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This nighttime soap never made it on my radar when it premiered last fall, but after some amazing word-of-mouth and a few viewing marathons, I’m now caught up and completely hooked. It’s the Hamptons-set story of revenge-seeking Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) and the ultra-wealthy Grayson family (with Madeleine Stowe in fine form as the matriarch — Alexis Carrington would be jealous). It’s like a high-gloss cheese, or your favorite junk food. Once you have a taste, you cannot stop.

Now it’s back with new episodes after a brief hiatus. Daniel (Josh Bowman) is in prison, Victoria Grayson (Stowe) is plotting and scheming and Emily is trying to keep a cool head. It’s time to clear your Wednesday evening schedule (or at least some space in your DVR). I, for one, cannot wait to see what comes next.

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Recently renewed for a third season (thank you, Fox), this hilarious comedy closed its season with a great episode that had the Chance family on trial to retain custody of that adorable baby, Hope. Virginia Chance (the Emmy-deprived Martha Plimpton) wore a “Dynasty”-style, ’80s power suit, and there were great cameos from stars of producer Greg Garcia’s previous sitcom “My Name is Earl.”

I’ll miss this show on it’s hiatus. Hurry back folks!

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I’m such an easy mark for this sort of show, but I was in no way prepared for the delicate, lovely and moving “Lark Eden” (now playing at the Theater Schmeater).

Natalie Symons’ drama tells the story of three Southern women, lifelong friends who communicate through notes, letters and telephone calls over decades of love, marriage and loss. Symons’s script and direction, and the amazing cast (Teri Lazzara, Katie Driscoll and Michelle Chiachiere) are all top notch.

Only two performances left. If there’s any chance you can go, just go.

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The memory of criminal matriarch Mags Bennett (Emmy-winner Margo Martindale) has been a powerful thread through the third season of this excellent series (based on the works of Elmore Leonard). In her absence, the creators have filled Harlan County with all sorts of criminals, including Mags’ tweaky son, Dickie (Jeremy Davies), the mysterious Ellstin Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson) and that bad penny, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins). Nothing that came before could prepare us for this season’s “big bad,” though, the charming, unstoppable and downright evil “carpetbagger” Robert Quarles (Neal McDonough). Hold on tight, I feel a standoff coming between Quarles and U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) in tonight’s season finale. 10 p.m. Tuesday on FX.

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I’m so proud of my niece today. She’s started an ASL club at Western Washington University in Bellingham. And she made the paper. An actual newspaper!

Check out the article in the Western Front. Go, Kayla!

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Happy Easter from me and my family (circa 1976)!

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ImageThese are a few of my “Happy Endings” season finale favorite things: The Mandonna cover band, Pitchy Pete, Cooba, the Skype Table, Yellow suits and “Like a Prayer.”

It was an “A-mah-zing” second season. Hurry back guys!

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