Wednesday night television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Wednesday night

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The Americans 10 p.m., FX

The first season, which ends on Wednesday night, has had many strong moments, even if there were plot repetitions in between. Ten episodes, instead of 13, might have better suited the story line. But Keri Russell was endlessly watchable and surprising as she circled between ice cold, kick-ass, and emotionally fearful. She also established herself near the top of the elite class of TV wig-wearers, alongside Jennifer Garner in “Alias.” And Matthew Rhys showed that he can be an exciting and faceted leading man, as well as one of those Brits with a perfect American accent. I’m looking forward to season 2, which has already been ordered by FX.


Dukes of Melrose 10 p.m., Bravo

Phyllis Diller, who died last August, made her final TV appearance in this reality series. The episode, which airs Wednesday night, has stylist and boutique owner Cameron Silver visiting the somewhat frail Diller at her home and sharing a journey through her closet, which is more like a small ballroom. While going through her things, the two drink martinis. “A life well-lived and — shopped,” is his quip.

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I Was Murdered 10 p.m., ID

But they forgot to kill my voice.

My Crazy Obsession 10 p.m., TLC


He likes to eat in Ant-lantic City. OK. Sorry. Dude likes bugs.

Nashville 10 p.m., Channel 5

Surprise twist: new episode.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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