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Tina Fey

Tina Fey

Oh, what will we do on Thursday nights without the wonderful wit of Tina Fey and company? As the various loopy characters gather for the final episode of “TGS” before moving on to the next phase of their lives (Liz is now a mother!  Kenneth is the head of NBC? Really?), let us take a moment to thank Tina, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, Tracy Morgan, Jack McBrayer and everyone else  for seven seasons of a very witty, clever and funny television show. Hour-long series finale. 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC.

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justified

Tuesday nights just got a whole lot better with the return of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and this wonderfully involving drama, based on the works of Elmore Leonard. For the fourth season, Givens unravels a 30-year old cold case that hits close to home. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday on FX.

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American fans have been waiting nearly a year for the return of this glorious and oh-so-satisfying British miniseries. While much has been made about the guest appearance of Shirley MacLaine — she’s wonderful, by the way — there are many other things to celebrate. My favorites: that deliciously wicked pair of servants, Thomas and O’Brien (Rob James-Collier and Siobhan Finneran); the restrained-but-changing Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville); and the force of nature that is the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith). Prepare some tea and crumpets and luxuriate in the two-hour season premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday on KCTS.

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Carrie Brownstein, left, Fred Armisen and guest-star Chlöe Sevigny in the season premiere of “Portlandia.”

After a wonderful preview episode last month, the quirky comedy starring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen is back for a third season with funny back-to-back new episodes. There’s a guy who proclaims that he’s “never owned a TV” discovering the current state of MTV; great musical numbers (“Change the world, one party at a time”); commercials for “natural” deodorant; and Portland “missionaries” sent to Seattle on a quest.

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