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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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Thursday on TV: Husband isn’t just a gigolo in ‘Satisfaction’

Satisfaction (11 p.m., USA) is about a married couple who are anything but satisfied.

Neil (Matt Passmore) and Grace (Stephanie Szostak) have been married for 18 years, and they appear to have everything - a daughter, a great house, money, possessions.

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But they’re bored with their lives. And with each other.

Neil returns from a business trip to find Grace in bed with another man. Turns out he’s a male prostitute, and Neil ends up with the guy’s phone.

When he gets calls soliciting the prostitute, Neil decides to answer the calls himself. And ... we’re off.

The pilot episode is oddly intriguing. It’s about this marriage - this relationship, which we see both in the present and in flashbacks. And it’s actually quite funny.

"Satisfaction" seems more like a good idea for a movie than a good idea for a series, and we don’t know where it’s going after the pilot. But the pilot is a lot better than you might think.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Defiance (9 p.m., Syfy): A stalker terrorizes Amanda.

Black Box (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Catherine is depressed after making a tough diagnosis

Dominion (7 and 9:05 p.m., Syfy): Alex goes rogue during an Archangel Corps mission.

Hollywood Game Night (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Celebrity contestants are Krysten Ritter, Wynonna Judd, Johnny Weir, Leah Remini, Nick Swardson and Scott Foley.

Hell’s Kitchen (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The four remaining contestants have to pass a taste test.

Big Brother (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Another houseguest is evicted.

Rookie Blue (8 and 9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A missing teacher’s body is found in the trunk of his car.

Welcome to Sweden (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Bruce and Emma find living with her parent to be difficult.

Gang Related (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Tio Gordo kills a Meta rival in retaliation after an explosion rocks a Los Angelicos festival.

Working the Engels (8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Jenna gets a case, and Jimmy tries to help her out.

Last Comic Standing (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Howie Mandel is the guest mentor.

Rectify (10 p.m., Sundance): Daniel encounters an interesting entrepreneur.

Rush (10 p.m., USA): New series about a doctor who’s a "medical fixer" to the rich and famous.



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