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

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Noel Fisher.

Shameless Sunday at 9 p.m., Showtime

The season finale is here, after last week’s most excellent episode. I’ve praised the cast a lot, particularly Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, and Jeremy Allen White, who owned the season as Lip. But I’d also like to single out Noel Fisher, who plays Mickey Milkovich, Mandy’s older brother and Ian’s lover. He has done dynamic, powerful, and believable work showing cold-hearted Mickey’s slow transition out of the closet. Last week, when Mickey finally came out to his father in public, the moment was joyous and fully earned.

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Raising Hope Friday at 9 p.m., Fox

Like “My Name Is Earl” before it, “Raising Hope” started off really well and then just kind of got broad and repetitive and went on and on. These two are Greg Garcia’s best shows (he’s also behind “The Millers” and “Yes, Dear”), but they lacked the character depth and story line to stay interesting across many years. Still, after four seasons, “Raising Hope” leaves the air on Friday night as a reminder of the great comic chops of Martha Plimpton.

Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes Friday at 9:30 p.m., HBO


Unforgettable Friday at 8 p.m., CBS

Police forgetural.

Game of Thrones Sunday at 9 p.m., HBO

Khaleestorical drama.

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