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Last season just slayed us, so we're amped for our favorite do-gooder sociopath's return. This year, Dexter will have to grapple with his guilt over Rita's death, and a new bond he forms with a mysterious woman played by Julia Stiles. (Showtime, Sundays, 9 p.m.)
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''CHECK IT OUT,'' Nicki Minaj and will.i.am
The Black Eyed Peas frontman and hip-hop's reigning femme fatale make ingenious use of those famous coos from the 1979 Buggles hit ''Video Killed the Radio Star'' to create an irresistible party-starter.
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Is the reboot of the vintage cop drama even better than the original? See for yourself as a detective dream team of Moonlight's Alex O'Loughlin, Ocean's Eleven's Scott Caan, Lost's Daniel Dae Kim, and Battlestar Galactica's Grace Park bid aloha to the bad guys. (CBS, Mondays, 10 p.m.)
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THE GOOD WIFE
After its stellar first season and tease of a cliff-hanger, the legal drama drops right back in on Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and her in-limbo love life — will it be husband Peter or boss Will? (CBS, Tuesdays, 10 p.m.)
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EASTBOUND & DOWN
The comedy about a washed-up ballplayer continues its crude, hilariously unsentimental ways in season 2, which finds Kenny (Danny McBride) hiding out in Mexico after his return to baseball went bust. (HBO, Sundays, 10:30 p.m.)
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NASHVILLE CHROME, by Rick Bass
In the late 1950s, the real-life Brown siblings were a smash success on the country scene, but enduring fame eluded them. Bass' twangy, heartfelt novel gives a fictionalized account of how they fell through the cracks.
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''RUNAWAY,'' Kanye West
He topped off his Taylor Swift apology tour with a sweeping cut that eviscerates (and celebrates?) douchebaggery everywhere. If this is Kanye contrite, then we think he should be sorry more often.
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KING KONG on Blu-ray
Back in 1933, the whole nation screamed along with Fay Wray when King Kong scaled the Empire State Building. The then-revolutionary special effects are still impressive all these years later, as is a 2005 commentary from F/X god Ray Harryhausen (Mighty Joe Young). This upgraded edition is worth going ape over.