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The second episode of “Lucy: Daughter of the Devil,” Cartoon Network’s best new series in years, hits tonight, as does HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Also, don’t forget “Tell Me You Love Me,” yet another show I love, brings its second episode tonight, and its third episode to HBO On Demand starting tomorrow. The plotlines for the first eight “Tells”:
SEPT. 9 Episode #1: Katie (Ally Walker) confronts Dave (Tim DeKay) after catching him in a private moment; Carolyn (Sonya Walger) and Palek (Adam Scott) face an ongoing fertility crisis; Jamie (Michelle Borth) questions Hugo's (Luke Farrell Kirby) ability to remain faithful. Written by Cynthia Mort; directed by Patricia Rozema. SEPT. 16 - Episode #2: Jamie's doubts about Hugo persist; Carolyn is surging, but Palek seems to be losing interest; Dave and Katie argue over the value of Katie's therapy sessions; May (Jane Alexander) reaches out to an old acquaintance. Written by Cynthia Mort; directed by Patricia Rozema. SEPT. 23 - Episode #3: Mason (Kate Towne) tells Jamie she should find someone else, but Jamie can't shake the memory of Hugo. Palek brightens after passing a sperm-crisis test, but new clouds emerge after Carolyn shares the couple's frustration at a gathering of friends. As Dave and Katie approach a dubious anniversary, Isabella (Aislinn Paul) helps her father pick out a gift for Katie that leaves both parents feeling helpless. A trusting Arthur (David Selby) urges May to face up to her past. Written by Cynthia Mort; directed by Patricia Rozema. SEPT. 30 - Episode #4: Katie is shocked when Dave joins her at therapy, even more so after hearing what he has to tell May. Carolyn shares a college secret with Palek, who ends up skipping her session and avoiding her calls. Rebuffed by Hugo, a troubled Jamie turns to May for guidance. Written by Cynthia Mort & Anya Epstein; directed by Rodrigo Garcia. OCT. 7 - Episode #5: Carolyn (Sonya Walger) and Palek (Adam Scott) try a more aggressive approach in their efforts to get pregnant; May (Jane Alexander) suggests a first step to solve David (Tim DeKay) and Katie's (Ally Walker) intimacy problems; Jamie (Michelle Borth) vows celibacy, but finds Nick (Ian Somerhalder), whose own relationship is on the rocks, hard to resist. Written by Vanessa Taylor; directed by Anthony Hemingway. OCT. 14 - Episode #6: May offers up a novel idea for David and Katie to save their marriage. As Carolyn and Palek come to terms with their infertility, Palek makes a revelation to his startled wife. Later, Carolyn steps up her effort to be made partner at her law firm, and Palek decides to put their house on the market. After an awkward visit with Nick's family, Jamie and Nick assess their relationship. At Arthur's (David Selby) insistence, May meets up with an old flame. Written by David Schulner; directed by Ernest R. Dickerson. OCT. 21 - Episode #7: With both kids at sleepovers, Katie and Dave get a rare night alone, and make small steps towards rekindling their intimacy. Jamie's new relationship with Nick is jeopardized by the reappearance of Hugo (Luke Farrell Kirby). Palek and Carolyn change homes, but their problems continue, even as Carolyn gets some unexpected good news. Written by David Gould & Dylan Gary and Cynthia Mort; directed by Melanie Mayron. OCT. 28 - Episode #8: Dave and Katie debate the value of continued therapy. Palek worries about losing his identity in the wake of Carolyn's recent revelation. Nick is spending more and more time at Jamie's, but she can't tell him what he wants to hear. Written by Anya Epstein; directed by Alex Zakrzewski.
The plotlines for the first eight “Curb” installments:
SEPT. 9 - Episode #51: "Meet the Blacks." Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) talks Larry (Larry David) into adopting the Blacks (Vivica A. Fox, Ellia English, Nick Nervies, Carla Jeffrey), a family displaced by a hurricane; Larry invents the "perfect" excuse for missing a pair of parties. Directed by Larry Charles. SEPT. 16 - Episode #52: "The Anonymous Donor." The Davids and the Blacks move into a new house, and take in a new guest; Larry rewrites a dry-cleaning rule; Jeff (Jeff Garlin) finds his reputation stained; and Larry envies Ted Danson's anonymity. Directed by Robert B. Weide. SEPT. 23 - Episode #53: "The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial." Larry argues with Susie (Susie Essman) and Richard Lewis over condolences, confronts a pair of "sample abusers" at an ice-cream parlor and a perfumery, and is accused of pinching flowers by Marty Funkhouser (Bob Einstein). Directed by David Mandel. SEPT. 30 - Episode #54: Larry's regrets getting Richard Lewis' girlfriend Cha Cha (Tia Carrere) a job near the office bathroom; a waiter is doomed by a doggy-bag dispute; and Larry proves inept at "talking lefty." Directed by Alec Berg. OCT. 7 - Episode #55: "The Freak Book." A book about freaks, coupled with a chauffeur's incapacity, sets Larry (Larry David) up for a string of ejections involving Ted Danson, John McEnroe and a group of mourners. Directed by Bryan Gordon. OCT. 14 - Episode #56: "The Rat Dog." Larry tests the limits of sick sex; Loretta (Vivica A. Fox) and Leon's (J.B. Smoove) job prospects are burned by a slow toaster; Larry befriends an exterminator, to a deaf woman's regret. Directed by David Steinberg. OCT. 21 - Episode #57: "The TiVo Guy." A malfunctioning TV device puts Larry's marriage with Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) into crisis mode. Directed by Jeff Schaffer. OCT. 28 - Episode #58: "The N Word." Larry tries to do Auntie Rae (Ellia English) a favor, but ends up offending her instead. Jeff's (Jeff Garlin) stay at the hospital to get a "snore job" opens up a new opportunity for Larry, who takes full disadvantage of it. Directed by Tom Kramer.
"Tell Me You Love Me": 9 p.m. Sunday. HBO. "Curb Your Enthusiasm": 10 p.m. Sunday. HBO. "Lucy, Daughter of the Devil": 12:15 a.m. Monday. Cartoon Network.

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  • Sept. 16, 2007, 8:01 p.m. CST

    These shows still on?

    by Pennsy

  • Sept. 16, 2007, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Tell me you love me

    by Falcon5768

    is just plain boring. Flat out if I wanted to watch a show about the emotional and sexual problems of people, I would fucking live life since I know one or two people who fit every aspect of that show. And I dont care that you see some chick jerking off a dude, it was NOT interesting. You have to go to great lengths to make a show with sex vividly detailed bore me to tears... or rather to another station HBO which is what Tell me did.

  • Sept. 16, 2007, 8:35 p.m. CST

    I'm not a fan of The Wire dvd cover but

    by eggbeater

    that fourth season was awesome.

  • Sept. 16, 2007, 8:55 p.m. CST

    HERC-PERBOLE = CN's "best new series in years"

    by Mullah Omar

    How many new CN shows *are* there every year? I don't know that number, but I *do* know that this sort of Herc-perbole about new shows seems to arrive on a regular basis.

  • Sept. 16, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by Hercules

    You cheapen the term "Hercperbole" by adding the hyphen.

  • Sept. 16, 2007, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Ever notice whenever there's a truly literate series

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    like TELL ME YOU LOVE ME, that the dummies pipe up about it being "boring"? Ugh. These are the same people who bitch about films like THE THIN RED LINE being boring. Fucking dullards.

  • Sept. 16, 2007, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Tell Me You Love Me isn't...

    by Christopher3

    "The Thin Red Line." That movie had, like, music and cinematography and editing, shit that "Tell" seems to have ignored in an attempt to be raw, honest and groundbreaking. Also, real-life rich white people with relationship problems don't argue 90% of the time and fuck the other 10%. But hey, what do I know? I'm not raw, honest and groundbreaking, like HBO, which keeps insisting to me that it's raw, honest and groundbreaking.

  • Sept. 16, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by DJSpoonfed

    I really didn't like the first ep of that... We'll see how the second one pans out, but I don't think it's very good. Definitely no Venture Brothers. It's not even close to Frisky Dingo either.

  • Sept. 16, 2007, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Frisky Dingo

    by seekshelter

    the first season was all over the place. it seems like they've tightened up and focused the series. very much improved ...even the first season, at its worst, was still much better than Lucy. which is sad.. cuz i was rooting for Lucy to be good. it's just not working for me. i had hoped that with 'coach mcguirk' as the main char.... ehhh... i guess it was just hope.

  • Sept. 17, 2007, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Actually Herc, it's the THIRD episode of Lucy DotD.

    by Ye Olde Gravy Leg

    The pilot aired years ago and didn't get picked up back then. The episode which aired last week, Escapeoke, continues the storyline from the pilot. You should check the pilot out if you haven't seen it already. It's probably on youtube or something.

  • Sept. 17, 2007, 8:10 a.m. CST

    No Curb comments

    by BizarroJerry

    This one was much better than last week's. There's something very funny about Ted Danson, as himself, being the villain of the show. And Susie Essman continues to be awesome.

  • Sept. 17, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Last night's Curb

    by tendermelon

    much better than the premiere.

  • Sept. 17, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by Yogsoggoth

    has much hotter faked sec than HBO and the characters on their shows are more interesting too.

  • Sept. 17, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by Falcon5768

    you are a idiot. Its not groundbreaking, its not even fucking close. Its thirtysomething with some tits, ass and OMG a dick here or there. The characters are D U L L. There is nothing remotely interesting about their problems that we have not seen elsewhere.... Hell even American Beauty covered this crap and did it while being pretty interesting. And Im sorry Thin Red Line was good. Tell me isnt going to last this "season" and good riddance. Maybe if HBO could produce a decent new drama without resulting on cliche's that they used with their past crop, I will start taking their "groundbreaking" series crap seriously.

  • Sept. 17, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Oh snap! I was banned and comments deleted lol

    by crayon

    All for essentially agreeing what Mulah said. (well, I'm sure it was more for constantly berating Herc's writing.. but I find it funny that my similar comment is deleted and then he responds in jokey "ah, you got me!" manner to Mulah) <br><br> Well anyway, to summarise I firstly said that Tell Me You Love Me was the most boring pilot I've watched for ages. And even my unashamed love for HBO may not be able to pull me back for more. <br><br> Then secondly (and why both posts got deleted I expect) I added that Coaxial is Herc's personal Award Ceremony where every show becomes the "BEST" something, even if it means shaping it down to "the BEST new drama on network tv airing on a Thursday night at 9:30"

  • Sept. 17, 2007, 4:08 p.m. CST

    agree with bacci40 about Californication

    by crayon

    and I actually quite enjoyed the first and second episodes... but now it feels more like it's failing because they're trying to appease all audiences <br><br> "Hey, we want to be cynical and edgy... but we also want to show that Hank is really a hooker with a heart of gold." <br><br> Already got a second season, though. And I admit I will probably watch it, depending what else is opposite.

  • Sept. 17, 2007, 7:49 p.m. CST

    I never said it was groundbreaking

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    Only literate.