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

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The Newsroom Sunday at 10 p.m., HBO

I’ve seen the first four episodes of the new season, and they’re fantastic. Sunday night, Aaron Sorkin returns for the second season of his smart take on the TV news industry, addressing reporting and industry competition issues that are eerily current. Also, there are excellent new characters, including Marcia Gay Harden’s First Amendment lawyer, Constance Zimmer’s tart Romney spokesperson, Grace Gummer’s reporter, and Hamish Linklater’s new “News Night” producer. Meanwhile, Jeff Daniels (above) still rocks it as the razor-tongued anchor.

The Newsroom Sunday at 10 p.m., HBO


I’ve seen the first four episodes of the new season, and they’re totally annoying. Seriously, Aaron Sorkin is a brilliant writer, but his dialogue is too wordy and fast. No one in real life speaks like that, right? And so many of the characters are irritatingly sanctimonious and self-serious, especially Alison Pill’s unstable Maggie. They’re juvenile, too, when it comes to all the obvious and repetitive romantic tensions. Ugh.

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Comedy Bang! Bang! 10 p.m., IFC

It should be “Comedy Comedy Bang Bang,” right?

The Nightmare Nanny Saturday at 8 p.m., Lifetime

The parental jugular.


Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious Saturday at 10 p.m., OWN

Can we settle on Usterical?

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