J.K. Simmons stars in “Growing Up Fisher.”

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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 2, 2009 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela reacts at the Mandela foundation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a meeting with a group of American and South African students as part of a series of activities leading to Mandela Day on July 18th. Israel's state archive has published a 50-year-old letter stating that the Mossad spy service unwittingly offered paramilitary training to a young Nelson Mandela in 1962, and released a number of other documents showing a tense relationship between the Jewish state and apartheid-era South Africa. The release of the documents in the wake of Mandelaís death appear to be aimed at blunting criticism of Israel's close alliance with South Africa's apartheid rulers. (AP Photo/Theana Calitz-Bilt, Pool, File)

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TV picks for Feb. 22:  "Ripper Street,” "Growing Up Fisher,” "NAACP Image Awards”

  • February 21, 2014 - 1:35 PM

London calling

“Ripper Street,” more proof that the Brits do detective stories better than we Yanks, returns for a second season of intrigue in East London, 1890. New threats include a female gang going after industrial tormentors, subversive cult Svengalis and a mad eugenicist who stalks circus freak shows for prey. 8 p.m. Sat., BBC America

Image makers

Oprah Winfrey salutes Nelson Mandela during “The 45th NAACP Image Awards,” an event that brings together a wide range of talent, including Idris Elba, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Ben Vereen and Ed Asner. Anthony Anderson has hosting duties. 8 p.m. Sat., TV One

Father knows best

It’s always risky to revolve a sitcom around a character with a physical disability, but “Growing Up Fisher” manages to walk the tightrope thanks to a sentimental script by DJ Nash and a strong performance by the always reliable J.K. Simmons, playing a man who doesn’t let his blindness get in the way of being a strong role model for his son. 9:38 p.m. Sun., KARE, Ch. 11

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