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Critic’s corner: Jan. 11


Enlightened Sunday at 9:30 p.m., HBO

Very few people watched the first season of this series last year. And that was too bad, because it was an excellent, smart character drama with comedic elements. Written by Mike White (more in “Chuck and Buck” than “School of Rock” mode), the series gave us a high-strung woman played beautifully by Laura Dern trying — and failing, and trying again — to change for the better. It was a show with small victories but, like “Nurse Jackie,” lots of hard knocks — not exactly a big audience pleaser. On Sunday, the second season finds Dern’s Amy now trying to bring down the company that, last season, demoted her after her nervous breakdown.

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The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday at 8 p.m., Channel 7

Tina Fey of “30 Rock” (right) and Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation” are hosting this year. Yeah, the telecast is on NBC. I’m looking forward to watching the pair, two of TV’s best comedic actresses (both are Globe nominees), and I hope they have good material to back up their appeal. I’m also hoping that, as on so many “Saturday Night Live” episodes, a few surprise visitors show up onstage.

Fringe 9 p.m., Channel 25

Walter enters the deprivation tank. Next week, so do fans.

Portlandia 10 p.m., IFC

Nina’s birthday party: sunrise yoga. Practice your excuse pose.

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 11:35 p.m., Channel 7

The Ben Affleck campaign begins.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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