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The BBC's latest reboot of "Top Gear" (Sunday, 9 p.m., BBC America) references Utah … without ever using the name of the state.
This is the second attempt to make "Top Gear" work in the wake of Jeremy Clarkson getting fired, which resulted in Richard Hammond and James May quitting.
(There are fans unhappy about Clarkson's ouster, but how many of us would keep our jobs if we'd been repeatedly warned about making offensive even racist comments and then, unprovoked, punched a co-worker in the face?)
The good news is that the annoying Chris Evans has been jettisoned, and Chris Harris and Rory Reid have been promoted to equal co-hosts with Matt LeBlanc which is genuinely a huge improvement.
After the disaster that was Evans and LeBlanc co-hosting, it's nice to see, as the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph put it, "the hosts appear to not completely hate one another."
Among the adventures LeBlanc, Harris and Reid undertake in Sunday's season premiere is a race through Kazakhstan in three cars a Volvo V70, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and a London taxithat each have more than half a million miles on them.
As they're racing across some extremely forbidding territory, Harris exclaims, "That's a dried-up salt bed. Wow! That's like Kazakzstan's Bonneville." And, a bit later, LeBlanc again refers to it as "Kazakzstan's Bonneville."
They don't ever explain what or where that is, apparently assuming anybody who cares about cars would know about the Bonneville Salt Flats.
It's a minor point. The major point is that "Top Gear" is once again watchable.
Friday on TV ...
• "MacGyver" (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Mac and the team travel to Hawaii, where they join Chin and Kono from "Hawaii Five-0" to rescue a group of government scientists trapped in a building after an earthquake.
• "Last Man Standing" (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Vanessa takes Mike's advice to expand her tutoring business but then he gets too involved.
• "Grimm" (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): After a series of brutal and deadly attacks, Nick and Hank find an unlikely lead in a local nursing home.
• "The Vampire Diaries" (7 and 8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): First up is an hour looking back at the series to date; then, in the series finale, Stefan and Damon must fight their greatest enemy for one final battle.
• Women's college gymnatics (7 p.m., BYUtv): Arizona at BYU
• "Dr. Ken" (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Ken's old professor makes an appointment and torments Ken during his visit.
• "Hawaii Five-0" (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): McGarrett and Kono suspect that an abused young girl may be the victim of a sex trafficking ring.
• "Sleepy Hollow" (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): After one of Diana's mentors is targeted by a horrific monster, she decides the team must concentrate on stopping Dreyfuss.
• "Blue Bloods" (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Jamie and Eddie respond to a distress call from a woman having an allergic reaction to her lifesaving medication.
Saturday on TV ...
• MLS (noon, KMYU): Real Salt Lake at Chicago Fire
• College baseball (noon, BYUtv): UC Santa Barbara at BYU
• NBA (1 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder
• 2017 Kids' Choice Awards (6 p.m., Nickelodeon, Nicktoons and Teen Nick): John Cena hosts the 30th anniversary of these awards,
• "Ransom" (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Eric and the team try to negotiate the return of paintings stolen from an art gallery.
• "Planet Earth 2" (10 p.m., BBC America): The hostile conditions of Earth's desert regions give rise to the incredible survival stories.
• "Saturday Night Live" (10:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Scarlett Johansson hosts; Lorde performs.
Sunday on TV …
• NCAA men's basketball championship selection show (4 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The tournament brackets are announced.
• NBA (4 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings
• "60 Minutes" (6 p.m, CBS/Ch. 2): After torture and nearly 14 years in Guantanamo Bay, a recently released detainee speaks of the "greatness of the American people" for allowing him to write and publish a memoir from prison; a Kremlin critic who survived two poisonings vows to return to Russia and continue his opposition to Putin policies.
• "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Sam goes on a risky undercover operation to take down an elusive drug lord.
• "Once Upon a Time" (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Hook agrees to help David uncover the truth about his father; Regina discovers Robin has a dark side.
• "The Simpsons" (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Working for the school paper, Lisa covers Bart as he becomes a star basketball player at Springfield Elementary.
• "Relative Race" (7 p.m., BYUtv): Team rivalries break out and a mystery is solved.
• "Making History" (7:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Dan gets Chris to help him repair history and start the Revolutionary War.
• "Madam Secretary" (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The unconventional new president of the Philippines hits on Elizabeth during a meeting.
• "Time After Time" (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): H.G. and Jane rush to repair the damaged time machine before John Stevenson aka Jack the Ripper strikes again.
• "Chicago Justice" (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The murder of a prominent judge is connected to a trial in which he handed down a lenient sentence to a college rapist.
• "Family Guy" (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Brian convinces Stewie to join a football team.
• "Last Man on Earth" (8:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Melissa plays hurtful mind games after she's locked up for her own safety.
• "Elementary" (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Joan and Kitty try to prove that a string of murders is connected to aconspiracy involving the Defense Intelligence Agency.
• "American Crime" (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): In the Season 3 premiere, an undocumented Mexican worker discovers slavery is alive and well in the United States; a woman learns the shocking truth behind a family's wealth; a social worker wants a young prostitute to testify against her pimp.
• "Shades of Blue" (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Harlee dives into an investigation that puts her in the cross-hairs of Wozniak and the FBI.
• "Black Sails" (9 p.m., Starz): Flint urges an enraged Silver to be cautious; Billy finds a survivor; Rogers discovers the truth.
• "The Walking Dead" (10 p.m., AMC): Things do not go as planned when a group of Kingdommers delivers goods to the Saviors.
• "Big Little Lies" (10 p.m., HBO): Nathan invites Madeline and Ed to dinner to discuss a parenting; Madeline unearths a key player from Jane's past.
• "Homeland" (10 p.m., Showtime): Carrie and Saul present evidence to the president-elect.
• "The Missing" (10 p.m., Starz): As Julien edges closer to the truth in 2014, his body weakens.
• "The Arrangement" (11 p.m., E!): Kyle and Megan travel to Venice.
• "FEUD: Bette and Joan" (11 p.m., FX): With production on the film underway, Bette and Joan form an alliance but it's soon undermined.
• "Girls" (11 p.m., HBO): Adam and Jessa begin shooting their film; Hannah's mother has a hard time accepting the next phase of her life.
• "Billions" (11 p.m., Showtime): Chuck devises a new strategy.
• "Who Do You Think You Are?" (11 p.m., TLC): Julie Bowen ("Modern Family") makes a shocking discovery that a beloved relative led a nefarious organization that triggered a dark chapter of U.S. history.
• "Crashing" (11:30 p.m., HBO): In an effort to get stage time, Pete spends the night handing out fliers for a comedy club.