<p>Brent Sexton as Stan Larsen in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Brent Sexton as Stan Larsen in "The Killing."

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'The Killing' - 'Reflections/My Lucky Day': Everything's going to be different now?

What did everybody think of the AMC mystery series' season premiere?

I posted my review of "The Killing" season 2 earlier this week. Like I said, while I thought there were some improvements, notably in the way they dealt with some of the character work (the Jamie/Gwen scenes in particular), it's still not a show I enjoy enough to be writing about every week. I imagine I'll watch the season on an irregular schedule and then come back to discuss how well (or not) the show handled the close of the Larsen case.

But for tonight, it's your turn. For those of you who came back, what did you think of the two-part premiere? If you were happy with the first season, did the quality continue? If you were among the angered, did you see any signs of hope in these two hours, or more of the same? Is there anyone who tuned in for this one to give the show a last chance and is now done with it? How did people feel about what we learned about Holder and the photograph? Did you like the new character played by Mark Moses from "Desperate Housewives" and "Mad Men"? Were fans of the Danish original happy to see Sofie Gråbøl (as Linden's friend in the prosecutor's office) playing scenes opposite Mireille Enos? Did you want more rain? Less rain? Chubby rain?

Have at it.

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<p>Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in "Game of Thrones."

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Season premiere review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'The North Remembers'

Tyrion, Jon Snow and more get or give lessons of power in the fantasy series' triumphant return

"Game of Thrones" is back for a second season. I posted my advance review on Thursday, and I have specific thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as we trade gossip like a couple of  fishwives...

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<p>Justin Chatwin and Emmy Rossum in &quot;Shameless.&quot;</p>

Justin Chatwin and Emmy Rossum in "Shameless."

Credit: Showtime

Season finale review: 'Shameless' - 'Fiona Interrupted'

The Gallaghers are there for each other in the touching close to season 2

A review of the "Shameless" season finale coming up just as soon as I put the baby in the clothes dryer...

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<p>Jack (Alec Baldwin)&nbsp;interrupts Liz (Tina Fey)&nbsp;in mid-meditation on &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Jack (Alec Baldwin) interrupts Liz (Tina Fey) in mid-meditation on "30 Rock."

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'30 Rock' - 'The Shower Principle': 30 Rock already did it!

Liz realizes her life never changes, while Jack finds salvation in sofas

A review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I pants Deepak Chopra while Craig T. Nelson tapes it...

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<p>Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos return for &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos return for "The Killing."

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Review: AMC's 'The Killing' returns, slightly improved, for season 2

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The plot is still a mess, but at least the characterization is getting better
Late in the two-hour season two premiere of "The Killing" (Sunday night at 8 on AMC), the show's heroine, Seattle cop Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) laments several mistakes she's made and says, "I wish I had known the truth."
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<p>Jason Isaacs in &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

Jason Isaacs in "Awake."

Credit: NBC

'Awake' - 'Oregon': The grass is always greener

Britten's cross-timeline 'hunches' come back to bite him while chasing a serial killer

A review of tonight's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I learn a hundred dollar lesson...

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<p>John Goodman and Danny Pudi in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

John Goodman and Danny Pudi in "Community."

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'Community' - 'Digital Exploration of Interior Design': The spy who loved Subway

Troy and Abed fight again, while Britta falls in love with a corporation

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I'm flown to Dubai to stay in an underwater hotel...

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<p>On &quot;Happy Endings,&quot;&nbsp;Alex (Elisha Cuthbert)&nbsp;has to make a quick switch from butch to femme.</p>

On "Happy Endings," Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) has to make a quick switch from butch to femme.

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'Happy Endings' - 'Big White Lies': Come and knock on our door

Does a stupid sitcom trope become funny if you're aware that it's stupid?

A review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I'm a young, handsome Ron Popeil...

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<p>Can Sofia Vergara and &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;shoot down &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;in Hulu's Best in Show?</p>

Can Sofia Vergara and "Modern Family" shoot down "Community" in Hulu's Best in Show?

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Hulu's Best in Show moves into round 4

It's 'Community' vs. 'Modern Family' and 'Sons of Anarchy' vs. 'The Walking Dead'

When I left the office last night, the next round of Hulu's Best in Show competition was shaping up to have an obvious narrative: popular hits vs. critically-adored cult favorites. In one bracket, we would have "Community," which had the only easy victory of round 3 over "New Girl," vs. "Modern Family," which had beaten out "Archer" by the slimmest of margins. In the other bracket, we would have "Sons of Anarchy," which held on for a tight win over "Game of Thrones," versus "Breaking Bad," which had eked out a see-saw battle with "The Walking Dead." I made my picks, emailed my blurbs to Hulu, and went home to my family.

But the third round wasn't technically over yet, and "The Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara — a Twitter newcomer who's quickly learned how to leverage social media from his old "Shield" colleague Kurt Sutter — kept stumping for votes, and by the time dinner was finished, "Walking Dead" had slipped ahead again, and stayed there until the voting closed.

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<p>In &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;season 2, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson)&nbsp;faces many challengers to his crown.</p>

In "Game of Thrones" season 2, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) faces many challengers to his crown.

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Review: HBO's 'Game of Thrones' is bigger and better in season 2

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More characters! More locations! More kings! More awesomeness!
Sometimes with storytelling, less is more, and more is less. Sometimes, when you have too much going on — too many characters, too many storylines, too many big moments — nothing gets the proper attention or makes the intended impact. Sometimes — particularly in the world of television, where there are limits in terms of both time and money — you're better off focusing on a smaller group of things you can do well.
 
Sometimes, though, if you have talented enough people — and, even better, if they're working off of great source material —  then more can, in fact, be more. "Justified" has demonstrated that repeatedly this season as it's thrown a virtual army of colorful bad guys at Raylan Givens. And on Sunday night at 9, HBO's "Game of Thrones" makes its triumphant return with a second season that features more of everything: more characters, more locations, more brutality.
 
And, as the follow-up to an incredibly strong debut season, it's even more fun.
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