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Critic’s corner

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By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / October 2, 2010

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Masterpiece Mystery! Tomorrow at 9 p.m., Channel 2

One of the best recent additions to the PBS family of detectives is Kenneth Branagh’s Kurt Wallander (pictured), a Swedish inspector adapted from the novels by Henning Mankell. Branagh’s Wallander is a weary, rundown fellow who has a reserve of righteous fury right below the surface. The three episodes in 2009 offered compelling crime mysteries and beautiful cinematography, and tomorrow night PBS introduces the first of three new installments. It’s called “Faceless Killers,’’ and it is about the murder of an elderly couple.

Bored to Death Tomorrow at 10 p.m., HBO

I really like this show, created by author Jonathan Ames. It’s just a droll little slice of life about being a romantic but neurotic writer in Brooklyn, and it’s the perfect vehicle for the Dustin Hoffman-esque Jason Schwartzman. Best known for breaking through in “Rushmore’’ in 1998, Schwartzman plays a melancholy, guarded, sweet guy with a mop-top haircut. His eyes are expressive, but his face is deadpan. And his comic timing is excellent, as he positions his punch lines on the downbeat. He and Ted Danson are a funny pair of opposites, as Danson goes over the top sharing way too much personal information about his sex life. Also a plus: Zach Galifianakis from “The Hangover’’ as Jonathan’s loser cartoonist buddy and Jenny Slate as his girlfriend. By the way, Ames has a cameo at the end of Sunday’s episode.