Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Wednesday

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Elizabeth and Philip in “The Americans.”
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Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Elizabeth and Philip in “The Americans.”

The Americans 10 p.m., FX

This and “Shameless” are the shows that are tiding me over until “Game of Thrones” and “Mad Men” return on April 6 and April 13, respectively. It’s a well-acted look at the lives of undercover Russian spies in 1980s America, and the toll that leading secret lives takes on family life. Whoever cast Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Elizabeth and Philip: nicely done. But the character who breaks my heart is Alison Wright as Martha, the FBI secretary being used for intelligence by Philip. Wright is British, by the way.

Love, Marilyn 8 p.m., HBO2


Yeah, we needed another movie about Marilyn Monroe. No, seriously, this one’s good. It’s a documentary that has stars such as Uma Thurman, Jennifer Ehle, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, and Evan Rachel Wood reading from the boxes of Monroe’s writings that were discovered a few years ago. The interpretations are dynamic, and they are interspersed with clips of Monroe. It’s as if the late actress is telling her own story.

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Real World: Ex-plosion 10 p.m., MTV

Concept: E-rosion.

Wahlburgers 10 p.m., A&E

With jerk seasoning.


Psych 9 p.m., USA

The Antepenultimate episode.

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