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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

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Philip Roth: Unmasked 9 p.m., Channel 2

This installment of “American Masters” looks at the career of one of the living greats, the author of “Portnoy’s Complaint,” “Goodbye, Columbus,” and “Zuckerman Unbound.” Philip Roth, who turned 80 earlier this month, talks about being called a “Jewish writer,” about his literary influences, and about his research with a gravedigger for his novel “Sabbath’s Theater.” Roth avoids the subject of his personal life, so let’s retitle the show “Philip Roth: Only Partially Unmasked.”

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Happy Endings 8 p.m., Channel 5

Yeah, ABC has moved this returning sitcom to Friday nights, which could spell doom. If it fails in the ratings, which is likely, maybe TBS will pick it up? I think “Happy Endings” has more life in it, with an ensemble of actors who seem to have become able to precisely anticipate one another’s moves. But the dialogue may be too fast and, at times, cutesy for many viewers. The first of Friday’s two episodes has Penny and Max leaning on black-market cough syrup to stop them from late-night texting the men in their lives. Pictured: Casey Wilson as Penny and Adam Pally as Max.

A Clockwork Orange 10 p.m., Sundance Channel

Sponsored by the Partnership for a Droog Free America.

Flea Market Flip 9 p.m., HGTV

Sponsored by Pantene spray gel.

Arrested Development 10:30 p.m., IFC

The pilot, sponsored by Chiquita Banana.

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