Television Review

‘Houdini’ shackled to a leaden script

Adrien Brody stars in the two-part miniseries “Houdini” as the famous magician.

Colin Hutton

“Houdini,” a new two-part miniseries on History, is not exceptional. It’s a boilerplate biopic that fails to deliver any sense of intimacy with Harry Houdini.

Emmy Awards

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/454169354-4317.jpg ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ win big

Every single one of the major winners in the series categories was a former winner.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/454157678.jpg Emmy fashion: Hits and misses

Given the abundance of scarlet gowns at this year’s Emmy Awards, one wonders if Hollywood stylists made a fashion pact to dress clients in the same shade.

The final scene of “The Sopranos” (starring, from left, James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, and Robert Iler) is still a topic of debate years after it aired in 2007.

Buzzsaw

Tony’s fate will always be elusive, as it should. The end.

This week, another online debate erupted among TV lovers about “The Sopranos” mysterious finale.

game on

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/ss_522906b3ebe372bf76fcae5ef6e05e0cfd32115f.1920x1080.jpg A ‘Road’ that crosses genres

In “Road Not Taken” you spend a lot of time figuring out how a fun, weird world works.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/9938258333_1ea873f0dc_o.jpg On the Web, there’s so much more to see

The rapidly expanding world of Web series is changing the way TV (or what we’ve known as TV) is created and watched.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/AP417300126160.jpg The Ticket: TV

A look at upcoming TV programming for the week, including the “Stand Up to Cancer” benefit show airing across several networks Friday.

What's on TV tonight

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/28/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/tusbtbs_d10_0337_13.jpg Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Monday night

A look at Monday TV programming, including “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” on Lifetime and “Mistresses” on ABC.

Summer Arts Preview

special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/WEBsummerartsfront-6592--90x90.jpg The sizzling summer of arts

Transforming the Clark Art Institute, Newport Jazz Festival, plus 90 critics’ picks.