<p>Dermot Mulroney (or possibly Dylan McDermott)&nbsp;with Laura Dern in the &quot;Enlightened&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Dermot Mulroney (or possibly Dylan McDermott) with Laura Dern in the "Enlightened" season premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Enlightened' - 'The Key'

Learning to appreciate Mike White's abrasive-by-design HBO series

"Enlightened" is back for a new season, and I have a few thoughts on where the series stands creatively at this point coming up just as soon as I join a gym and inherit a timeshare...

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<p>Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin in the &quot;Shameless&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin in the "Shameless" season premiere.

Credit: Showtime

Season premiere review: 'Shameless' - 'El Gran Canon'

Frank wakes up in Mexico, Jimmy's in-laws return, and Lip builds a killer robot

I'm very happy to have "Shameless" back on my TV, and I have a few thoughts on the season 3 premiere — and the series as a whole — coming up just as soon as I focus on the White Sox box scores...

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<p>Allison Williams and Andrew Rannells in a scene from the &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;season 2 premiere. </p>

Allison Williams and Andrew Rannells in a scene from the "Girls" season 2 premiere.

Credit: HBO

Season premiere review: 'Girls' - 'It's About Time'

Hannah dates Donald Glover, Elijah and Marnie try a duet, and Shoshanna wants her dignity

"Girls" is back. I offered some initial thoughts on the new season on Friday, and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as the pants made of SCUBA material make me look crazy...

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<p>Lance Briggs plays himself on tonight's &quot;lost&quot; episode of &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Lance Briggs plays himself on tonight's "lost" episode of "Happy Endings."

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'Happy Endings' producers on 'Kickball,' Sunday scheduling and renewal hopes

A 'lost' season 2 episode sees the light of day, and ABC promises the double-pumping is a good thing

Tonight at 10, ABC will be airing something doubly unusual: another episode of "Happy Endings" on a Sunday night — as part of a recent strategy where that show and "Don't Trust the (Bitch) in Apt. 23" have been airing on both Tuesdays and Sundays so they can finish their seasons before "Dancing with the Stars" returns in March — and an episode that was left over from the previous season.

For scheduling reasons, tonight's episode, "Kickball 2: The Kickening" — a sports-filled episode guest starring Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs — never aired last spring, and has been sitting in limbo in America (though it's aired internationally) until tonight.

When I was at ABC's press tour party a few nights ago, I ran into "Happy Endings" producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff, and asked them about "Kickball" finally seeing the light of day, their thoughts on this scheduling strategy, and whether they think they have a shot to come back next year.

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<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.

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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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