News Nuggets: With many secrets exposed, was this the best season of ‘The Americans’ yet?

Brian Lowry proclaims this season of “The Americans” its best yet following Wednesday’s third season finale. SPOILERS AHEAD. He says the FX drama derived “considerable strength” from the main storyline involving characters played by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as they finally told their teen daughter they are really Russian spies. In the final episode, mother and daughter covertly visited Russia, a murder took place in Washington, and FBI agent Beeman (Noah Emmerich) almost lost his job. The season ends with daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) on the phone with her pastor giving up her family secrets. Lowry also praises the “enormous touch of class” brought by guest star Frank Langella as their Russian handler in America. Variety

Ray Romano will host a special devoted to the 33-year late night run of David Letterman. The 90-minute CBS program airs May 4 and will include clips highlighting his best interviews, top 10 lists, stupid pet tricks, stupid human tricks, and more. Between his NBC and CBS shows, he will have hosted 6,028 episodes by his last one on May 20. Those shows have won 16 Emmy Awards during his career. The Wrap

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Newly announced Peabody Award winners are documentaries “Cosmos,” “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,” and “Virunga” plus animated series “Adventure Time” and “Doc McStuffins.” They join other winners announced recently: “The Americans,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Jane the Virgin,” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” The ceremony will be hosted by Fred Armisen in New York on May 31. Deadline

David Rooney reviews Tony Awards contender “Something Rotten” as a “big, brash meta-musical studiously fashioned” in the mold of “Spamalot,” “The Producers,” and “The Book of Mormon.” He says that the Shakespearean references “come thick and fast” for the new musical starring Brian d’Arcy James and Christian Borle. The show just premiered on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Hollywood Reporter

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A campaign for James Corden offers 10 reasons why he should be the 2015 Tony Awards host. He already works for CBS as the host of “Late Late Show,” so it could be great promotion for his own show on the ceremony’s network. He is a past Tony winner for “One Man, Two Guvnors” and has shown that he can really connect with a live audience. Playbill

Lady Gaga will receive the first ever Contemporary Icon Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The New York ceremony will be held on June 19. Previously announced honorees include Bobby Braddock, Willie Dixon, Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia, Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry, Van Morrison, and Nate Ruess. Associated Press

Showtime and IFC Films announce an exclusive distribution partnership extending into 2021. Showtime subscribers will be able to watch IFC Films titles on that premium platform first. Oscar Best Picture nominee “Boyhood” will make its debut this Saturday, April 25. The deal also includes several Sundance Film Festival titles such as “D Train” and “Sleeping With Other People.” TV by the Numbers

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