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Critics’ picks: Television

PBS

SUNDAY

The Good Wife 9 p.m., CBS

The best network drama returns for its fifth season with Alicia planning her exit from the firm. Miraculously, this series has stayed good, despite lots of silly law-firm twists and a too-large cast. Their cases of the week are consistently clever.

MONDAY

We Are Men 8:30 p.m., CBS

Four recently divorced or separated men relish singlehood in a short-term apartment complex. Alcohol is consumed. Yup, it’s yet another “Hangover”-like sitcom effort to excavate bromance. The actors — Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell, and Chris Smith — are likable, but their adventures fall flat.

TUESDAY

The Mindy Project 9:30 p.m., Fox

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It was an odd choice, to make the superficial Mindy’s long-term boyfriend a Lutheran minister doing humanitarian work in Haiti. And that’s where the promise of this show lies, in its unexpected twists. In this episode, Pastor Casey has an identity crisis when he returns from Haiti, and he decides to become a DJ.

WEDNESDAY

The Bridge 10 p.m., FX

While the new network shows crowd TV lineups, this fine summer series finishes up its first season. The drama, about life, crime, and inequality on the border between El Paso and Juarez, was beautifully crafted in terms of set design and cinematography. And Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir have developed an unlikely but strong chemistry as police partners.

THURSDAY

The Millers 8:30 p.m., CBS

It’s hard to believe CBS is following the hit “Big Bang Theory” with this disappointment. It’s also hard to believe that this disappointment was created by Greg Garcia of two much better shows, “My Name Is Earl” and “Raising Hope.” Will Arnett’s reporter gets divorced, which inspires his parents to divorce. Mom Margo Martindale moves in with him, dad Jeff Bridges moves in with his sister; wackiness and fart jokes ensue. The talented cast is sunk by lame material.

FRIDAY

The Hollow Crown: Henry IV,
Part 2
9 p.m., Channel 2

This episode of PBS’s “Great Performances” series on Shakespeare’s history plays — called “The Hollow Crown” — takes on the second half of the playwright’s look at Henry IV’s reign. Jeremy Irons is the increasingly frail king, Tom Hiddleston (above) is his rising son, and you are the lucky viewer.

SATURDAY

The White Queen 9 p.m., Starz

From the start, this single-season,
10-episode series was heated-up and a little manic. Melodramatic intensity was never sacrificed for boring historical accuracy. Now, as it reaches episode eight, the temperature is soaring. King Edward IV is seriously ill and once-meek Anne Neville begins a power play.

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