<p>Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch return to 221B&nbsp;Baker Street for a new season of &quot;Sherlock.&quot;</p>

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch return to 221B Baker Street for a new season of "Sherlock."

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Review: 'Sherlock' returns to PBS for season 3

After a two-year absence, there's more strain on the adventures of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

It isn't always easy being the smartest guy in the room. There's a lot of pressure that comes with celebrated genius, and if you can't demonstrate it each and every time out, people can start to look for a smarter person to take your place.

Nor is it all that easy to write the adventures of the smartest guy in the room — particularly if, as Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have done with "Sherlock," you insist on only making three 90-minute episodes a season. These modern-day adventures of Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) are beloved, but the series doesn't have the leeway a more traditionally-structured series — like, say, CBS' own modern-day Sherlock series "Elementary," which does 22 episodes a season — get. The scarcity of "Sherlock" makes every episode an event, which is a lot to live up to. Yet for the most part (the second episodes tend to be less impressive than the first and third), Moffat and Gatiss pulled it off through the first two seasons. Their take on these familiar characters and mysteries have been exactly as smart as their dark and mysterious hero, and they've become a sensation in the UK.

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<p>On &quot;Enlisted,&quot;&nbsp;Randy (Parker Young)&nbsp;tries to qualify on the rifle range.</p>

On "Enlisted," Randy (Parker Young) tries to qualify on the rifle range.

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Review: 'Enlisted' - 'Randy Get Your Gun'

Randy gets some 'Toy Story 3'-related advice, while Pete and Jill compete over everything

A quick review of tonight's "Enlisted" coming up just as soon as I put together a lookbook to show your barber...

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<p>ABC&nbsp;is following up &quot;Toy Story OF&nbsp;TERROR!&quot;&nbsp;with another &quot;Toy Story&quot;&nbsp;holiday special, &quot;Toy Story That Time Forgot.&quot;</p>

ABC is following up "Toy Story OF TERROR!" with another "Toy Story" holiday special, "Toy Story That Time Forgot."

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ABC announces 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' Christmas special

Woody, Buzz, Trixie and the gang will deal with aggressive action figures

One of the very best things ABC aired last fall was the "Toy Story" Halloween special, "Toy Story OF TERROR!," a half-hour adventure featuring Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the gang (plus a few new characters like Combat Carl) stuck in a motel on a dark and stormy night when strange things were happening to the toys. Though the toys probably exhausted their usefulness for full-length films with the amazing "Toy Story 3," they're sill incredibly valuable for shorter stories like that one, which dealt with Jessie's claustrophobia and turned Mr. Pricklepants into the "Toy Story" version of Abed from "Community."

"TERROR!" was so good, in fact, that I hoped it would just be the first of many holiday specials, and today ABC granted that wish, announcing the new Christmas special "Toy Story That Time Forgot," which will air this year during the holidays.

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<p>Skylar Astin and Briga Heelan in &quot;Ground Floor.&quot;</p>

Skylar Astin and Briga Heelan in "Ground Floor."

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Season finale review: 'Ground Floor' - 'The Decision'

Brody has to choose between Mansfield and Jenny; will the show come back?

So "Ground Floor" concluded a very satisfying, if often formulaic, first season in largely satisfying, if often formulaic (was there any way someone wasn't going to dash through the airport?) fashion. And that's been the thing about "Ground Floor" throughout. It does familiar things in an old-fashioned format, but is full of likable characters and good jokes, serving as a reminder that it doesn't matter how old a song is if you sing it well.

The ratings have been so-so throughout, but if I were a betting man, I would guess it comes back, less for its own performance than for what its survival would represent to the larger creative community. TBS is serious about making its own sitcoms and not just subsisting on "Big Bang Theory" repeats. Bill Lawrence isn't a commercial juggernaut (though "Spin City" was a hit, back in the day), but he's respected in the industry, and if TBS shows a willingness to be patient with a good but modestly-rated show from him, it encourages other creators and studios to pitch their projects there, as opposed to TBS being a dumping ground for stuff everyone else rejected. There's still no word, but I'd like to see this group back again. Briga Heelan in particular is so good as Jenny, and I worry that another show wouldn't be able to use her as well.

What did everybody else think, of both the finale and the season as a whole?

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<p>Mae Whitman as Amber on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Mae Whitman as Amber on "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Jump Ball'

Hank explores a diagnosis, Amber goes for a drive and Joel makes a decision

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I trash the evidence of my ninth grade accomplishments...

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot;&nbsp;April (Aubrey Plaza)&nbsp;tries to record a special moment with Ben (Adam Scott).</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," April (Aubrey Plaza) tries to record a special moment with Ben (Adam Scott).

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'New Beginnings'

Leslie returns to the parks department, Ben starts as city manager, and Ron wins an award

A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I can recognize elk hair...

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;and the study group return from a strange memorial.</p>

On "Community," Troy (Donald Glover) and the study group return from a strange memorial.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Cooperative Polygraphy'

Pierce vexes the study group one last time in a terrific bottle episode

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I send Liam Neeson a message about the roles he chooses...

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<p>Jane Levy in the &quot;Suburgatory&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Jane Levy in the "Suburgatory" season premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Suburgatory' - 'No Me Gusta, Mami'

Tessa and George try to reconnect while Dahlia teaches accountants to twerk

"Suburgatory" is back for a third season, and I have a few thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I look up pictures of Tony Danza's grandchildren...

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<p>Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez in &quot;Looking.&quot;</p>

Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez in "Looking."

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Review: HBO's 'Looking' a sharp look at three gay friends

New comedy has an excellent sense of place and community

HBO is celebrated more for its trailblazing dramas, but many of its half-hour series have also been responsible for pushing the limits of what's acceptable in TV comedy, or even what we consider comedy at all, from "The Larry Sanders Show" to "Sex and the City" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to more recent entries like "Girls" and "Enlightened." And what's most striking about HBO's newest comedy, "Looking" (Sunday at 10:30 p.m.) is how non-radical it seems. It's a series about three gay male friends in San Francisco, and incredibly frank about sex (though its explicitness tends to be more verbal than visual), and yet at the moment we're in as a culture, and in the evolutionary history of cable comedy, it just feels like a natural extension of what's come before.

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<p>Max Greenfield and Bob Gunton in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Max Greenfield and Bob Gunton in "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Basketsball'

Jess' friendship with Coach causes sexual complications with Nick, while Winston follows Schmidt at work

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I beat you with an orange in a sock...

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