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Eliza Coupe

'Benched' is indefensibly cynical and not real funny

Though a little worn around the edges, there's nothing wrong with the snobby-big-fish-finds-happiness-in-a-scummy-small-pond premise of USA's new comedy "Benched." Created by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones, "Benched" chronicles the travails of Nina (Eliza Coupe), a corporate lawyer who, upon being denied an anticipated promotion, throws such a huge hissy fit she becomes unemployable except at the lowest level, i.e. the public defender's office, where she must cope with her own elitism while learning a few Life Lessons. There's certainly nothing wrong with the cast — Coupe, a member of the recently disbanded "Happy Endings" ensemble,...

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