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Critic's Notebook: The NBC Upfront

Christina Applegate

The Peacock has finally found its voice. But as a critical new season of rebuilding beckons, they've got to be careful not to wear it out.

That was the takeaway from NBC's cautiously optimistic kickoff to Network Upfront Week on Monday, as new NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced, "Today is the start to the road to recovery," while warning the turnaround could take years. Unspoken was the acknowledgement that it could hardly get worse. While not everything on the new season's slate looks like a winner, NBC is once again showing signs of life. And by midseason, when the new shows look to be much stronger, the buzz is likely to get much louder.

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Showtime Renews Californication; Sets Returns for Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara

David Duchovny

On the heels of its most-watched series premiere, Californication has been picked up for a fifth season. 

The Season 4 debut of the David Duchovny comedy drew 1.2 million viewers between its two airings Sunday.

Showtime also announced Friday that Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara will return on Monday, March 28. The Borgias, an upcoming period drama starring Jeremy Irons, will debut with a two-hour premiere on April 3 at 9/8c.

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