‘SNL’ photographer gives the most to each host every week

Mary Ellen Matthews prepares to photograph Blake Shelton last week prior to his turn as host and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live.”

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Mary Ellen Matthews’s host portraits exhibit a consistent track record of cool artistry.

Keri Russell and  Matthew Rhys play Russian undercover spies in “The Americans.”

Television REview

‘The Americans’: The war at home

“The Americans” refracts light onto our present-tense situations with Russia and Afghanistan, but it also remains a sharp, emotionally rich portrait of the politics of family life.

Maura Johnston

ABC picks up Boston cop show ‘Broad Squad’

The network announced that it will air a pilot of “The Broad Squad,” a throwback show chronicling the lives of Boston’s first graduating class of female patrol officers.

“Night Will Fall” is the story of Sidney Bernstein’s efforts to film the atrocities during World War II.

Television REview

In ‘Night Will Fall,’ haunting Holocaust footage

“Night Will Fall,” describes how British, US, and Soviet troops moved through Germany in the spring of 1945.

Maura Johnston

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/04/04/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/MABOD%20GLOBE-135484.jpg What to binge-watch during the blizzard

Get ready to be trapped indoors with full seasons of TV shows.

Samira Wiley (left) in “Orange Is the New Black.”


On TV, dramatic acting is flourishing

For decades, TV acting was considered the garish cousin to film and theater acting. There was little of the development that is now a highlight of great TV dramas.

The ticket: television

Critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on TV this week.

Television REview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/14/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/Backstrom-ep101_sc7_002_hires2.jpg All bark, no bite on ‘Backstrom’

Fox’s “Backstrom” is a tired story and poorly told.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/SCI_FAMILY_QUOTES_7.jpg TV Confessions: Junot Díaz

The author talks about his TV likes and loves.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/20/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/wilmore150-3633.jpg The promise of ‘The Nightly Show’

A half-hour of humor, opinion, issues, and conversation, “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” has the potential to resonate as it evolves.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/matthewgilbert-3016-3734.jpg Woody as TV auteur? It makes perfect sense

Amazon Prime’s deal with Woody Allen to write and direct a half-hour series is a no-brainer for the content provider and an easy fit for Allen.

In ‘Empire,’ Daniels aims to expose homophobia

In Fox’s prime-time soap, the show’s lead character has a hostile relationship with his gay son.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/14/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/looking15_09.jpg Why can’t TV get gay right?

As cable and the networks still struggle, streaming TV digs into the queer experience.

The Year in Arts

special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/AP478206506783-3700--90x90.jpg 2014: The Year in Arts

2014 was all about the music sneak attack, twentysomethings energizing stages, fresh late-night personalities, and more.

What's on TV

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/28/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Key_Peele_Superbowl.jpg Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV this weekend

A look at what’s on TV, including “Key & Peele Super Bowl Special.”