FX deserves a promotion

Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell star in the FX spy drama “The Americans.”

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There’s no good reason that FX should not be considered in the same breath as HBO and Showtime.


What kind of online quiz taker are you?

Online quizzes are everywhere — well, at least Facebook’s version of everywhere.

Thing tank

From wubbing to Prince Fielder in the buff

If it’s a trend, a clip, a comment, a moment, a meme, a tag, or a topic, it’s a thing. A review of the week in things.

The ticket: Television

Matthew Gilbert offers a guide to what’s on TV this week, including “Buying Naked” on TLC.

Tatiana Maslany in a scene from BBC’s “Orphan Black.”

Matthew Gilbert

Emmy nominations: snubs and surprises

No snub was more surprising – and absurd and silly and fickle – than the absence of a nomination for Tatiana Maslany, the lead in BBC America’s “Orphan Black.”

// Television Critics Association press tour begins

The biannual gathering of TV reporters, critics, and bloggers has once again convened in Beverly Hills.

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‘Valiant Hearts’ brings a comic-book sensibility to the trenches

“Valiant Hearts: The Great War” is a new sidescrolling game described by its publisher as an “animated comic book adventure.”

Television Review

// FX’s ‘The Strain’ raises the ick factor

The horror-disaster-supernatural mashup thriller is captivating, though most assuredly not for the squeamish.

// Rosie O’Donnell back on ‘The View’

The comedian is back on the daytime chatfest for a most unexpected second act after a recent shakeup.

television review

NBC works the angles of comedy

NBC is premiering two new sitcoms, and one of them – “Welcome to Sweden” – is actually pretty charming.

Television Review

Alien baby on board in Halle Berry drama ‘Extant’

The new sci-fi series, starring the Oscar-winner, covers well-worn ground well enough to warrant a second look.

Television Review

// ‘The Bridge’ takes you there

There are many pluses to the FX show returning for a second season, including lead actor Demian Bichir.

What's on TV tonight

// Critic’s corner: What’s on TV this weekend

Matthew Gilbert’s TV guide, including “Ray Donovan” on Showtime.

Summer Arts Preview

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// The sizzling summer of arts

Transforming the Clark Art Institute, a new day at Newport Jazz Festival, plus 90 critics’ picks.