<p>HBO&nbsp;has ordered a second season of &quot;Girls,&quot; along with more "Veep."</p>

HBO has ordered a second season of "Girls," along with more "Veep."

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HBO renews 'Girls' & 'Veep' for season 2

Freshman shows have gotten HBO its best comedy reviews in years

HBO has renewed both of its new Sunday comedies, "Girls" and "Veep," for second seasons, each with 10 episode orders.

Though HBO has largely renewed its freshman shows on the Tuesday after their debuts in recent years, that pattern hasn't been absolute, and in this case there was the added complication that "Veep" debuted a week after "Girls," and that HBO likely wanted to renew them at the same time to avoid making the other show look/feel bad.

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<p>The new season of &quot;Sherlock,&quot;&nbsp;with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will premiere on PBS on Sunday May 6. </p>

The new season of "Sherlock," with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will premiere on PBS on Sunday May 6.

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Keeping things in moderation: 'Sherlock'

Your local TV critic will be heading to New York to talk about a London detective

Turns out Thursday night's "Boardwalk Empire" Emmy panel (which I hope to post clips of sometime in the next few days) wasn't the only TV-related event I'll be moderating over the next week or so. This Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m. Eastern, I'll be in New York at the Apple Store SoHo to talk about "Sherlock" with writer Steven Moffat and his producing partner (and wife) Sue Vertue, in advance of that show's American premiere on PBS on Sunday, May 6.

Where the "Boardwalk" event was streamed live, my understanding is that this "Sherlock" Q&A (some with me, some with the audience) will be available to download as a video podcast at a later date. I'll offer those details when I have them.

I've seen all three parts of "Sherlock" season 2 and am very excited to have this show back. (Though, as with the first season, the middle episode lagged behind the other two.) Based on the response last year, and my "Doctor Who" coverage during the period when there was a lag between British and American airings, my guess is that many of you have already watched the entire second season, so I'll ask you to be vague in the comments out of respect for both my spoiler policy and the American viewers who haven't seen it yet.

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<p>Michael J. Fox, Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski in &quot;The Good Wife&quot;&nbsp;season 3 finale.</p>

Michael J. Fox, Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski in "The Good Wife" season 3 finale.

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'The Good Wife' - 'The Dream Team': Kalinda's secret stash

Michael J. Fox and Martha Plimpton team up in a memorable finale

A review of the "The Good Wife" season finale coming up just as soon as I pick out the right sledgehammer...

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<p>No one has a good time at the big &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;gala. </p>

No one has a good time at the big "Mad Men" gala.

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'Mad Men' - 'At the Codfish Ball': The dirty city

Disappointment reigns for Don, Megan, Sally and Peggy

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I spread my legs and fly away...

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

Zosia Mamet and Lena Dunham in "Girls."

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'Girls' - 'All Adventurous Women Do': You're the inspiration

Hannah gets her STD results, Jessa gets a job and Marnie meets an artist

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I pass you an STD but enjoy your quirky web presence...

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<p>Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' - 'The Ghost of Harrenhal': Three deadly wishes

Plans change rapidly as season 2 reaches its mid-point

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I'm able to kill people with my mind...

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<p>Jon Hamm and Tracy Morgan in a scene from the live &quot;30 Rock&quot;&nbsp;episode.</p>

Jon Hamm and Tracy Morgan in a scene from the live "30 Rock" episode.

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'30 Rock' - 'Live From Studio 6H': With a lot of help from our friends

Paul McCartney, Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler, Donald Glover and more stopped by for a much-improved live episode

A quick review of Thursday night's "30 Rock" live show coming up just as soon as I go viral and take medicine for it...

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<p>&quot;The Simpsons&quot;&nbsp;have another vacation that goes awry in Sunday's episode.</p>

"The Simpsons" have another vacation that goes awry in Sunday's episode.

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Review: On 'The Simpsons,' Bart takes the family on a sea cruise

Sunday's episode is a reminder of the pleasures of latter-day 'Simpsons'

I've written a lot about "The Simpsons" this season, between the two-year renewal, a wave of nostalgia before the airing of the 500th episode, and my feeling that this is one of the stronger overall seasons of the last 10-plus years, and a good example of why I'm glad the show continues to churn out new episodes after all this time.

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<p>Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd in "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Debate': Pain don't hurt

Amy Poehler writes, directs and stars in a Leslie Knope tour de force

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I love it when you're needlessly disgusting...

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;Abed (Danny Pudi)&nbsp;and Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;get their &quot;Law &amp;&nbsp;Order&quot;&nbsp;on.</p>

On "Community," Abed (Danny Pudi) and Troy (Donald Glover) get their "Law & Order" on.

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'Community' - 'Basic Lupine Urology': Law & Order: Special Biology Unit

The Greendale gang pay homage to an NBC classic

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I honor the pinky swear of a degenerate...

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