What to watch on TV this summer


While your TV favorites are on hiatus, here’s a look at some binge-worthy shows you may have missed.

Vince Vaughn (left) and Colin Farrell in HBO’s “True Detective.”

Buzz Saw | Matthew Gilbert

A profoundly forgettable ‘True Detective’

In its second incarnation, the show drops the pluses but holds onto to all the big negatives, most notably the forced Big Ideas.

Shigeru Miyamoto is the first game designer featured in a new book series.

Game on

The genius behind the curtain at Nintendo

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the creative force behind the Mario and Zelda franchises, is the subject of a new book.

Harper Lee.

The ticket: Television

Critic Matthew Gilbert highlights some of his picks for the best television airing this week.

James Best played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' reruns

The network is confirming that reruns of the 1980s action comedy, with its Confederate flag imagery, have been pulled from the schedule.

Bella Thorne as Nina in MTV’s “Scream” adaptation.

Television Review

MTV’s ‘Scream’ adaptation more soapy than scary

MTV’s new series adaptation of the “Scream” movie franchise, isn’t completely awful. It’s just thoroughly mediocre.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/139874_LBP8956A.jpg ABC confirms two new Boston hospital shows

“Save My Life: Boston Trauma” premieres July 19. “Boston EMS” premieres July 25.

“Larry Kramer in Love & Anger” airs Monday night on HBO.



Even at 80, activist and writer Larry Kramer isn’t about to play nice

The notoriously combative writer and the most prominent AIDS activist of his generation is the subject of an HBO documentary airing Monday.

TV Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/edie-4065.jpg ‘Nurse Jackie’: The last chapter

The theme of the series finale: “Same as it ever was.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

Below the radar but Emmy-worthy

With the glut of eligible nominees, a few of the lesser-known ones really ought to get some public notice.

The synth store.

Television review

AMC’s creepy ‘Humans’ animates an old idea

In the new AMC series, human-like robots may be developing free will.

Clyde Phillips is executive producer of “Nurse Jackie.”


TV Confessions: Clyde Phillips

The executive producer of “Dexter” and “Nurse Jackie,” which finishes its seven-season run on Sunday, is originally from Dorchester.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/JackWilliamsRetirement-1.jpg On-air surprise for retiring Jack Williams

WBZ-TV celebrated the anchor with some special moments — and guests — on Thursday, revisiting his 40 years at the station.

Special section

summer arts preview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Sandcastle%20fin2_150-3748.jpg 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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/22/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/495099d8-6995-468b-d29a-64e76f37f724_Humans_071114_CH-0041.jpg Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV this weekend

“Humans” on AMC could be turning into something interesting and timely.