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Gronk teases ‘Shark Week’ appearance, does a mean underwater Darth Vader impression

Some fish are friends, not food, for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Helen Mirren takes reign again in HBO miniseries

The limited series will follow Russian empress Catherine the Great in the later part of her long reign.

‘Nanette,’ Sacha Baron Cohen, and the limits of laughter

Coming to comedy in unfunny times.

Comcast drops Fox bid, paving way for sale to Disney

Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox’s entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind “The Simpsons” and X-Men.

Amber Tamblyn is an eclectic reader who views throwing away books as a sin

The actress and poet recently published her first novel, “Any Man.”

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// A new ‘Star Wars,’ plus a bevy of real-life heroes on screen

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Andre Holland in a scene from “Castle Rock.”

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In the heart of Stephen King country, a creepy trip to ‘Castle Rock’

Even viewers who aren’t students of the Stephen King multiverse will find the Hulu drama worth watching.

Janelle Monáe (pictured July 18 in New York) plays Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Saturday.

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The Weekender: Soul superstars, Shakespeare on the Common, and ‘Eighth Grade’

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Comcast drops out of Twenty-First Century Fox bidding war

The announcement leaves the path open for Disney to buy the Twenty-First Century Fox assets with its $71 billion offer.

Alice Wetterlund at the Los Angeles premiere of season 2 of “Silicon Valley” in 2015.

TV Critic’s Corner

Former cast member describes a toxic ‘Silicon Valley’

Alice Wetterlund called out actor T.J. Miller in particular, but she said in a series of tweets that his bullying was enabled by other men involved with the show.

Bruce Springsteen won a Special Tony Award this year for his run of solo performances.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Springsteen on Broadway’ coming to Netflix

A filmed version of the Boss’s show will stream on Dec. 15, the date of his final Broadway performance.

Maura Tierney as Helen in “The Affair.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Rekindling a relationship with ‘The Affair’

This season, the Showtime drama appears to be back on track after losing its way last year.

New ‘Rugrats’ TV episodes, movie are on the way

Tommy, Chuckie and the gang from Nickelodeon’s ‘Rugrats’ have a new TV and movie deal.

Sacha Baron Cohen.

Sacha Baron Cohen snares Bernie Sanders, Trent Lott in ‘Who Is America?’ premiere

The first episode of Showtime’s ‘‘Who Is America?’’ somehow snared former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and former Republican senator Trent Lott.

Tab Hunter at a Los Angeles dinner reception with actress Tuesday Weld in 1959.

TV Critic’s Corner

TCM to honor Tab Hunter with a movie marathon

The actor, who died on July 8 at 86, had appeared in more than 40 movies.

Michelle Dockery (left) as Mary and Laura Carmichael as Edith in “Downton Abbey.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Downton Abbey’ movie is a go, with original cast

Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, and Hugh Bonneville are all set to reprise their roles in the film that will begin shooting later this summer.

Ann Dowd in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

There’s Emmy drama in the face-off between two of this year’s very best

One is the better show, the other showcases the best acting.

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Thiings to Do

The Weekender: Casanova, Beck, Dwayne, and Jason

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

This image released by HBO shows Lena Headey in a scene from

Partial list of nominees for annual Emmy Awards

The following is a partial list of nominees for the annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which was announced Thursday.

From lef: Ryan Eggold, Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington, and Samira Wiley speak onstage during the 70th Emmy Awards Nominations Announcement.

‘Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 22 Emmy Award nominations

Streaming service Netflix captured the most nominations overall, 112, taking away a title that HBO held since 2001.

Hugh Grant stars in “A Very English Scandal.”


Hugh Grant does justice to ‘A Very English Scandal’

The fact-based three-part miniseries that premiered on Amazon a few weeks ago is worth checking out.

An engraved portrait of Jane Austen.

TV Critic’s Corner

Austen’s ‘Sanditon’ is coming to PBS

Andrew Davies, TV’s master adapter of literary classics, is writing a script based on the book for a planned eight-hour miniseries.

Frankie Shaw as Bridgette and Alexandra/Anna Reimer as Larry in

Get ready to see more from ‘SMILF’ star Frankie Shaw

The Boston native signed an overall deal with ABC Signature Studios to produce more projects.

Whitney Houston’s mom expresses ‘shock’ over abuse claims

Whitney Houston’s mother says allegations that her superstar daughter and her son were molested by her niece are “unfathomable.”

Henry Winkler in “Barry”

TV Critic’s Corner

One last chance for Emmy voters to get it right

When the nominees are announced Thursday morning, here are some of the names I want to see.

Ben Affleck, a cast member in


Ben Affleck joins Anne Hathaway and Willem Dafoe in Netflix political thriller

The Cambridge native joins the cast of “The Last Thing He Wanted,” a political thriller from “Mudbound” director Dee Rees.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski catches the ball during an NFL football minicamp practice, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Is that a shark in the water? Yes, and also Rob Gronkowski

The Patriots tight end will appear on Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.”

Elisabeth Moss in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A well-timed ‘Handmaid’s’ hiatus

I’m definitely not saying I want the show to go away for good, but a respite will certainly be welcome.

Paris Hilton will introduce the tales on Viceland’s “Hollywood Love Story.”

TV Critic’s Corner

This week: Paris Hilton, a psychic, and sweet treats

Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on in the week ahead.

Judd Apatow says with Netflix and HBO, “You’re getting to finish [the season] at least.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Judd Apatow has no appetite for network TV

The cancellation of “Freaks and Geeks” after one season seems to have left some scars.

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister on “Game of Thrones.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

The best villains on TV

The worst people in TV’s post-millennial era are also the most complicated. Think Livia Soprano or Cersei Lannister.

Kevin Costner in “Yellowstone.”

How TV has brought the western into the 21st century

Neo-westerns such as “Yellowstone,’’ “Godless,” and “Westworld” are finding a home on television, which can better accommodate a niche genre than risk-averse blockbusters.

Amy Adams in HBO’s “Sharp Objects.”

Television Review

The mysteries of HBO’s addictive ‘Sharp Objects’ cut deep

Yes, it is as good as HBO’s other female-driven murder mystery, “Big Little Lies.”

When asked if Kathy Griffin will star in the new show, a Showtime rep said “no comment.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Showtime hypes ‘the most dangerous show in the history’ of TV

The cable channel is revealing no details about its new comedy — not its name, not its stars, not its premise.

David Chase (above) is co-writer of “The Many Saints of Newark.” Alan Taylor is director.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘The Sopranos’ movie gets its director

Alan Taylor, who directed nine episodes of the series, will helm the film, a prequel called “The Many Saints of Newark.”

John Malkovich has gone from “Billions” to “The ABC Murders” to “The New Pope.”

TV Critic’s Corner

John Malkovich joins Jude Law in HBO’s ‘New Pope’

No story line has been disclosed. I think, though, we can assume Malkovich will be the titular figure.

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan in the Amazon series “Catastrophe.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Catastrophe’ brings Chris Noth, Michaela Watkins aboard

Also added to the cast for season four: David Alan Grier and Nat Faxon.

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Five months after young son’s death, Marblehead native Rob Delaney reveals his wife is pregnant

Delaney, who now lives in London, stars in and co-writes the Amazon comedy “Catastrophe.”

ABC News said it secured an interview over the weekend with Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime lawyer. Cohen said the inteview was off-camera.

ABC secures interview with Trump fixer Michael Cohen

President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer sat down — off-camera — with George Stephanopoulos of “Good Morning America.”

“Halo” will focus on a future conflict between humanity and an alien threat.

TV Critic’s Corner

Showtime plans series based on ‘Halo’ video game

The network has picked up 10 episodes of the live-action show.

Tom Brittney will play the Reverend Will Davenport, a crime solver and the new resident vicar of the village.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Grantchester’ will go on without James Norton

The “Masterpiece” series will have a new crime-solving vicar arriving in town after next season.

Damian Lewis starred as Soames Forsyte (Gina McKee played his wife) in the 2002 miniseries “The Forsyte Saga.”


Ten actors who shone even before they were stars

Damien Lewis, Aidan Gillen, Jane Lynch are among these actors who made big impressions early in their television careers.

Comedian Michael Che performs at the Wilbur Theater in Boston in 2017.

The Weekender: Michael Che, Kyrie Irving, and kittens

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Hugh Grant plays British MP Jeremy Thorpe, arrested on charges of conspiring to murder a male ex-lover.

Television review

‘A Very English Scandal’ rips open a farce, and no one is spared

Hugh Grant, playing very effectively against type, stars as a closeted politician accused of conspiring to murder his ex-lover in this superb Amazon miniseries based on a true story.

Billy Porter in “Pose.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Billy Porter is the vibrant heart and dazzling soul of ‘Pose’

I’m sad that the FX drama is not taking off in the ratings and that so many viewers are missing his amazing performance.

From left, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien. The three late-night TV hosts teamed up for a taped segment  Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in which they video chatted about comments Trump made about them at Monday’s South Carolina rally.


Late-night TV hosts team up for comic response to Trump comments

Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien taped a rare, joint opening to respond to President Donald Trump.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Mark Wahlberg speaks onstage during the 2018 JBL Three-Point Contest at Staples Center on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


Mark Wahlberg and Netflix to adapt a classic Boston detective franchise

Wahlberg and frequent collaborator Peter Berg will bring “Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland” to the streaming giant.