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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Friday

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The White Queen Saturday at 9 p.m., Starz

This gauzy 10-part show is a must-see for those who love the Philippa Gregory “Cousins’ War” novels on which it is based. Set during the War of the Roses in the 15th century, it’s royal melodrama at its juiciest. It’s like an aphrodisiacal “Game of Thrones,” with lots of bodices ripped, plots hatched, and crowns coveted. And this is a must-not-see for those who don’t like their historical fiction loaded up with romance and untethered to facts. Max Irons, Jeremy Irons’s son, stars as King Edward IV, and he looks like a young Tom Berenger. I must admit it, your grace: I am hooked.

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True Blood Sunday at 9 p.m., HBO

The 10-episode sixth season comes to an end on Sunday with hints from showrunner Brian Buckner that Alexander Skarsgard may deliver a full frontal. Yup, that’s about the most this long-in-the-tooth series has to offer at this point. But the ratings are still decent, and HBO has already renewed “True Blood” for a seventh season. The name of the season finale is “Radioactive.”

Three Stooges Marathon Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-noon, IFC

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

Breaking Bad Sunday at 9 p.m., AMC

Knock, knock, knock.

Low Winter Sun Sunday at 10 p.m., AMC

Won’t you come and wash away the rain.

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