSN);

NBA playoffs: Charlotte Bobcats at Miamia Heat (5 p.m., TNT); Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs (6 p.m., NBATV); Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets (7:30 p.m., TNT)

Survivor (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Woo takes a very hard fall while trying to gather coconuts.

Nature (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A look at Japan’s snow monkeys.

Suburgatory (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): On a camping trip, Fred loses Victor in the woods.

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

Arrow (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): The serum sends Roy into an uncontrolled rage.

Modern Family (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The family travels to Australia.

Nova (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A report titled "Inside Animal Minds: Who’s the Smartest?"

The 100 (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Bellamy and his crew search for Octavia.

Legit (8 p.m., FXX): Jim turns to prostitution.

Mixology (8:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Kacey confronts Dominic about their relationship.

Nashville: On the Record (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Cast members perform songs from the show.

Your Inner Fish (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): The traits that humans inherited from primates are detailed.



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