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    Season 2 premiere of HBO’s “Divorce” aired Sunday night.

    Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Tracy Letts, Dean Winters, Talia Balsam, & Jemaine Clement.

    Episode Title: “Night Moves”

    Synopsis: After finally signing divorce papers, a financially strapped Robert looks for work and a new living situation; Frances battles insomnia and her newly complicated relationship with her children; Diane and Nick’s new communication technique leads him to make an unexpected decision; Dallas continues her secret fling with Robert’s lawyer, Tony Silvercreek.

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    I just don’t find this show very interesting for some reason. At times it is pretty dull.

    Based on the premiere, if they do things right they could give some good material to SJP – but let’s hope that it is more than that 15 second moment on the trampoline. It was good but so brief.

    The main highlight is Molly Shannon. Next time there is a thread about good performances on bad shows, she should be mentioned.

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    Odd season premiere. I was hoping for especially high stakes raised after Robert called the cops on Frances for taking the kids away in the season finale. They dispatched with that really quickly with the divorce signings, and that was that. Sarah Jessica Parker anchors this beautifully as the only character whose plight I’m genuinely interested in exploring. Thomas Haden Church acts like he’s on an entirely different and totally inferior series. It’s baffling really with some of his acting choices. Not nearly enough of the supporting cast, especially Tracy Letts and Molly Shannon (two standout television performances within days of each other). Talia Balsam, Dean Winters, and J-Smith Cameron were all wasted. Not sure where this season is going thematically or how much I’ll watch of it.

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    I found the season premiere slight, but nonetheless enjoyable. The show certainly doesn’t live up to its potential, but I’ll keep watching for some of the performers.

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    Episode Title: “Happy Now?”

    Synopsis: Frances is forced to deal with Lila’s growing resentment toward her; after his coworkers encourage him to get back in the game, Robert reconnects with Janice, who tries to help him live out a fantasy; Diane blindsides Frances with a setup; Dallas attempts to call things off with Tony Silvercreek.

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    More interesting than the season premiere, but the content is in such a dour place thematically that it’s hard to see any lightness in it. It’s like only Molly Shannon got the note that says, “We’re in a comedy, guys!” Oh well. Dean Winters was particularly game tonight. He should have been cast in Thomas Haden Church’s role, for starters. He’s four years younger too, and only a year apart from Sarah Jessica Parker. Alas …

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    Episode Title: “Worth It”

    Synopsis: After helping her new friend, Andrew, an inspired Frances tries to track down an unknown painter; Diane attempts to ignore her issues with Nick by throwing herself into the gallery; Sparks fly when Robert shows his house to a realtor.

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    All caught up now. It looks like they’ve retooled things somewhat to make the show more ensemble-driven and funnier. More screentime for Molly Shannon (funniest and clear MVP), Talia Belsam, Tracy Letts, and Dean Winters. Needed guest-stars and love interests for Robert and Frances. Becki Newton is sensational, and Steven Pasquale at least serves as a viable distraction. No more Jemaine Clement (never believed that this would be the guy that Frances would blow up her entire marriage for). The kids, ugh. I get why they have to be around, but they’re routinely the weakest links here). Thomas Haden Church is playing Robert like an actual human being now. Sarah Jessica Parker is still luminous and carries the series beautifully. Long story short, this is the time to return to “Divorce” and see what you’ve been missing. It’s no “War of the Roses,” sadly, but still a fine comedy series with its own unique charms.

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    So good! Really glad the show has finally found its voice, made the characters more likeable/relatable, and given the supporting ensemble ample material to work with beyond the two leads. Looks like this season will only be eight episodes, which is sad, but whatever. Hoping for the best regardless.

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