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The ''Molly Dodd'' series finale

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Although regularly coy and cutesy, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (Lifetime, 10:30-11 p.m.) has always been gratifyingly loose and loopy, much more amiable and discursive than most sitcoms. Now the show’s creator, Jay Tarses, has announced that this season — its third on Lifetime — will be Molly‘s last, and so, with nothing to lose, things promise to get even looser — maybe even loopier. Last month it was revealed that the father of single-mom Molly’s baby is — just as we all had hoped — that nice detective Nathaniel Hawthorne (Richard Lawson). Future episodes promise a baby shower, the blessed event itself, postpartum depression of the surreal sort, Molly’s 40th birthday, and what a Lifetime press release calls ”an unexpected tragedy.” (Uh-oh: Watch out, Nate!)

Even when her ditziness verges on the annoying — even when she’s spouting gaga lines like, ”What I was feeling was too big for my apartment” — Blair Brown’s Molly remains luminously intelligent and impeccably sexy. Often mannered and frequently self-indulgent, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd is also irresistible.

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