<p>Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin in &quot;Homeland,&quot;&nbsp;which will stand on its own next fall.</p>

Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin in "Homeland," which will stand on its own next fall.

Credit: Showtime

Showtime announces premiere dates for 'Homeland,' 'Dexter' & more

'Nurse Jackie' in April, 'Ray Donovan' in June, 'Masters of Sex' in September

In television, you use established hits to launch new ones. In the fall of 2011, Showtime used its big gun "Dexter" to help launch "Homeland." Two years later, "Homeland" can comfortably stand on its own, and today Showtime announced (during David Nevins' executive session) a 2013 schedule that will split the two dramas up so they can be used to launch a pair of new series, "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex."

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<p>A visual representation of my Twitter feed's reaction to news of &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;being on the verge of renewal.</p>

A visual representation of my Twitter feed's reaction to news of "How I Met Your Mother" being on the verge of renewal.

Credit: CBS

Press Tour: 'Almost everything is completed' on 'How I Met Your Mother' renewal

Will the ninth season be the last? And will they hold the Mother reveal until the very end, no matter what?

When a late December report suggested that "How I Met Your Mother" was on the verge of being renewed for a ninth season, I began speculating once again on when Carter Bays and Craig Thomas intend to introduce us to Ted Mosby's future wife, and came to the conclusion that they'd rather that not happen until the very end of the series.

The renewal still isn't official, but CBS president Nina Tassler told reporters at press tour today that, "I will be very happy to report, in a very few days, I believe, that things will be resolved. We're very confident and excited that things will all work out. Almost everything is completed."

And comments she made about the pending renewal suggested that, no, we will not be meeting the Mother anytime soon.

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<p>Antony Starr in &quot;Banshee.&quot;</p>

Antony Starr in "Banshee."

Credit: Cinemax

Review: Cinemax takes a step back with 'Banshee'

A crook impersonates a cop in a low-wattage pulp thriller

I like to say of "Strike Back" that the show is better than it needs to be. Given the Cinemax brand, all it really had to offer was guns and breasts and it was going to get some kind of audience, but the show goes a lot deeper than that, and is executed on a much higher level than I might have expected. And though the channel's second series, "Hunted," had some plotting issues, it also had ambition and atmosphere and strong performances.

"Banshee," on the other hand, feels exactly like what I pictured when I first heard that Cinemax was getting into the scripted drama game — and not just because its main character leaves prison and has sex with a naked woman within the pilot's first 90 seconds. It's pulp fiction, but hampered by its leading man's limitations and some odd choices along the way.

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<p>Lena Dunham in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham in "Girls."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Girls' still up to bad behavior in season 2

Lena Dunham's show still one of TV's best, if most divisive
Hannah Horvath is getting her act together. If she can.
 
Hannah, the twentysomething heroine of “Girls” (played by the show’s creator, writer and director Lena Dunham) spent much of the HBO comedy’s first season alienating every person in her life — including many of the viewers who didn’t see the appeal of a show built around a young narcissist fumbling her way through the world. By the season’s end, she had chased away her best friend Marnie (Allison Williams), her boyfriend Adam (Adam Driver) and was alone on the beach at Coney Island, with a piece of wedding cake her only companion. 
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<p>Joss Whedon directing Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury in &quot;Avengers.&quot;</p>

Joss Whedon directing Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury in "Avengers."

Credit: Walt Disney Company/Marvel

Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' a hot topic at ABC's press tour day

ABC president 'very hopeful' the 'Avengers' spin-off will go to series next fall

This hasn't been the most successful of TV seasons for ABC president Paul Lee, who opened up his press tour executive session by lamenting the lack of new hits on his network (and most of the others). So it wasn't surprising that he perked up most whenever asked about a show that isn't even airing on his network yet — and hasn't technically been ordered to series — in Joss Whedon's "Avengers" spin-off "S.H.I.E.L.D."

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<p>Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles, Emma Dumont and Bailey Buntain are the &quot;Bunheads.&quot;</p>

Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles, Emma Dumont and Bailey Buntain are the "Bunheads."

Credit: ABC Family

Press Tour: 'Bunheads' talks fast, plots slowly, and is better for it

Amy Sherman-Palladino, Sutton Foster and friends have figured their show out

ABC Family's "Bunheads" is a show that many critics (myself included) felt took a while to find itself in its initial summer run. But when the dramedy about a showgirl (Tony winner Sutton Foster) who becomes a dance teacher in a small California beach town returned with new episodes on Monday, it had very clearly figured itself out. There was a very strong balance between comedy and drama, and between Foster and her younger co-stars — who seemed like afterthoughts way back in the pilot.

When the cast and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino came to press tour(*) this morning to discuss the show, all acknowledged that there was something of a learning curve.

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<p>The &quot;Arrested Development&quot;&nbsp;gang back in their FOX&nbsp;glory days.</p>

The "Arrested Development" gang back in their FOX glory days.

Credit: FOX

'Arrested Development' cast reunites for Netflix: Press tour live-blog

What have the Bluths been up to since 2006? And what will episodes look like?

Welcome to one of the most anticipated events of the 2013 Television Critics Association winter press tour: the reunion of virtually the entire cast of "Arrested Development" to discuss the show's resurrection on Netflix with 14 episodes debuting in May (date TBD).

We're curious to hear from creator Mitch Hurwitz what the Bluths have been up to, what format these episodes (which will all be released on the same day) will take, what took so long to make this happen, and a lot more. And I imagine one or two people will accuse Michael Cera of holding the whole thing up.

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<p>Timothy Olyphant and Patton Oswalt in a scene from the &quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;season 4 premiere.</p>

Timothy Olyphant and Patton Oswalt in a scene from the "Justified" season 4 premiere.

Credit: FX

Press Tour: 'Justified' changes things up for season 4

Showrunner didn't want 'just another big bad'

Before the new season of "Justified" debuted last night (here's my premiere review), I wrote that showrunner Graham Yost tries to reinvent the show each season, this time turning the show into something of a murder mystery. When Yost came with his cast to press tour today, he confirmed that this was a big goal for season 4.

"We really thought that would be a fun thing to try this year as opposed to just another big bad," Yost said.

(Note: some incredibly vague spoilers for season 4 follow; don't read if you don't want to know even the structure of the year.)

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<p>Dax Shepard and Peter Krause in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Dax Shepard and Peter Krause in "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Small Victories'

Max grows up, Victor calls the cops and Amy makes a big decision

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I pee with extreme prejudice...

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<p>Timothy Olyphant and Patton Oswalt in a scene from the &quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;season 4 premiere.</p>

Timothy Olyphant and Patton Oswalt in a scene from the "Justified" season 4 premiere.

Credit: FX

Season premiere review: 'Justified' - 'Hole in the Wall'

Patton Oswalt helps Raylan with a bounty hunting gig, while Boyd hires some muscle

"Justified" is back for season 4. I wrote an overall review of the start of the season yesterday, and I have specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I Netflix "Lebowski"...

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