Stephen Colbert’s highly visible transition to ‘The Late Show’

Colbert is morphing from a fire-breathing blowhard into a late-night desk jockey. His new show starts Sept. 8.

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Colbert is morphing from a fire-breathing blowhard into a late-night desk jockey. His new show starts Sept. 8.

The ticket: TV

Matthew Gilbert on what to watch this week.

Donald Trump and the cast of season 14 of “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Matthew Gilbert | Critic’s Notebook

We’ve seen Trump’s theatrics before — on reality TV

Donald Trump is the first candidate to employ the tenets of reality TV and apply its train-wreck philosophy to a presidential campaign.

“Rockey League,” developed by Psyonix.

Game On

How to speed up soccer? Add rocket-powered cars.

Each five-minute match in “Rocket League” is full of frenetic action.

The Ticket: Television

A look at what’s on TV this week, including “Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC and “Public Morals” on TNT.

Stewart is Walter Blunt, a Los Angeles cable TV host by way of England.

Television Review

‘Blunt Talk’ a mixed bag, but Patrick Stewart is aces

As the writing on “Blunt Talk” bounces between inspired insanity and stupidity, Stewart remains enjoyable.

“It’s hard to single out just one series,” Werner says.

TV Confessions: Tom Werner

The chairman of the Boston Red Sox is a longtime TV producer whose series have included “That ’70s Show.”

Television Review

‘SNL’ alums make a mockery of documentaries

Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers team up for a funny new spoof series “Documentary Now!,” premiering Thursday on IFC.

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

‘Wire’ creator scores again with HBO miniseries

“Show Me a Hero” is the latest example of David Simon’s gift for turning unglamorous stories into gripping television drama.

New trailer introduces ‘Daily Show with Trevor Noah’

Noah is set to start as the new “Daily Show” host on Sept. 28.

Yvonne Craig was best known for her role as Batgirl.

Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in the '60s, dies at 78

NEW YORK (AP) — Yvonne Craig, who played the sexy, crime-fighting Batgirl in the 1960s TV hit ‘‘Batman,’’ has died. She was 78.

Game On

Watch out when a political messenger takes the wheel

A simple game called “Error-Prone” hints at debates to come over self-driving cars.

‘Sesame Street’ to air first on HBO for next 5 seasons

The partnership will allow Sesame Workshop to significantly increase its production of “Sesame Street” episodes and other new programming.

Liev Schreiber as the title character in “Ray Donovan.”


Feeling no shame about ‘Ray’

We embrace our favorite shows, even when they’re flawed.

Special section

summer arts preview

// The best of upcoming arts events

Critics suggest where you should go, what you should see, who you should hear, and what you should be reading this summer.

What's on TV

Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Monday

A look at Monday TV programming including “Todrick” on MTV and “Big Blue Live” on WGBH-2.