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'Men of a Certain Age' returns tonight - Be there!

I have been singing the praises of this fine series since its debut, and after seeing the first two episodes of this summer season, I am here to tell you it is still getting better and better.

Because of "Homicide: Life on the Street," I came to "Men of a Certain Age" as a hardcore Andre Braugher believer and fan. I am happy to say after all these years, he is still surprising me with his performance. As great as he is, he has not stopped growing as an actor, as you will see if you tune into TNT tonight.

And Ray Romano, series co-creator with Mike Royce, what a superb dramatic actor he has become. He can move from comic-guy-talk about the comparable size of middleaged men's butts to silent compassion for an acquaintance starting chemotherapy in a heartbeat -- and make you believe in both moments.

There are some major relationship changes in the two hours I saw, but you'll find no spoilers in this post. Stop back tonight after the hour airs, and let's talk about what we all saw.

And don't worry about the gap between the first batch of episodes this year and the gang of six more that starts tonight.

Another measure of the excellence of this series: Within minutes of the opening theme, you will be happily engrossed back in the lives of these three friends pushing 50.

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