Critic’s picks: Television

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Homeland 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’ve focused on the fallout from the bombing and the public distrust of the CIA. Don’t worry, Claire Danes fans; still plenty o’ cryface happenin’ for ya.


How I Met Your Mother 8 p.m., CBS

This is the last season, and it will all take place over a single weekend, with lots of the show’s trademark whooshes back and forth in time. I will be watching all of it, with fingers crossed. In this episode, Lily realizes she is Robin’s only girlfriend.


Chicago Fire 10 p.m., NBC


My not-so-guilty guilty pleasure returned for season two a couple of weeks ago in a new time slot, and it’s still as boilerplate as boilerplate can be. The hunky firemen action — with the smoldering Taylor Kinney and the fuming Jesse Spencer — is mixed in with a healthy dose of soap opera, so that the characters are often conducting flirtations while tending to burn victims. It’s very “Third Watch”-y.


Super Fun Night 9:30 p.m., ABC

This sitcom was created by and stars Aussie actress Rebel Wilson from “Pitch Perfect.” It’s about a trio of nerdy women who used to get together every Friday night to stay home in PJs — but now they’ve decided to start stepping out. The show could have been a “Big Bang Theory” for awkward women finding empowerment, but the formulaic writing isn’t good enough. Wilson is saddled by mediocre jokes, which she wrote, and an inhibiting American accent.


Glee 9 p.m., Fox

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This is the episode that will break the news of the death of Finn Hudson, who was played by the late actor Cory Monteith. According to show co-creator Ryan Murphy, we won’t learn how Finn died in the episode, which will feature the return of a number of former New Directions members. The idea is to focus on Finn’s life, and pay tribute to Monteith along the way.


The Walking Dead marathon 8-midnight, AMC

The series returns on Sunday for season 4, so AMC has been marathoning episodes all week and will continue to do so until the premiere. Tonight, you can jump onto “The Walking Dead” with the third season, as the survivors enter the prison.


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

How’s the show doing with all of its new cast members? This season will be an interesting experiment, to see which of them will break through. Bruce Willis hosts this episode, with musical guest Katy Perry.

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