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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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This May 13, 2014 photo shows Prince Harry lookalike Matthew Hicks, star of the Fox Network reality dating show, "I Wanna Marry Harry" in New York. The series premieres on Tuesday, May 20, on Fox. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)
Tonight on TV: Dumb women on 'I Wanna Marry Harry' deserve what they get

I am not a fan of practical jokes, which are generally just mean-spirited. I am not a fan of mean-spirited "reality" TV shows, because I see no entertainment value in torturing other people.

I might be willing to make an exceptio with Fox's latest dumb reality show, I Wanna Marry Harry (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13).

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The premise here is - 12 dumb American women go to England to be on a reality show. They're taken to a castle, and they're led to believe they're competing to win the heart of Prince Harry.

It's not Prince Harry, of course. It's a commoner, Matthew Hicks, who, at the right angle and in the right light, sort of looks like Prince Harry.

And if these women are dumb enough to believe he's Prince Harry - which many of them eagerly do - they deserve whatever TV humiliation they endure.

Even if they don't believe it, they're still playing along.

The show itself is painfully familiar. It harkens back to "Joe Millionaire" and "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance" and a slightly exaggerated "The Bachelor." The cat-fighting women; the over-indulgence in alcohol; the generally stupid behavior cloaked in a veneer of a search for true love.

It's almost as dumb as the women who think that's really Prince Harry.

Elsewhere on TV ...

NBA playoffs (6:30 p.m., ESPN): Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers

Judge Judy Primetime (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): This is sort of an ode to Judge Judy. Really.

ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Perfformers include Dierks Bentley; Lee Brice; Luke Bryan; Merle Haggard; Hunter Hayes; Toby Keith; Miranda Lambert; Tim McGraw; Kellie Pickler; Blake Shelton; George Strait; Carrie Underwood; Keith Urban; Eli Young Band; Florida Georgia Line; Lady Antebellum; Rascal Flatts; the Band Perry.

Dancing with the Stars (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A winner is declared in the season finale.

The Voice (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A winner is declared in the season finale.

Supernatural (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Metatron makes his move against humanity; Sam, Dean and Castiel try to stop him. (Season finale)

Celebrity Wife Swap (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4):

Frontline (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): The conclusion of a two-part report on the NSA.

Independent Lens (11 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): "God Loves Uganda" looks at the influence of American evangelicals in the African nation - both for good and for fostering anti-gay attitudes that results in barbaric anti-gay laws.

Fargo (11 p.m., FX): Malvo puts his master plan into motion.



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