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"Truth Be Told," Mark-Paul Gosselaar's latest attempt to prove he's graduated from "Saved by the Bell," is the latest sitcom to try to prove its edginess by engaging its characters in meaty conversation that's about as natural as Pauly Shore taking over "Meet the Press." NBC deserves credit for hiring a diverse cast and touchy subjects such as "white guilt," but good intentions don't go very far without good writing. 7:30 p.m. Friday, KARE, Ch. 11

Doctor's hours

It could have been interesting to see what Clive Owen would have done as James Bond, but casting him in the iconic role would have probably kept him from playing the shaken-but-not-stirred surgeon in "The Knick," the early-20th-century medical drama that's so gloomy it makes "ER" look like Disney World. Steven Soderbergh returns as the second season's chief director. 9 p.m. Friday, Cinemax

Chasing Amy

In "Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo," the red-hot talent slams journalists for labeling her a "sex comic" — and then launches into routines about oral sex, bedroom positions and STDs. Not that the material isn't clever, particularly a bit when she takes on the film industry for casting Kevin James as Rosario Dawson's lust interest, but it would be nice to see the "Trainwreck" star explore some new territory. 9 p.m. Saturday, HBO

Paint by numbers

Turns out those caricatures you get done at the county fair are a bit of a rip-off, at least compared with the art whipped out on "Portrait Artist of the Year," a new competition series that goes down well with tea and crumpets. This quest to find the UK's best portrait artist can sometimes be as excruciating as watching paint dry, but it's nice to see a reality show that doesn't rely on hot-tempered contestants getting drunk and preening for the camera. 11 a.m. Sunday, Ovation

Neal Justin