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

EE British Academy Film Awards
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EE British Academy Film Awards.

EE British Academy Film Awards Sunday, 8 p.m. BBC America

Better known as the BAFTAs, the British Academy Awards really aren’t all that different from the American Academy Awards. In fact, nearly all the major films and actors up for awards are American. But because the host is British (Stephen Fry), and the announcer is British, it all sounds so much classier. Added bonus: No Ryan Seacrest! The HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra” was released theatrically in the UK and as a result it is up for several BAFTAs. Sadly, there is no category for Best Performance by an Actor Wearing a Rhinestone-Studded G-String, because hometown hero Matt Damon would have a lock on the category.

Downton Abbey Sunday, 9 p.m. WGBH 2


Most major networks are waving the white flag in surrender while NBC figure skates all over them in the ratings with Olympic coverage. Which means you’re left with a whole lot of re-reruns. Thankfully cable and PBS are not afraid to compete against Johnny Weir’s ensembles. Does anyone else think that Johnny Weir is the Liberace of 2014? Back to tonight’s other television. Let’s revisit “Downton Abbey,” shall we? This is going to be controversial, but I’ll say it anyway: Cousin Rose (Lily James, pictured) is a bore. Discuss.

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The Good Mistress Saturday, 8 p.m., Lifetime

Life is not good for this mistress.

The Good Wife Sunday, 9 p.m., CBS

Better than the good mistress.


Sister Wives Sunday, 9 p.m., TLC

Too much of a good thing.

Christopher Muther can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther.