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

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Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way 9 p.m., Showtime

This documentary profiles Geraldine Ferraro, the first women to run for vice president on a major party’s ticket, in 1984. She changed the possibilities for women in this country, which is discussed in the film by Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Nancy Pelosi, George H.W. and Barbara Bush, and Walter Mondale, her running mate. There are also interviews with Ferraro done during the last months of her life, in 2011. Yes, the film is purely celebratory, not least of all because it was made by Ferraro’s daughter, Donna Zaccaro.

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Ripper Street Saturday at 9 p.m., BBC America

If you like your murder mysteries smart, gruesome, and bleak and your settings Victorian, try this show. Matthew Macfadyen carries the moral weight as the lead detective solving crimes in London after the siege of Jack the Ripper. And the fantastic Jerome Flynn (left), who is Bronn on “Game of Thrones,” plays his enforcer. In this episode, the team look into the murder of a telegraph boy.

Dog With a Blog 8:30 p.m., Disney Channel

It has been a rough, rough, rough day, readers.

Shameless Sunday at 9 p.m., Showtime

Requisite “Shameless” plug.

American Dream Builders Sunday at 8 p.m., NBC

Berkus is willin’ — to host this new renovation series.

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