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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 image released by FX shows Corey Stoll, left, and Mia Maestro in a scene from the new series "The Strain," premiering July 13. The vampire thriller begins when a mysterious viral outbreak spreads to New York. Stoll stars as the head of a Centers for Disease Control task force battling this global threat. (AP Photo/FX, Michael Gibson)
This weekend on TV: 'Strain' is all about a new kind of vampire

You've never seen vampires quite like the ones in Guillermo del Toro's new series The Strain (Sunday, 11 p.m., FX). It opens with terror aboard an airliner, which ends up on runway with no sign of life aboard. Enter Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) from the CDC, and the horror is off and running. It's intriguing, creepy and downright scary at times.

Also, Friday's crime-of-the-week on Dateline NBC (7 p.m., Ch. 5) features former Utahn Linda LeBrane - a Washington woman who was brutally attacked in Idaho in 2000.

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The focus here is on one of the people convicted of the attack, Sarah Pearce. Some witnesses who testified against Pearce now say they're not sure she was there; Lebrane is sure Pearce was.

Friday on TV ...

Crossbones (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Lowe discovers Jagger is more sinister than Blackbeard.

Saturday on TV ...

World Cup soccer (2 p.m., ESPN): The third-place game - Brazil vs. Netherlands

Bad Teacher (7 and 7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): CBS burns off another couple episodes of this canceled series.

Power (7 and 8:05 p.m., Starz): Ghost and Angela's affair heats up.

MLS (8:30 p.m., Ch. 30): Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy

Sunday on TV ...

World Cup soccer (2 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The championship game - Argentina vs. Germany

Rising Star (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The duels begin.

Last Tango in Halifax (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Lawrence has difficulty accepting Kate's new relationship.

The Musketeers (7 p.m., BBC America): A former musketeer makes a sudden reappearance.

The Witches of East End (7 and 9 p.m., Lifetime): Wendy is skeptical of Frederick's motives.

The Last Ship (7 and 9 p.m., TNT): Captain Chandler struggles to handle everything from a failing engine system to the possible loss of all of Dr. Scott's research.

Reckless (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Jamie and Roy argue opposing sides in a stand-your-ground case.

Masterpiece Mystery! (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): As "Endeavor" continues, Morse hunts a serial killer.

Halt and Catch Fire (8 and 9 p.m., AMC): Someone from Joe's past threatens his relationship with Cameron.

Devious Maids (8 p.m., Lifetime): In the Season 2 finale, Nick finally admits his big secret.

Falling Skies (8 and 10 p.m., TNT): The humans find refuge with the Volm, but tensions rise.

Unforgettable (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A reporter who uncovered a scandal involving the director of the NSA is murdered.

Vicious (9:30 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Violet seeks relationship advice from Freddie and Stuart.

True Blood (10 p.m., HBO): Sookie and her posse track down the H-vamps.

Ray Donovan (10 p.m., Shwotime): In the Season 2 premiere, the FBI wants Ray to bring is father in.

Sister Wives (10 p.m., TLC): The Browns spend time with polygamists in Missouri.

The Leftovers (11 p.m., HBO): Reverend Jamison continues to insist it's his duty to tell the truth about the departed.

Masters of Sex (11 p.m., Showtime): In the Season premiere, Masters has to put his career back together and Virginia deals with the fallout.



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