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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Friday

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Broadchurch 11 p.m., BBC America

Here’s your chance to hook into this engaging crime mystery, a British import that got very high ratings in the UK. On Friday, BBC America is reairing the premiere, which first aired on Wednesday. Set in a seaside town after the murder of an 11-year-old boy, the story follows two very different detectives — nicely played by a warm Olivia Colman and a brusque David Tennant (above) — as they work the case and dredge up some of the town’s secrets. It’s like “The Killing,” except that the atmosphere is brighter and, because there are only eight episodes, the plot is a whole lot tighter.


Magic City 9 p.m., Starz

Sniff. This show, a lush 1950s-set melodrama about the Jewish mob in Miami, was just canceled. So Friday night’s season 2 finale doubles as the series finale. I was a fan of “Magic City,” which was like a trashy, diverting Harold Robbins novel made with gorgeous period detail. But very few people were watching it, and Starz did what it had to do. Pictured: Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kelly Lynch.

The White Queen Saturday at 8 p.m., Starz

Tis a bodice ripper, your grace.

Hell on Wheels Saturday at 9 p.m., AMC

And thou mightest likest to watchest a western, milady.

Ray Donovan Sunday at 10 p.m., Showtime

Does thou enjoyest wicked good drama, your excellency?

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