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Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV this weekend

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Emun Elliott with Elaine Cassidy in “The Paradise.”

The Paradise Sunday at 9 p.m., Channel 2

Set in the 1870s, this new seven-part PBS “Masterpiece Classic” is about the first department store in Britain and the ambitious man behind it. The man is played by Emun Elliott, and not Jeremy Piven, so he is mysterious and faceted. Based on Emile Zola’s novel “Au Bonheur des Dames,” “The Paradise” is good enough — not must see, but pleasant for those of us who enjoy observing the morals and manners of another time and place. (Pictured: Elliott with
Elaine Cassidy.)

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Homeland Sunday at 9 p.m., Showtime

The writers are doing a great job of rebooting the series for season three. Instead of going back into the absurd love affair between Carrie and Brody, they’re focusing on the fallout from last season’s bombing and the public distrust of the CIA. Don’t worry, Claire Danes fans; still plenty o’ cryface happenin’ for ya. (Pictured:
Danes with Mandy Patinkin.)

Saturday Night Live 11:30 p.m., NBC

Smiley Irus.

The Good Wife Sunday at 9:30 p.m., CBS

Failicia Orick.

Boardwalk Empire Sunday at 9 p.m., HBO

Mal Carpone.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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