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Is Julia Louis-Dreyfus TV’s best-ever comic actress?

Louis-Dreyfus dives into what is funny about embarrassment, and doesn’t resolve into likability — a quality that women, in particular, were often expected to have on TV.

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A genius at making shallowness and awkwardness into comic goldmines, Louis-Dreyfus knows how to transform the trivial into the revelatory.

Critic’s picks: TV

Matthew Gilbert’s choices for what’s on television this week.

Game On

It’s genre-mashing fun with ‘Ironcast’

“Ironcast,” a new video game for PC, Mac, and Linux from the indie game studio Dreadbit, is genre-mashing at its best.

The Merrimack Valley Chorus appearing on WGBH’s new “Sing That Thing!” competition.

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Local choruses compete on WGBH’s ‘Sing That Thing!’

Twenty-four choruses from around New England were chosen to perform on the new television series.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/6c9d488baa9b4624b583710fb41b602f-6c9d488baa9b4624b583710fb41b602f-0[1].jpg TV Confessions: Robert Carlock

A Weston native, the Emmy-winning writer co-created Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” with Tina Fey.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/13/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/thrones150-3665.jpg New journeys begin in ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere

“Game of Thrones” returned with a table-setting first episode, setting the stage for what should be an exciting fifth season.

Clockwise (from left): Keisha Castle-Hughes, Sophie Turner and Aidan Gillen, Conleth Hill (left) and Peter Dinklage.

Review

New season of ‘Thrones’ promises more bold moves

Watching the unfolding game of thrones that is “Game of Thrones,” it’s a little like watching today’s combustible world politics in action. But a lot more fun.

Television Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/10/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/01_04_42MB.jpg New sister series on Logo push past gay stereotypes

Russell T Davies’ new series “Cucumber” and “Banana” follow LGBT people both young and older.

HBO releases ‘True Detective 2’ trailer

Season two features an entirely new cast: Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/06/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/464156513.jpg David Lynch says he won’t direct in ‘Twin Peaks’ revival

The show’s future was thrown into doubt after Lynch announced that he would not direct any episodes after a budget disagreement.

Television Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/06/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/LS5_Pot_Luck_0044_hires2-001.jpg ‘Louie’: Meanings in the mundane

It’s less about making jokes and more about the sad, routine life that leads a passive bear of a man to find a respite in making jokes.

Television review

Sinatra documentary looks deeply into those blue eyes

HBO’s four-hour film, is a dive into the life, loves, and, music of Frank Sinatra, who would have turned 100 this year.

What's on TV

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/AP206114252426.jpg Critic’s Corner: What to watch this weekend

Sarah Rodman’s picks for the weekend, including “The 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards” on Sunday on CBS.