First look: 'Shameless' cast gets all wet for season 2

First look: 'Shameless' cast gets all wet for season 2

An early glimpse at key art for the Showtime dramedy's new season

In its first season, I found Showtime's "Shameless" to be a promising show that didn't quite know what it wanted to be when it grew up. The American remake of the popular British drama, often adapting scripts from the original, straddled a line between comedy and drama, but seemed to be much more successful being serious than funny. Or maybe it was just that I found the scenes without William H. Macy as Frank to work better, whether they were comic or dramatic. Either way, Emmy Rossum was fantastic as Fiona Gallagher, as were most of the young actors in the cast. (And recurring guest star Jane Levy is already doing very well for herself as the star of "Suburgatory.")

We'll see if the new season, which debuts on January 8 (aka Elvis' birthday), has a stronger handle on either tone or Frank Gallagher, but in the meantime, here's the key art for the new season, showing the Gallagher clan figuring out the cheapest way possible to cool off in a typically hot Chicago summer.

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<p>NBC didn't have episode-specific art of last night's &quot;Prime Suspect,&quot;&nbsp;so enjoy the gang all posing together.</p>

NBC didn't have episode-specific art of last night's "Prime Suspect," so enjoy the gang all posing together.

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'Prime Suspect' - 'Regrets, I've Had a Few': I put a curse on you

The show has evolved into a strong workplace drama, but is anyone watching?

A review of last night's "Prime Suspect" - and how the show has evolved from its very shaky pilot - coming up just as soon as I call dibs on telling you that a tarp is not a reasonable expectation of privacy...

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<p>Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli in &quot;Grimm.&quot;</p>

Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli in "Grimm."

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Review: Fairy tales (also) come to life in NBC's 'Grimm'

Humorless approach and stiff leading man hamper potentially scary take on fabled monsters

"This is no fairy tale," Portland cop Nick Burkhardt is told when one of his cases appears to involve a monster as the perp. "The stories are real."

Well, of course they're real. Did Nick - the hero of NBC's new thriller "Grimm" (tonight at 9) - not watch Sunday's premiere of "Once Upon a Time" on ABC, this season's other new drama about fairy tales come to life?

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<p>Ben (Adam Scott)&nbsp;does not enjoy the party as much as April (Aubrey Plaza)&nbsp;and Andy (Chris Pratt)&nbsp;on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Ben (Adam Scott) does not enjoy the party as much as April (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy (Chris Pratt) on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Meet N Greet': Halloween headlock

Tom tries to hijack Leslie's party, while Ben and Andy wrestle at another one

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I quote Mary Pickford(*)...

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<p>Abed (Danny Pudi)&nbsp;and Britta (Gillian Jacobs)&nbsp;in one of seven &quot;Community&quot; Halloween stories.</p>

Abed (Danny Pudi) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) in one of seven "Community" Halloween stories.

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'Community' - 'Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps!': Cabin fever

For the second episode in a row, we get seven stories in one episode

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I'm comforted by your shiny hair and facial symmetry...

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<p>Team &quot;Chuck&quot;&nbsp;at the start of season 5:&nbsp;Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), Chuck (Zachary Levi)&nbsp;and Casey (Adam Baldwin).</p>

Team "Chuck" at the start of season 5: Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Casey (Adam Baldwin).

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Review: NBC's 'Chuck' returns for fifth and final season

It's amazing they've got this far, but how will the sprint to the finish look?

Tomorrow night at 8, NBC premieres the fifth and final season of "Chuck." Think for a minute about how ridiculous that is - or, if you're a fan of the show (which I've been from the start), how awesome that is.

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<p>Dylan McDermott and Denis O'Hare in &quot;American Horror Story.&quot;</p>

Dylan McDermott and Denis O'Hare in "American Horror Story."

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'American Horror Story' - 'Halloween, Part 1': Fluffer, nutter

The scariest holiday of the year brings a welcomingly toned-down episode

I know I said last week I was getting out of the "American Horror Storybusiness, but I happened to watch tonight's episode on a screener. And while it's still not a show I remotely like, I did feel like "Halloween, Part 1" at least addressed some of the concerns I had with the show, toning down the bat-crazy, everything and the kitchen sink approach Murphy and Falchuk had taken in the first three episodes, actually turned Addie into a character instead of a creepy symbol, and generally did good work with the non-Harmon characters. 

Tim Minear wrote next week's episode, so I'll at least be back for that, and maybe I'll keep these talkback posts going for the rest of the season. Since many of you have been enjoying the show a whole lot more than me, what did you think of this one? An improvement, or moving away from what you'd been enjoying?

Have at it.

<p>Zachary Knighton and Elisha Cuthbert dress up for Halloween on &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Zachary Knighton and Elisha Cuthbert dress up for Halloween on "Happy Endings."

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'Happy Endings' - 'Spooky Endings': You're a man, baby!

The gang (other than Brad) gets dressed up for Halloween fun

Earlier today, I interviewed "Happy Endings" producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff about the creative evolution of the show, and talked a bit about tonight's very funny Halloween episode (and, specifically, my love of Max and Penny's costume). A few thoughts on the episode coming up just as soon as I go to my weird gay turkey party...

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<p>Casey Wilson and Adam Pally in a scene from tonight's &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Casey Wilson and Adam Pally in a scene from tonight's "Happy Endings."

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Interview: 'Happy Endings' producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff

How has the ABC comedy evolved from its start last spring?

You may recall that when "Happy Endings" debuted last spring, I dismissed it as the last and least of that season's comedies about interconnected friends in their late 20s or early 30s. But I stuck with it for a while, and it grew on me quite a bit, and now it's part of my regular viewing/blogging schedule, and part of what's turned out to be a very strong comedy night for ABC.(*)

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<p>Claire Danes and &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;will be back for a second season.</p>

Claire Danes and "Homeland" will be back for a second season.

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Showtime renews 'Homeland' for season 2

Claire Danes/Damian Lewis drama has been fall's best new show

Showtime's "Homeland" has easily been the best new show of the fall season, comedy or drama. The only concern anybody seems to have with it is whether it can sustain its quality and keep its story - which to this point is a cat-and-mouse game between damaged CIA agent Claire Danes and potential terrorist Damian Lewis - going in an interesting, plausible manner for multiple seasons.

"Homeland" producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa insist they have a long-term plan for the series, and we're going to get a chance to see some of it, now that Showtime has renewed "Homeland" for a second season.

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