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Critics corner: What’s on TV this weekend

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Saturday at 8 p.m., TCM

In a 1966 Paris Review interview, playwright Edward Albee said he first saw the title of his 1962 play (which became a 1966 movie with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, above) scrawled as graffiti in a bar in the early 1950s. “When I started to write the play, it cropped up in my mind again,” he says. “And of course, who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf means who’s afraid of the big bad wolf . . . who’s afraid of living life without false illusions.” He also said this about those then interpreting it as a story about four gay men disguised as two straight couples: “If I had wanted to write a play about four homosexuals, I would have done so.”

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A Capitol Fourth 8 p.m., PBS

Tom Bergeron hosts this bit of holiday fireworks from D.C., which will include performances by Frankie Valli (pictured), Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, and Michael McDonald. John Williams is scheduled to unveil a special arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 8 p.m., NBC

Hello. It’s Lionel Richie.

Bad Teacher Saturday at 8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS

You’ve heard of sunburn? This is Saturday burn.

The Leftovers Sunday at 10 p.m., HBO

Served hot.

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