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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: 'Project Runway' is really annoying me

OK, I'm willing to admit that I'm a fan of Project Runway (7 p.m., Lifetime). I was mocking my daughter for watching it a few years ago, and she got me to sit down and watch it with her.

Weirdly enough, I was hooked.

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After last week's Season 13 premiere, I'm sort of tempted to give up on the show for a couple of reasons:

First, the winning dress last week was hideous. I could go to a thrift store, rip the bottom off a dress, cut the top of the sleeves open and stain it and I'd have something close to what the judges chose.

I was reminded of when mentor Tim Gunn referred to the "crack-smoking judges" a few seasons ago.

I get that I don't understand fashion, but I do understand ugly.

And, second, I'm getting a little tired of how mean the judges are. There's a lot to criticize and, yes, it's part of the show. But watching Nina Garcia devastate contestants with made-for-TV zingers is grating on me.

This is an empty threat, of course. I'll continue watching. And I'll have a lot of fun complaining about and criticizing the show.

Elsewhere on TV ...

The Quest (7 p.m., Ch. 4): See the review here.

Dominion (7 and 9:05 p.m., Syfy): Datak turns to an unlikely ally for help after he's framed for a bizarre murder.

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

Rookie Blue (8 and 9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Andi has to defend herself at Duncan's dismissal hearing.

Welcome to Sweden (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Bruce tries to find a job.

Gang Related (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Los Angelicos seek revenge for what they perceive as Ryan's betrayal.

PCL baseball (8 p.m., CBSSN): Tocoma Rainiers at Salt Lake Bees

Working the Engels (8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Jenna is asked by a former client to handle an important merger.

Last Comic Standing (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The Top 5 comics perform — and Jay Leno returns (briefly) to NBC as a mentor in this episode.

Rectify (10 p.m., Sundance): Daniel is still seeking answers.

Rush (10 p.m., USA): Rush contends with a medical emergency and reaches out to his estranged father.

Married (11 p.m., FX): Russ and Lina go on a romantic getaway.

Dominion (11 p.m., Syfy): Innocent higher angels turn up dead in Vega.

Satisfaction (11 p.m., USA): Neil makes a deal with Simon.

You're the Worst (11:30 p.m., FX): Gretchen asks Jimmy for a key to his house.



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