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Masterpiece Mystery’s  “Sherlock” (8pm Sun, PBS)

Last year, Masterpiece Mystery’s “Sherlock” did Sherlock Holmes a favor by plunking him down in our own time. The contemporary setting revived the detective franchise, rescuing it from period-piece quaintness. The new Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) is, in modern parlance, a hunk. (“Brainy is the new sexy,” as a female admirer puts it.) He’s become an internet phenomenon thanks to a blog by sidekick Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman). And he’s a recognizable 21st century type: a jerk. This Holmes is contemptuous of his fellow mortals, with a brain that works at twice the normal speed. “BORING!” he bellows, contemplating cases at the start of Season 2.

The case that finally sparks his interest involves a sexy dominatrix who possesses incriminating pictures of a British royal. She proves to be a formidable opponent, worming her way into Holmes’ heart. Who knew he even had one of those?

The filmmakers, God bless them, have no reverence for Arthur Conan Doyle’s source material. They merely set out to have fun. The script is witty, the pace quick, the production endlessly inventive. Expect slow-motion fights, dream sequences, onscreen text — anything to keep you watching. Not even Holmes could find this series BORING.

Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding (8pm Thu, Bravo)

This spinoff from The Real Housewives of Atlanta chronicles the run-up to Kim Zolciak’s dream wedding. While it’s a “dream” for her, it’s a potential nightmare for groom Kroy Biermann, who hoped for a relatively small, inexpensive affair. Kim doesn’t know the meaning of “small” (a glance at her fake boobs will tell you that), and she quite literally doesn’t know the meaning of “inexpensive.” “$50,000 — is that a lot?” she asks, genuinely puzzled when someone refers to a wedding ring’s astronomical price.

I must admit that Kim is an entertaining reality TV subject. Shamelessness plays well in this genre, and she’s the foul-mouthed queen. She brags about her skills in the bedroom. She uses baby talk to get her way when Kory expresses doubts about the wedding. And she’s honest about her reasons for buying the biggest diamond known to man: “Bitches need to see this from Texas.”

Watching Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding is a great way to experience Kim’s big personality. Not recommended: marrying her yourself.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (8pm Sat, HBO)

In the early days, it was exciting when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted one musical god after another. Take the 1989 induction ceremony, which gave Valhalla a run for its money by enshrining Stevie Wonder, Bessie Smith, Otis Redding, and the Rolling Stones. A couple decades later, however, the rock 'n' roll genre appears to be running out of immortals. The best of this year’s batch are the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers — great bands, certainly, but probably not Hall of Fame great. From there it gets worse. This year’s list also includes Donovan, Laura Nyro, and The Faces, whose names scarcely ring a bell anymore.

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