Two of the most acclaimed comedies of last season will join forces when Showtime pairs "Nurse Jackie" and "The United States of Tara" next spring.
 
"Nurse Jackie" and "The United States of Tara" will premiere their second seasons at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Monday, March 22, 2010. That means an earlier-than-expected return for "Nurse Jackie" and a later-than-expected return for "The United States of Tara."
 
Both shows, plus their respective stars Edie Falco and Toni Collette, are expected to be big players when the Golden Globe nominations are announced next month. Collette already snagged an Emmy win for her work on the first season of "Tara," which launched in January 2009. With its June 2009 premiere, "Nurse Jackie" has yet to be eligible for any award consideration.
 
Showtime's Friday (Nov. 6) premiere announcement also covered a slew of additional new and returning programs.
 
On Monday, Jan. 25, "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" and "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" will be back for their third seasons, filling the 10 p.m. hour. The following week, those shows will be joined by the 11 p.m. series premiere of Marc Wootton's "La La Land." Those comedies will presumably run with new episodes right up until the March 22 premieres for "Jackie" and "Tara."
 
Finally, the fourth and final season of "The Tudors," featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, will premiere on Sunday, April 11 at 9 p.m. We're somehow doubtful that things will end happily for Henry VIII, but that doesn't mean we won't tune in for the conclusion of his search for love and a viable male heir.