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Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Friday

Richard Cartwrigh

Live From Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel” With the New York Philharmonic Friday, 9 p.m., Channel 2

The colorful musical comes to the small screen with a star-studded cast chock-full of Tony Award nominees and winners including Kelli O’Hara (“South Pacific,” “The Light in the Piazza”) and Shuler Hensley (“Oklahoma,” “Young Frankenstein”) and opera star Nathan Gunn (above, with O’Hara). For those who’ve never seen the show but know many of its famous songs — including “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” — this is an excellent introduction to an American classic.

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Happy Endings 8 p.m., Channel 5

Is this the season finale or the series finale? The sitcom’s fate was still up in the air as of press time, but the prognosis wasn’t good. Although there is scuttlebutt that USA might pick up the fizzy, fast-paced comedy if it is canceled by ABC we likely won’t know until May. So if this is goodbye, we’d like to thank Brad, Penny, Jane, Max, Dave, and Alex for the laughs, especially Mandonna. Pictured: Zachary Knighton and Elisha Cuthbert.

Vegas Friday, 9 p.m., Channel 4

Random thought: If they lived in the same era, would Vic Mackey and Vincent Savino be friends?

Blue Bloods Friday, 10 p.m., Channel 4

Danny helps a man who got into the wrong stuff, oh, oh, oh, oh, no.

Smash Saturday, 8 p.m., Channel 7

Four words to strike fear in the hearts of already weary fans: guest star Kathie Lee.

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