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TV NOTES: Oliver back for another season of smart satire

- Chuck Barney, East Bay (Calif.) Times

Here’s some very good news: After a three-month hiatus, John Oliver returns to launch the fifth season of his Emmy-winning satirical program. There’s no word on the subject matter of this week’s opener, but you can bet the boisterous Brit will take his typical deep dive into some weighty material, and that he will be really, really appalled. Sunday, HBO

Other bets

SUNDAY: The biggest names in basketball — at least the ones not injured — are showcased in the NBA All-Star Game. This year’s contest in Los Angeles introduces a new format, with rosters picked by captains LeBron James and Steph Curry, regardless of conference affiliatio­n. TNT

■ The saga of Hope Valley continues as When Calls the Heart launches a new season. In the opener, Lee is made acting sheriff when Abigail and Sheriff Bill leave town to testify in Gowen’s trial. Hallmark

MONDAY: Blurt is comedic TV movie for the kids that tells the story of Jeremy Martin (Jace Norman) who, after a virtual reality mishap, starts spouting every thought he has

out loud. Too bad he’s running for school president. Nickelodeo­n

■ The 2018 American Rescue Dog Show invites you to help save lives through adoption of shelter pets. The competitio­n features mixed breed and pure breed rescue canines competing in a variety of offbeat categories, including Best in Couch Potato, Wiggle Butt, Underbite, and Snoring. Hallmark.

■ Traffic Stop is an Oscar-nominated documentar­y short that recalls an incident in 2015, when AfricanAme­rican school teacher Breaion King was stopped for a minor traffic violation in Austin. What should have been a routine encounter escalated into a harrowing arrest that was captured by police dash cameras. HBO

TUESDAY: In the first of a twopart documentar­y, Frontline examines the bitter rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia that has plunged the Middle East into sectarian war. Included: A look at the roles religion and power politics play in the conflict. PBS WEDNESDAY: The Amazing Race caps off its milestone 30th season with a two-hour sprint to the finish that includes stops in Hong Kong and San Francisco. Whew. We’re exhausted just watching. CBS

THURSDAY: And you thought it would never end. Nope, The Bachelor Winter Games mercifully concludes as the participan­ts reunite and reflect on their experience­s. ABC

FRIDAY: The hazy misadventu­res continue on High Maintenanc­e. Tonight, Abdullah (Abdullah Saeed), a potential partner, takes over The Guy’s weed route while he tries to take some time off. Our prediction? Chaos. HBO

SATURDAY: The 2018 Winter Olympics are almost over, so you better get in some couch time. Tonight’s schedule in South Korea includes the final runs of the four-man bobsled and the gala figure-skating exhibition. NBC

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Chad Batka/ The New York Times John Oliver kicks off the fifth season of his faux-news show tonight on HBO.

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