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Alan Ball goes behind the scenes of ‘True Blood’

Talking at the Vulture festival, the show’s creator said that he considered casting Benedict Cumberbatch as Bill and Jessica Chastain as Sookie — and Jennifer Lawrence once read for a role.

White House again threatens Jim Acosta’s pass

The White House sent the CNN reporter a letter saying they had made the ‘‘preliminary decision’’ to suspend his pass when a judge’s temporary order expires.

What to watch: A comic genius, an intriguing le Carré miniseries, and a great ‘Escape’

Critic Matthew Gilbert guides you through this week in television.

Surprise success of ‘Christmas Prince’ has Netflix planning a royal wedding

The stars of last year’s unlikely holiday hit hope its sequel resonates just as strongly with fans.

We’ll hear from Monica Lewinsky in ‘The Clinton Affair’

She is one of the interview subjects in the A&E series, which begins Sunday at 9 p.m.

Holiday Arts Preview 2018

Holiday arts preview 2018

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From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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Fall Arts Preview 2017

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/06/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/fallmovies_1440x600.jpg A new ‘Star Wars,’ plus a bevy of real-life heroes on screen

Many of the fall’s biggest films have stories based on fact.

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Rob Delaney.

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Rob Delaney honors his late son Henry with a special televised bedtime story

A popular BBC program, where celebrities such as Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom, and Dolly Parton read children’s books, will feature actor-comedian Rob Delaney Friday.

Desiree Akhavan plays a politically committed lesbian who hides her bisexuality in “The Bisexual.”

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In breaking down a stereotype, ‘The Bisexual’ goes where few shows have

Hulu’s British import from American writer, director, and actor Desiree Akhavan is as amiably engaging as it is enlightening.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen will host their own holiday special “A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy.”

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Holiday Arts Preview: TV picks

From a RuPaul “drag race” to Disney, an array of holiday specials for TV watchers.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in “Fleabag.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Fleabag’ returns to the stage, with Waller-Bridge aboard

In 2019, the writer and actress will be appearing off-Broadway in the one-woman play she had adapted for TV.

Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

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The Weekender: Wizards, womanizers, welterweights, and Welles

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

A still image from “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland.”

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Remembering the name and face and fate of Sandra Bland

Its directors discuss a new documentary about Bland, who died mysteriously in a Texas jail.

Benicio Del Toro as Richard Matt and Paul Dano as David Sweat in Escape at Dannemora. -Photo: Wilson Webb /Showtime 23fallTV

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Catch ‘Escape at Dannemora’ if you can

The gripping Showtime miniseries — based on an actual 2015 prison break in New York — is anchored by great performances from Patricia Arquette, Benicio del Toro, and Paul Dano.

Megyn Kelly (pictured in 2017) was taken off the air by NBC last month.

TV Critic’s Corner

Megyn Kelly’s departure a ratings boon for ‘Today’

In viewers between 25 and 54, the all-important ones that advertisers prefer, the numbers have risen about 10 percent.

Elisa Del Genio and Ludovica Nasti portray the lead characters as preteens in the eight-episode HBO series “My Brilliant Friend.”

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In HBO’s ‘My Brilliant Friend,’ the world of Elena Ferrante’s novel is beautifully realized

The series features astonishing turns by the young actresses who portray the two main characters, Elena and Lila.

Peter Dinklage and Sophie Turner in “Game of Thrones,” which returns in April for its final season on HBO.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Game of Thrones’ endgame begins

How many “Game of Thrones” trailers — and even photos — will HBO release one at a time, between now and April, to keep us all stoked?

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President Trump, first lady again opt out of Kennedy Center Honors

For the second year in a row, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not be at the Kennedy Center Honors gala, which will be held Dec. 2.

The new ‘Game of Thrones’ season will premiere in April 2019

Showrunners made the announcement at the end of a new 30-second-long teaser video looking back at pivotal moments in the series.

Oded Fehr played the cell leader in “Sleeper Cell.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Riveting ‘Sleeper Cell’ is worth another look

I think it was a little ahead of its time; a few years later, in 2011, audiences wholeheartedly embraced the somewhat similarly themed Showtime series “Homeland.”

Margherita Mazzucco in the HBO series

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What to watch: Lewinsky speaks, ‘My Brilliant Friend’ speaks Italian, ‘Black-ish’ speaks Prince

TV critic Matthew Gilbert navigates this week in television.

Former Boston Herald photographer Mark Garfinkel will start a new job at NBC10 Boston.

Former Boston Herald photographer lands a new gig

Veteran photographer Mark Garfinkel starts at NBC10 Boston on Monday.

Anna Paquin will join “The Affair” for its final season.

TV Critic’s Corner

A flash-forward for ‘The Affair’

The fifth and final season will include a story line that takes place in the future, as an adult Joanie tries to learn the truth about her mother, Alison.

Aaron Paul (right, with Bryan Cranston) will reportedly star in a “Breaking Bad” film.

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

A ‘Breaking Bad’ movie? No thanks.

A great series already had its perfect ending.

BOSTON, 10/7182018 - Steve Carell arrives at the AMC Boston Common for a screening of his new film Beautiful Boy. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Lifestyle, goldman)

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Steve Carell to host ‘Saturday Night Live’

The actor will return as host on Nov. 17, the official “SNL” Twitter account announced on Wednesday.

Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) in Columbia Pictures' THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB.

Things to Do

The Weekender: A franchise fail, a festival of films, and a fabulous farce

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

“The Plot Against America,” a 2004 book by the late Philip Roth (above), will become an HBO miniseries produced by David Simon, creator of “The Wire.”

TV Critic’s Corner

David Simon to adapt Roth’s ‘Plot Against America’

The story is an alternate history of America, as seen through the lives of a working-class Jewish family in the 1930s and ’40s.

Bob Random and Oja Kodar in “The Other Side of the Wind.”

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Orson Welles’s final film finally arrives

The auteur’s “The Other Side of the Wind” can be seen on Netflix.

Richard Madden plays an unsettled war veteran in “Bodyguard.”

TV Critic’s Corner

For openers, Netflix’s ‘Bodyguard’ stands out

The series has taken an unconventional approach to recaps.

Last night’s string of live late-night shows began at 11 with Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.”

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Going live was a mixed bag, but late-night shows were the break we needed

After hours of election analysis, it was good to have some comic relief, even if a lot of it wasn’t spontaneous.

Jason Isaacs in “Brotherhood,” which ran from 2006-09.

TV CRitic’s Corner

‘Brotherhood’ has the Bulgers in its DNA

The fine Providence-based Showtime series that ran from 2006-09 merits a second look.

Idris Elba on being named the “sexiest man alive” by People magazine: ”It was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.”

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Idris Elba named ‘sexiest man alive’ by People magazine

The British actor said the award “was a nice surprise.”

Seth Meyers will be one of the talk show hosts chiming in on election results.

TV Critic’s Corner

Late-night hosts going live on election night

Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Myers will all be chiming in on the vote.

Your TV GPS

What to watch: Late-night election laughs, a binge-worthy Brit import, and a Bulger-inspired drama

TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week in television.

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark (with Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister) on “Game of Thrones.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Game of Thrones’ to Trump: Write your own slogan

The president had tweeted a photo of himself with the words “Sanctions Are Coming.”

Six cast members of “The Brady Bunch” are heading to HGTV. (From left to right) Maureen McCormack (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Susan Olsen (Cindy), Mike Lookinland (Bobby), Eve Plumb (Jan), and Barry Williams (Greg).

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‘Brady Bunch’ cast members returning to TV — HGTV, that is

Six members of the cast recently reunited at the Los Angeles location of the beloved Brady family home for a new HGTV series, tentatively titled “A Very Brady Renovation.”

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Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy’ video is back for 2018

Eight years in, will the children continue to fall for the treat trick?

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Greater Boston author readings Nov. 4-10

A weekly calendar of literary events.

FILE - In this July 12, 2017, file photo, John Cena presents the Jimmy V perseverance award at the ESPYS in Los Angeles. WWE is set to hold its Crown Jewel event Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Cena, the 15-year face of the company who could not be reached for comment, was widely reported to have misgivings about his participation in the event and how it might affect his blossoming movie career. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

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John Cena will not appear in WWE event in Saudi Arabia

The WWE has chosen to go forward with the Crown Jewel event in Riyadh after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

11/28/2017 BOSTON, MA Chef Jason Santos (cq) at Citrus and Salt in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

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A local chef will rep the Patriots on the ‘Today’ show Friday morning

Jason Santos will face off against a Green Bay chef ahead of the Patriots-Packers Sunday night showdown.

BuzzSaw | Matthew Gilbert

Confessions of an overwhelmed TV critic

I used to watch everything. Now I can’t. So how do I decide?

Julia Roberts stars in Amazon’s “Homecoming.”

Television Review

Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ is a potent mix of sight, sound, and intrigue

Julia Roberts heads a strong cast in a series whose 10 half-hour episodes fly by.

Naomi Watts

TV Critic’s Corner

Naomi Watts will star in ‘Thrones’ prequel

HBO isn’t divulging much else about its spinoff series.

Actress Mindy Kaling poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Wrinkle In Time' in London, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

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Mindy Kaling speaks out against the president’s stance on birthright citizenship

The actress-writer-producer, best known for her work in “The Office,” “The Mindy Project,” and “Ocean’s 8,” voiced her concern in a tweet.

Danny Huston played a mobster on “Magic City.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Magic City’: Where ‘The Sopranos’ and soaps meet

If you missed it the first time around, the Starz drama is worth a second look.

The 2004 Red Sox parade down Boylston Street.

How to watch the Red Sox parade: Tips from Globe reporters, photographers

Where’s the best view on the parade route? Why don’t I have WiFi? Your parade questions, answered.

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Watch Dodgers fans attempt to trash talk Boston on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

The Red Sox may have won the World Series Sunday night, but that didn’t stop Jimmy Kimmel from trotting out some Boston smack talk on Monday.

Richard Nixon is pictured after resigning the presidency in August 1974.

TV Critic’s Corner

Revisiting Watergate and what history tells us

This week the History channel is premiering a six-hour, three-night documentary series from Oscar-winning director Charles Ferguson.