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TV Tonight: Men in Trees

Remember when ABC had a show called Men in Trees? You can be forgiven if you don't recall. The show has been shuffled around and treated more strangely than most, moving from Fridays to Thursdays and back again, being pulled before the end of its first season, and then finally resurfacing in October — only to leave again in December, despite having plenty of episodes to get through the writers' strike.

The show finally returns tonight at 10 p.m., and ABC has promised it 11 episodes back-to-back in the same slot. That's par for the course for any other show, but for Men in Trees, it's extraordinary. The show's audience is small (about comparable to Friday Night Lights), but they're devoted: They've organized a campaign to buy trees for developing countries in honor of the show, with hopes that the efforts will be recognized by ABC and help get the show a third season.

If you're not a regular viewer — or if you are but this latest break has taken you out of the rhythm of the show — here's a great guide to where all of the Elmo couples stand right now. Meanwhile, to check out a preview for tonight's episode, just


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