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Coupe gives nuanced performance in USA's 'Benched'

USA

BY MATTHEW BARNAUSKAS

A lot of credit for the successes "Benched" goes to Coupe, who brings a necessary intelligence to Nina while granting her the vulnerabilities that come with her uptight attitude.

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Predictable 'McCarthys' falls into gay stereotypes

CBS

BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN

Though the premise is interesting, some of the writing is weak, a compilation of too many gay clichés and punchlines delivered with too much precision, anticipating laughter that’s often weary at best.

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‘Two and a Half Men’ disappoints in final season premiere

CBS

BY KAREN HUA

The title no longer makes sense, as Jake is now not only a legal adult, but he is also absent in the premiere. Even though this will be its final season, “Men” must only come up with a multitude of excuses for the disappearance of characters as the show runs on waning possibilities.

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Kardashian guest spot carries '2 Broke Girls'

CBS

BY HAILEY MIDDLEBROOK

“I know how hard us girls really work to keep our businesses going, so I’ll take a cupcake,” said Kim Kardashian, delivering what was probably the best line of her 60-second appearance in the season four premiere of “2 Broke Girls.”

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Shock Value: Why 'American Horror Story' isn't revolutionary

FX

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

I really enjoy the show. It scares me viscerally. It uses classic techniques to evoke fear. It regurgitates old tropes into self-aware camp. It has slick production and even slicker actors. But for all its reinvention, for all its half-hearted progressive moralizing, it’s an old show.

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Alec Stern: Let's talk about (TV) sex

BY ALEC STERN

The bottom line: network standards are reaching a breaking point. Sex sells, and broadcast television is just trying to get in on the action.

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'Evil Within' a must play for horror fans

Tango Gameworks

BY JACOB RICH

While “Within” is quite clunky and inconsistent in some areas, the sick and twisted creativity permeating every harrowing situation is enough to make those terrible boss fights worth it.

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