For female stars, roles need more depth

Almost all of this season’s new female-driven shows utterly fail to make their leads interesting and textured.

Game on

// Gaming’s summer of rage

Those who don’t follow gaming closely missed a big, loud, embarrassing controversy that ate up a big chunk of this summer.


The intersection of Lincoln and McConaughey’s bull

We consumers get to buy in to Matthew McConaughey’s spots for Lincoln’s compact crossover MKC model.

The ticket: Television

Matthew Gilbert’s TV guide for the week.

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// Tea Leoni is a saint in a suit in ‘Madam Secretary’

Tea Leoni’s Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord is unwaveringly likable — and honorable and heroic.

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// ‘Red Band Society’: Too much sentiment could be fatal

This new young-adult Fox series is certainly going to divide audiences.


2014 Fall Television Preview

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// Which new Fall TV shows make the grade?

Fall’s new shows: the good, the bad, and the blah.


// We like to watch: Fall TV dramas

Matthew Gilbert and Sarah Rodman discuss new fall shows, including “Forever” on ABC.

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// Romantic comedies sweeten fall’s TV lineup

The TV romantic comedy is back with us after having given way to the domination of the ensemble sitcom for many years.

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// Returning shows offer some treats

Forget about the new shows for a moment, in order to prepare yourself for returning oldies. Here is a selection of favorites.

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// Four key people to watch this fall

Maybe you can’t place their names right now, but here are four talents whose stars are ascending.

What's on TV tonight

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

A look at Saturday and Sunday TV programming, including “On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z” on HBO.

Fall Arts Preview

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// Fall arts offerings

Play revisits a polarizing New England figure, Cambridge dance centers go for a spin, plus critics’ picks.