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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

Shameless Sunday at 9 p.m., Showtime

There was a lovely sequence of scenes in last week’s excellent episode, as little Debbie (played with the right gentle touch by Emma Kenney, above) consoled the depressed Sheila (Joan Cusack). She skipped school to help, just as she used to help her mother. I love it when “Shameless” gets all tender and stuff. The business about Frank becoming a gay icon is also perfect — funny and absurd and so much more satisfying than that creepy subplot about Vanessa’s mother. On Sunday, Frank figures out how to cash in on his newfound celebrity.

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