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‘Wicked in Concert: A Musical Celebration’
When to watch: Sunday at 9 p.m., on PBS. (Check local listings.)

This new special is for only the super “Wicked” fans because despite several lovely performances (including from Amber Riley, right, doing “Defying Gravity”), there’s a baffling inertness to this “celebration.” Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth provide bland talking-head intros to each number, but they don’t actually appear together or even perform — their “For Good” was filmed in 2016. As we inch ever nearer to a “Wicked” movie, let this serve as a reminder for all involved that just doing a good job on the songs will not suffice.

‘Ben & Jerry’s: Clash of the Cones’
When to watch: Now, on Discovery+.

One essential rule of cooking competition shows: Never use the ice-cream maker. It’s a finicky kiss of death, a time-suck kryptonite. So a show dedicated to making ice cream feels a little like dancing with the devil. But “Clash of the Cones,” in which contestants compete to create Ben & Jerry’s flavors, is so overwhelmingly good-natured that there’s barely a swirl of danger — just tasty sounding flavors, well-crafted challenges and critiques that include such lines as, “It takes away from my chunk experience.” If you like “The Great British Baking Show,” try this. New episodes air Mondays on Food Network.

‘Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes’
When to watch: Now, on Netflix.

The occasional poppy tone of this Norwegian series (in Norwegian with subtitles, or dubbed with British accents) makes it seem like a winky comedy, but there’s a dark and violent element here, too. Live (Kathrine Thorborg Johansen, right) roars back from the dead, right at the beginning of her own autopsy, and suddenly her hearing is incredibly sensitive and also she has this crazy thirst for blood. Being undead has its plusses and minuses, but if, like Live, your family runs the local funeral home, an outbreak of immortality is bad for business. “Mortem” is six engrossing episodes, and while its brutality is not for the easily squicked out, the much more upsetting feature is that it has the loudest eating sounds of anything I have ever watched.

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