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    Critic’s picks: Television

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    The Newsroom 10 p.m., HBO

    Aaron Sorkin’s I’m-half-trying-to-be-politically-neutral-but-not-succeeding drama about the TV news business returns for more long paragraphs of dialogue. The premiere has the show’s fictional network preparing for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, as Occupy Wall Street gears up.


    POV 10 p.m., Channel 2

    The PBS documentary series gets all coming-of-agey with the lyrical feature “Only the Young.” It’s about three Christian teenagers in small-town California dealing with the effects of economic downturn and the prospect of life after graduation. They are bored, and surrounded by foreclosed homes and empty swimming pools.


    Pretty Wicked Moms

    10 p.m., Lifetime

    Poor Lifetime. It knew it should have had “Project Runway,” so it bought it. Now, it just knows it should have the “Real Housewives” franchise, so it’s copying it. In this knockoff, six very superficial and competitive mothers live, love, and fight in Atlanta.


    My Own Private Idaho

    8 p.m., Sundance Channel


    I tend to forget about this lovely, unique Gus Van Sant movie from 1991. River Phoenix gave one of the best performances of his short life as a narcoleptic street hustler in Portland, Ore., who falls for his best friend, the mayor’s son, played by Keanu Reeves. The atmosphere is haunting and, with its non sequitur imagery, surreal.


    Wilfred 10 p.m., FX

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    The show has been more active in addressing the question of why Ryan sees Wilfred the dog as a man in a dog suit. The writers are building a mythology around it. But I don’t want the answer. Most people with dogs end up projecting humanness onto them. That’s what makes “Wilfred” funny — that and Jason Gann’s gonzo performance.


    The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

    9 and 9:30 p.m., IFC

    IFC has been defining itself nicely as a cult comedy channel, with “Portlandia,” “Maron,” and repeats of “Arrested Development.” The network is reairing this two-season series that it premiered in 2010, and it’s occasionally amusing, mostly thanks to stars David Cross and Will Arnett, both from “Arrested Development.” Cross is an incompetent office temp sent to London to sell an energy drink called Thunder Muscle.


    The Toyman Killer

    10 p.m. Lifetime

    A psychologist must evaluate the sanity of a woman on death row who is exhibiting signs of dissociative identity disorder. Ticktock, she has only seven days before the execution to determine whether the girl is faking. Sarah Carter and Magda Apanowicz star.


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