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'Super Smash Bros.' for Wii U delivers on hype

Nintendo

BY JACOB RICH

Its newest, biggest release, “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U,” is an enormous, painstakingly crafted multiplayer video game, one that deserves a hallowed spot in any collegiate gamer’s library.

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'State of Affairs' filled with recycled tropes

NBC

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

If viewers need an hour of familiar entertainment, “State of Affairs” is equipped to fill the void. But if art is to do anything more than competently splice together a handful of tropes and topical references, “State of Affairs” fails.

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'The Missing' skillfully navigates between past and present

Starz

BY MATTHEW BARNAUSKAS

“The Missing” is a visually and cerebrally engrossing series whose answers may destroy any semblance of safety left for the characters’ past and present.

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'Getting On' nails the dark humor of a hospital

HBO

BY HAILEY MIDDLEBROOK

“Getting On” is the kind of show that makes it both hard to laugh and hard to cry, where doctors aren’t heroic and patients aren’t sympathetic. It’s sickly, darkly and disturbingly funny because it’s real.

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'Doctor Who' concludes with depressingly inconclusive finale

BBC America

BY KAREN HUA

Essentially, it seems like viewers stay tuned not because "Doctor Who" becomes more original or thrilling. Rather, they watch because they are undyingly invested in the characters and relationships the series has spent eight seasons forming.

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'The Newsroom' underwhelms in final season premiere

HBO

BY ALEX INTNER

While the final season premiere contains some more controlled moments from Sorkin, “The Newsroom” still gets lost in the big statements.

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Alec Stern: The return of Katherine Heigl

BY ALEC STERN

I wouldn’t say I’m a Katherine Heigl fan. To be honest, I don’t really care either way about Katherine Heigl. But tonight, the actress is making her return to television, and whether you hate her or love her, it’s a fascinating comeback.

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