Not so luckily for Adam, who's still recovering from being hit by a truck. He's not over Hannah, try though he may. Marnie can't quite get rid of Charlie, either, and she's finally about to take on some bold sexual proposals, even if her relationship with her mother (played by Rita Wilson) has undermined her confidence. "Our relationship is slightly antagonistic," Wilson said. "Loving, but a little conflicted." Jessa finds that being a newlywed with Chris O'Dowd isn't all it's cracked up to be, while Shoshanna struggles with combining love and sex. "It's all the things that you do when you're young and trying to get someone to sleep with you," said co-executive producer Judd Apatow. "It's usually weird, and you're happy to have someone, but you still regret it underneath the exchange. And then you're happy to have a good story."
"1600 Penn," Thursday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 p.m., NBC
"The Book of Mormon" star Josh Gad is the co-creator of "1600 Penn," the comedy about the first family in which he also stars as Skip, the madcap man-boy son of President Dale Gilchrist (Bill Pullman) and stepson of first lady Emily Gilchrist (Jenna Elfman). Critics have been slow to warm up to the show, because the pilot isn't as funny as it should be, but by the second or third episode they've been won over by the dysfunctional family's antics, which benefit from Gad's sense of musical and physical comedy.
Pullman -- whose brood also includes three other kids, one of whom is a pregnant teen first daughter -- is someone who's used to playing the commander in chief from his "Independence Day" days. "We wanted someone who you could see not only as your president, but as your dad," Gad said. "When we re-watched 'Independence Day,' we said, 'Let's re-elect that guy.'"
"Smash," Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 9 p.m., NBC
With a two-hour season premiere, "Smash" is back with a bang: there's the new showrunner fresh off "Gossip Girl," Josh Safran; new guest stars (Jennifer Hudson, Sean Hayes, Jeremy Jordan and Liza Minnelli as herself); and new shows-within-the-show: "Beautiful," for Hudson's character, "Liaisons" (based on "Les Liaisons Dangereuses") for Hayes, and "Hit List" for Jordan. "My character is a musician, a composer and he works as a bartender," Jordan said. "And he's self-destructive," which will help him fit in with many of the pre-existing characters. Some of the drama this season is due to mixed reviews of the Marilyn Monroe musical "Bombshell," ethical questions about how its director treats his leading ladies and inquiries about how the producers got their financing.
"The great thing about doing a series about the Broadway community is that the possibilities are endless," said Megan Hilty, who plays "Bombshell" contender Ivy Lynn, still waiting in the wings after last season's breakdown. "There's awards season, rival musicals, all kinds of things we can get into." Hilty's hoping her character can get some love as well: "I want her to have a good boyfriend (this season). Tell everybody I'm holding auditions!"
"Shameless," Jan. 13 at 9 p.m., Showtime
Since we last crashed at the Gallaghers, Fiona got her GED, Steve/Jimmy gave his wife Estefania's boyfriend Marco his identity, Karen ditched her newborn and Frank was kicked out.
When we find them again, 137 days later, Frank's missing, Lip's in legal trouble, and Fiona's conflicted about how domestic she wants Jimmy to be. As Veronica points out, "There's nothing sexy about a man with a mop." But before she can really complain that things have gotten boring between them, someone gets kidnapped, a murder gets committed, one of the kids is told he/she has cancer, a body gets dismembered and tossed overboard "Dexter"-style, and someone else gets buried in a front yard grave.
Plus there's all the domestic drama, with wives turning up, dads getting kicked out, new kids being added to various households and sexual predators on the loose. It's not going to be easy for the Gallaghers to get by this season, but when is it ever?