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Episode Review: Showtime sets up steamy 'Affair'

Showtime

BY ALEC STERN

Even in its trailer, “The Affair” sets up what could be one of the most atmospheric series on television.

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Elevated 'Transparent' a study in identity and discovery

Amazon

BY CATHERINE SULPIZO

At its center is Mort/Maura, a retired professor who reveals her identity as a trans woman in the stages of single, senior life. The first episodes of “Transparent” are tasked with Maura’s attempts to breach the gap between her identity and the world.

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Alec Stern: From 'Scandal' to 'New Girl,' the highs and lows of network premiere week

BY ALEC STERN

Since May, the networks have touted their newest series ad nauseum — at the Upfront presentations, on social media, in magazines and on billboards. Now, they are all finally here.

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Lone WOLV: The comeback of Michigan's first and only TV network

Courtesy of WOLV-TV

BY CHLOE GILKE

The move to North Quad also brings with it a bigger partnership between WOLV and the two academic departments housed at North Quad: Communication Studies and SAC.

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'Masters of Sex' manages to be both analytical and human

Showtime

BY CHLOE GILKE

“Masters” has a powerful thesis here, and the episode closes with the satisfying conclusion that love and sex — intimacy and passion — are inseparable.

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'The Simpsons Guy' is TV history

FOX

BY DREW MARON

So what happened when the two shows met? The most disturbing car-wash in the history of mankind. Well, that and one of the most fascinating episodes of television in some time.

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Season two of 'The Blacklist' keeps up torrid pace

NBC

BY JORDYN KAY

By asking tough questions and going through hellfire to find answers, the season two premiere is no different. The episode is filled with the usual explosions and gunfire and, as always, left viewers wondering what could possibly happen next.

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