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Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Friday

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Mr. Selfridge Sunday at 9 p.m., Channel 2

In a review of this show, cleverly titled “Piven not good as gold in ‘Mr. Selfridge’ ” by Globe editors, I wrote that Jeremy Piven is seriously miscast in this miniseries. While Piven was perfect as Ari Gold in “Entourage,” he is monotonous and unsubtle as the man trying to revolutionize department-store shopping in early 1900s London. And I continue to hear from readers who are passionately against this assessment, both via e-mail and on Twitter. So I went back and rewatched and I am now even more convinced that he is the weak link in an otherwise mildly entertaining “Masterpiece Classic” series. He doesn’t know what to do with himself when he’s not yelling.

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

This series just keeps growing stronger, ratingswise. Last week, “Game of Thrones” had a series high, bringing in 5.3 million viewers – 6.7 million after repeated plays are factored in. Creatively, it’s as crowded as ever. I still love it, but I admit to getting lost here and there along the way. There’s no shame in that, is there?

My Strange Addiction 10 p.m., DFH

She eats Vicks VapoRub. Guess she’s not campho-phinicky.

Happy Endings 8 p.m., Channel 5

The season – please not series – finale. (Said really fast.)

Merlin 10 p.m., Syfy

The series – and season – finale. (Said with mystic wonder.)

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