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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Friday

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Vice 11 p.m., HBO

This new docuseries is HBO’s answer to the network newsmagazines, which are generally tabloidy. The show, hosted by Vice Media founder Shane Smith, travels around the world with “immersive reporters” to look at violence and unethical behavior abroad. Each half-hour of the series will feature two segments, including a look at political assassinations in the Philippines, women in North Korea, and would-be suicide bombers.

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Veep 8-10 p.m., HBO2

Yup, another four-letter word beginning in V that’s on HBO. Did you miss the first season of this comedy? Now’s the time to check it out, not because it’s great but because its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is great and because it returns for season 2 on April 14. Louis-Dreyfus can do no wrong, in my book. She’s just always funny, and she can make even inferior material fly. I’m hoping the writers will give season 2 a more distinct arc, instead of a series of amusing vignettes that don’t build to anything.

A Woman’s World 8 p.m., TCM

Cher chooses four movies. Lay your money down.

Happy Endings 8 and 8:30 p.m., Channel 5

RuPaul is the GuEst StAr.

Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook 9 p.m., Channel 2

Liza Minnelli talks about . . . who cares. She is to be seen.

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