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Watch this (week of Jan. 13)

SUNDAY HBO brings back  “Girls” (9 p.m., HBO) and “Enlightened” (9:30 p.m., HBO) for their second seasons. Will the critically acclaimed “Girls” be able to hold on to its buzz? On Showtime, three series return: “Shameless” (9 p.m.), “House of Lies” (10 p.m.) and “Californication” (10:30 p.m.).  MONDAY “Sex and the City” prequel “The Carrie Diaries” (8 p.m., CW) debuts as a teen Carrie Bradshaw falls in love with New York for the very first time. Canadian time-traveling cop drama… Read More »

Coming soon: ‘Community’ (and other favorites)

With the seasonal TV slowdown, I thought rather than highlight what’s on this week, I’d let you know when a few of your favorites are returning next month. Dates are subject to change, and I’m sure I’ve left some shows out. But either way, it’s a great time to unclog your DVR to make room for a busy new year: January 4 “Merlin” (10 p.m., Syfy) returns for its fifth and final season. January 6 Jillian is back as season… Read More »

Battle of the shows, part 2

I recently compared several similar-themed shows to see how they measured up against one another. Here’s a look at how, in one reviewer’s opinion anyway, six more shows compare.  Battle of the musicals: NBC’s “Smash” vs. Fox’s “Glee” The soapy drama “Smash” centers around efforts to bring a musical about Marilyn Monroe to Broadway. “American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee plays the straight-from-Iowa rookie with the big voice, while Megan Hilty plays the veteran who nabbed the title role (and a… Read More »

Weekly wrapup: ‘Top Chef,’ ‘Survivor’ and more

Here’s a look back at the best and worst of TV in the past week (Sept. 11-17), and a look ahead at what’s coming up.… Read More »