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TV Critic’s Corner for Saturday, Feb. 2


Betty & Coretta 8 p.m., Lifetime

Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz had plenty in common. Their husbands were assassinated, they were deeply engaged in the civil rights movement, and they were single mothers. This Lifetime movie portrays their friendship in a Lifetimey way, with Angela Bassett (left) as Coretta and Mary J. Blige as Betty.

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Elementary Sunday at 10 p.m., Channel 4

CBS is plugging its Sherlock Holmes series into the post-Super Bowl slot, which means the freshman procedural drama will be sampled by a lot of new viewers. Perhaps they can boost it from the 11 million-ish viewers it gets now to the 15-million-ish viewers that “Person of Interest” gets. Quality-wise, “Elementary” is a middling show, with the overacting by Jonny Lee Miller (above) balancing out the underacting by Lucy Liu. In Sunday’s episode, Terry Kinney guest stars as a criminal some are speculating will be Moriarty, Holmes’s legendary nemesis.

Ripper Street 9 p.m., BBC America

What the dickens is going on in Whitechapel?

NFL Honors 9 p.m., Channel 4

Host Alec Baldwin unwindulaxes post-“30 Rock.”

Puppy Bowl IX Sunday at 3 p.m., Animal Planet

Beagyonce will perform.

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