Television review

‘Nightingale’: A soldier’s torment only glimpsed

David Oyelowo plays a delusional veteran in HBO’s single-character movie “Nightingale.”

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HBO’s “Nightingale,” a one-character movie starring David Oyelowo, is about a war veteran falling apart.

Andris Nelsons making his debut conducting the BSO.

Television Review

Opening night for Nelsons and BSO to air on PBS

Andris Nelsons’s first performance as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be broadcast on Friday as part of PBS’s “Great Performances” series.

Robert Pinsky.

TV Confessions: Robert Pinsky

Former United States poet laureate Robert Pinksy talks Sid Caesar, Jon Stewart, and the Eck.

Bill Paxton as General Sam Houston in History’s “Texas Rising.”

TV Review

In History miniseries, ‘Texas Rising’ falls to stereotype

The overall plotting of the show, which is set in the 1830s, is as disjointed as it is clichéd.

// Actors bonded in Durango desert in ‘Texas Rising’

A star-studded cast of actors play famous historical figures in the 10-hour miniseries about the Alamo and its aftermath.

The ticket: TV

A day-by-day glimpse of this week’s TV highlights.

Game On

Attention-getting exit puts gamer in a league of his own

Professional gamer Austin “Link” Shin quit his team, issuing an 18-page manifesto on his way out the door.

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Saying goodbye: ‘Mad Men,’ Letterman, B.B. King

Farewells are hard in a culture that’s all about hello.


// What makes shows like ‘Mad Men’ so great?

What is the tie that binds “Mad Men,” “The Wire,” and others that puts them in a more rarefied group?

Television Review

// An inspired ending for Don Draper — and for ‘Mad Men’

The AMC show went out on top, and with a big exclamation point at the very end.

// Jon Hamm speaks about ‘Mad Men’ finale

Hamm talked about his interpretation of the series finale, and how hard it was to film some of those last scenes as Don Draper.

// A modest goodbye from David Letterman

The real finale, it turns out, was the final month of the show. During those moments, we got to watch the king of irony.

David Letterman talks to the audience during the opening of the “Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday September 17, 2001.

Top 10 of what Letterman did best

There are about a hundred classic David Letterman bits. Here, for your enjoyment, are 10 of them.

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Critics suggest where you should go, what you should see, who you should hear, and what you should be reading this summer.

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// TV Critic’s Corner for Friday, May 29

There are a few interesting characters on “Silicon Valley,” but I’ve grown particularly attached to Zach Woods.