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TV Trailer Review: The return of 'Girls'

HBO

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

Hannah is back in the Midwest at the prestigious Iowa City Writer’s Workshop, and struggling to maintain any fictive distance.

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Binge-worthy 'Law & Order: SVU' still important to watch

BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN

As long as “SVU” can serve as a facilitator of discussions about important topics, while still being one of the most well-written and addicting shows on TV, I will continue to watch it religiously; if you aren’t already, I highly suggest you do too.

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'Mindy,' you better shape up

FOX

BY KAREN HUA

“Mindy” is incredibly cathartic after bad date nights, and she helps me feel more self-confident as a young woman. In many ways, she has become a sort of on-screen best friend. That being said, I feel entitled to do what good friends should do — point out her flaws.

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The importance of Emily and Zooey Deschanel

FOX

BY HAILEY MIDDLEBROOK

Whether they’re alien or Californian, two things are certain: the Deschanel sisters are true to themselves and their TV characters. And they just happen to live in side-by-side set trailers on FOX, plotting their takeover.

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'MasterChef Junior' is reality TV's best

FOX

BY ALEX INTNER

What really separates “MasterChef Junior” from the other shows in the Ramsay network is that it’s built from a genuinely sweet place. There’s none of the vindictiveness and backstabbing that make competitions like “Hell’s Kitchen” difficult to watch.

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'Olive Kitteridge' thrives on character development

HBO

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

Indeed, even as a proclaimed feminist, it’s challenging to tease out the exact reasons Olive Kitteridge simultaneously jars and interests me. And this is exactly why the complex, knotty “Olive Kitteridge” is such a welcome presence on TV.

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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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