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Critic’s picks: Television

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SUNDAY

The Good Wife 9 p.m., CBS

With all the secret meetings, heavy eye contact, and whispering going on around the office, it had to happen. Alicia and Cary’s plans to leave the firm are exposed. Now let’s see which clients are willing to go with them.

MONDAY

How I Met Your Mother 8 p.m., CBS

Here’s where I was hoping to praise the show for an experimental final season that takes place entirely in one weekend. Alas, here’s where I complain about how mediocre the writing has been so far. In this episode, the still-traveling Marshall tries to get the gang to stop Lily from getting an upsetting text message.

TUESDAY

War of the Worlds 9 p.m., Channel 2

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This episode of “American Experience” revisits the Oct. 30, 1938, radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’s “War of the Worlds” by Orson Welles. The documentary includes interviews with Welles’s eldest daughter, Chris Welles Feder, and Peter Bogdanovich, as well as dramatizations of letters sent to Welles after the broadcast. Some listeners reportedly believed the account of a Martian invasion. Maybe the contemporary parallel is Jimmy Kimmel’s fake twerking video?

WEDNESDAY

The Tomorrow People 9 p.m., The CW

Like “Arrow” right before it, this show gains a significant number of viewers once you factor in DVR viewing. About pretty young people with special powers at war with a nefarious group called Ultra, the show is neither special nor ultra special.

THURSDAY

The Crazy Ones 9 p.m., CBS

I keep rooting for David E. Kelley’s sitcom, because I like some of the cast members, namely James Wolk and Hamish Linklater. But so far, the episodes haven’t been very fresh. Occasionally Robin Williams and Wolk have a good time as the head of the ad agency and his mini-me, respectively, and the writers have kept Williams’s manic craziness at a minimum; but still, it’s just another predictable workplace comedy with hit-or-miss writing.

FRIDAY

Great Performances 9 p.m., Channel 2

You could speed-read “Moby-Dick” tonight. Or you could take in the San Francisco Opera’s adaptation of the Herman Melville novel by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Jay Hunter Morris stars as Captain Ahab, whose pursuit of a white whale is a little bit obsessive.

SATURDAY

Saturday Night Live 11:30 p.m., NBC

Kerry Washington of “Scandal” makes her hosting debut, with Eminem as the musical guest. Her appearance comes in the middle of some controversy about the lack of black female cast members on the show.

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