The Good Wife
The sophomore sensation continues to surprise and delight fans, and tonight's episode, the last original of 2010, promises more of the same. Alicia races against the clock to secure a stay of execution for a death-row inmate who is scheduled to die in nine hours. It's all set in motion when Alicia receives a cryptic message from a courthouse clerk concerning the condemned man's appeal. In more personal matters, Alicia, who recently learned of Will's phone call in which he professed his love for her, but which was deleted by Eli before she heard it, asks Will if they can talk about their relationship. Sounds like a good setup for 2011. — Tim Holland
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Melissa & Joey
8/7c ABC Family
Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence were successful sitcom kids in the 1980s and 1990s, and now they've teamed up to star in (and executive produce) a new comedy reminiscent of such favorites as Who's the Boss? and Charles in Charge from that era. In tonight's series opener, busy politician Mel (Hart) gains custody of her teenage niece and nephew after their parents get in trouble with the law. Mel needs help looking after the kids, and that's when unemployed Joe (Lawrence) enters the picture.
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Now, where are we going into tonight's season (series?) finale? Tom, who we know is a dead man, made a deal with Lenny (the guy who stole Lenny's identity years ago, actually), and Lenny turned on the Tobins after Joe turned him out. Joe has already gone bonkers: How much further will he sink? What's with Patty and the horse? And with Julian Decker? And look for more developments in the Season 1 murder of David Connor. (Watch out, Arthur Frobisher!) At the very least, Ellen can take comfort in that.
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9 pm/ET Showtime
It's the return of the king, as this royal melodrama, one of Showtime's crowning achievements, begins a third season. Serial bride-taker (and killer) Henry VIII (his number of succession, not the total of women he married), is betrothed for the third time. Gentle, genteel and kindly noblewoman Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis) is his choice, and the pressure mounts on her to provide him with a male heir, while Henry deals with a northern uprising over his anti-Catholic Reformation.
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