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The week’s best TV: ‘American Horror Story’ returns, ‘Boss’ wraps it up

Updated: November 16, 2012 6:04AM



“Community” was supposed to be back in session Friday, but NBC decided to keep the Greendale Community College crew in detention a little longer. In the meantime, here are the four premieres — and one finale — I’m most looking forward to checking out this week:

TUESDAY

“Emily Owens, M.D.”: 8 p.m. on WGN-Channel 9

This rom-dram procedural set at a Denver medical center isn’t revolutionary, but Meryl Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer brings an endearing vulnerability to the titular character who discovers that hospitals are a lot like high schools.

WEDNESDAY

“American Horror Story: Asylum”: 9 p.m. on FX

What scares me most is that this second season won’t be anywhere near as good as the first, but I’ll give it a stab. A few familiar faces are back — Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto — in a much different setting: a church-run haven for the criminally insane, circa 1964.

THURSDAY

“Ethel”: 8 p.m. on HBO

An intimate look at this Chicago-born, enigmatic Kennedy matriarch, as told by filmmaker Rory Kennedy, the youngest of her 11 children.

FRIDAY

“Boss”: 8 p.m. on Starz

After 10 smart, intense episodes, Chicago Mayor Tom Kane’s second season is up. Let’s hope Starz elects to have a third. (Prepare for the finale with a “Boss” marathon on Tuesday, which not coincidentally is National Bosses Day.)

“Hunted”: 9 p.m. on Cinemax

Melissa George stars as a justifiably untrusting operative for an elite private intelligence firm in this eight-episode thriller from “X-Files” writer and producer Frank Spotnitz.



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