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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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Tuesday on TV: ABC Family’s ‘Chasing Life’ needs to try harder

I really wanted to like Chasing Life (10 p.m., ABC Family). The premise of the show is admirable - everything seems to be coming up roses for young, cute, vivacious April (Italia Ricci) until she runs into a major thorn.

She’s just been diagnosed with leukemia.

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But the drama is damaged by rather ridiculous writing that undercuts the characters and the show. And not just the ludicrous portrayal of her job - her internship - at a newspaper.

(FYI, The Salt Lake Tribune allows interns to write stories. Like just about every other real newspaper in America.)

April also has a family life and a love life, which she’s afraid of disrupting if anyone finds out she has cancer. But she treats the leukemia like an annoyance - something to get in the way of the more important stuff. Which makes it extraordinarily difficult to identify with her.

I really wanted to like "Chasing Life." But it’s just not that good.

Elsewhere on TV ...

NBA Finals (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Game 3 - San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat

America’s Got Talent (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Auditions continue.

I Wanna Marry Harry (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): One of the women isn’t so sure she wants to be there anymore.

The Night Shift (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): An after-dark, hog-hunting event goes terribly wrong.

Pretty Little Liars (9 p.m., ABC Family): The girls set a trap for "A" and are surprised by who wanders into it in the Season 5 premiere.

Royal Pains (10 p.m., USA): Evan schemes to keep Hank in town in the Season 6 premiere.

Fargo (11 p.m., FX): Malvo changes course.

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