My mother looked at me and said, with great solemnity, “Alan, it’s a place where lonely people go.And when they leave, they’re even lonelier than when they went in.” The 42nd Street that inspired that bit of improvised maternal wisdom was the one born in the events depicted in alums like Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Gbenga Akinnagbe, and Method Man — in collaboration with higher-profile actor/producers like James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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In an election-inspired season of new horrors, standbys Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, alongside newcomers Alison Pill and Billy Eichner, tackle the dangers of a hivemind. There are also a lot of clowns.) After beginning its life online, the short-form series starring Alan Tudyk is getting a cable premiere in marathon form.

All 13 episodes, which focus on the life of a former sci-fi star and his ups and downs on the fan convention circuit, will air back-to-back.

Jane Campion’s otherworldly TV series returns for a second installment, this time turning its attention to Robin Griffin’s (Elisabeth Moss) investigation in Sydney.

The first season was unlike any murder mystery TV had seen before, and, if David Ehrlich’s review is any indication, the quality of this newest set of stories picks up right where it left off.

The title is the nickname for 42nd Street, in an era (the story begins in 1971) before pornographic films had gone mainstream, but when cops were on a first-name basis with every hooker and pimp on the block.

(the premiere has been available On Demand for a few weeks, but the series officially debuts Sunday at 9; I’ve seen all eight episodes) recognizes the loneliness my mother tried to warn me about, but takes a more complex view of the business — including the way that some of its sex worker characters consider pornographic movies a big step up in safety and dignity from strolling the Deuce looking for clients.

Below, we take a look at 15 shows that went out with a gay whimper, not a bang.

Adapted from William Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew," 10 Things I Hate About You starts off with Cameron, new student at Padua High, sitting in the office of the quirky guidance counselor Ms. He is then shown around the school by Michael, who will become his best friend.

Summer TV might not be the endless field of tumbleweeds the landscape used to be a few years ago.

But there’s still something about fall approaching that signals a revitalized TV world, filled with plenty of new shows and returning favorites.

We’ll have more soon on the best of what’s to come among the fall’s returning shows, but here’s a helpful overview of the new series that might be worth adding to the queue.