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What is conservative comedy anyway? ‘SNL’ firing demands the question

The firing of Shane Gillis from “Saturday Night Life” was because of racist comments, but his hiring had to do with a hunger for conservative comedy. Dare I even ask?

Gut check time as ‘Downton Abbey’ leaps to the big screen

Usually when I see a revival movie of a TV show, I am displeased.

The Weekender: The Crawleys return, ‘The Crucible’ churns, and ‘Between Two Ferns’

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

With Nneka Nwosu Faison at the lead, WCVB’s ‘Chronicle’ sets a new course

Chronicle named its next executive producer today. She’ll be the first black person to lead the longest-running locally produced news magazine, but she’s so much more than that.

‘Succession’ title sequence offers insights

Best of all is the music, by Nicholas Britell. It’s virtually a character on the show.

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

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‘Downton Abbey’ does it right in its big-screen debut

“Downton Abbey,” after six years on PBS, won’t disappoint fans in its movie incarnation.

FILE - This Aug. 21, 2009, file photo shows the NBC logo at its headquarters in New York. Comcast’s NBCUniversal says its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC’s logo, and will be the home for some of the company’s most popular shows, including “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and “30 Rock.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

‘Saved by the Bell’ will get a reboot as part of NBC’s ‘Peacock’ streaming service, which launches in April

Peacock’s lineup will include series like ‘‘30 Rock,’’ ‘’Will & Grace,’’ and ‘‘Cheers,’’ as well as original new movies and shows like reboots of ‘‘Battlestar Galactica’’ and ‘‘Saved by the Bell.’’

There’s no need to steal cable to catch Seinfeld in 2021 - the entire series will be streaming on Neftlix.

‘Seinfeld’ sidles up to Netflix, will start streaming in 2021

Move aside, “Friends” and “The Office.” Netflix now has a new gem — an old show about nothing.

Bradley Whitford poses in the press room with the award for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for

Guest-acting spots on ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ win Emmy Awards

The awards honor actors who lift their episodes to the next level.

This photo released by NBC shows Shane Gillis who was to join the cast of

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‘SNL’ rescinds cast invitation to Shane Gillis over YouTube video deriding Asians

“Saturday Night Live” has rescinded its invitation to a cast member who posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English.

MASTERCHEF: L-R: Contestants Subha and Nick in the “10th Season Pool Party!” episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, June 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Greg Gayne/ FOX

Harvard grad competing in ‘MasterChef’ finale

DiGiovanni, who majored in food and climate studies at Harvard, is the youngest contestant ever to advance to the finals. The finale airs on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m.

“Dancing With the Stars” begins its 28th season Monday with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer among its celebrity contestants.

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The week in watching: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ bad move, late night’s new face, Emmy anticipation

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television.

Kaitlyn Dever stars in the Netflix series ”Unbelievable,” now streaming.

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In new Netflix series, an ‘Unbelievable’ true story of injustice

Showrunner/co-creator Susannah Grant and star Kaitlyn Dever discuss their new Netflix series, about a rape victim’s years-long path to justice after police accuse her of making a false report.

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This reality show is guaranteed to be ‘Legendary’

The forthcoming Warner Media streaming channel, called HBO Max and due sometime next spring, has just ordered a new 10-episode dance competition.

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The new shows to watch — and the ones to avoid — this fall

Critic Matthew Gilbert sorts through the best and worst of fall TV’s plethora of choices.

TV Host Maria Menounos arrives for the 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by LISA O'CONNOR / AFP)LISA O'CONNOR/AFP/Getty Images

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Maria Menounos on her mother’s health, her favorite Boston restaurants, and starting a family

“Celebrating her 65th birthday three years after her brain cancer diagnosis is such a gift.”

Angela Kinsey (in white) and Jenna Fischer (in red) will revisit “The Office” in a podcast.

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With podcast, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey put in a little ‘Office’ overtime

The actresses, who played Pam and Angela, respectively, will host “Office Ladies,” a weekly podcast that will feature the pair breaking down episodes and telling behind-the-scenes stories.

(L-r) Chloe Fineman, Bowen Yang and Shane Gillis will join Season 45 of

‘SNL’ adds 3 to its cast, including an Asian-American comic

“Saturday Night Live” is adding three new cast members for its upcoming 45th season, including the show’s only Asian-American performer.

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‘Country Music’ is a grand ole epic from Ken Burns

With his 16-hour PBS documentary, the filmmaker presents a vivid aural portrait across the 20th century.

Stephen King before a book signing event in Paris on Nov. 13, 2013.

On late night show, Maine author Stephen King says it’s time for someone new to replace Susan Collins

On “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” King discussed a recent tweet in which he said Maine Senator Susan Collins “has got to go.”

Scott Ryan writes and stars in “Mr Inbetween.”

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It’s time to catch up on ‘Mr Inbetween’

Season one of the poignant Australian comedy-drama about a brutal street thug is a quick binge, and you might want to get on it, because the second season premieres on FX Thursday at 10 p.m.

Jen Kirkman.

Needham native Jen Kirkman talks comedy, ‘Drunk History’ ahead of Wilbur show

One night, Kirkman saw Norm Macdonald at the Comedy Connection in Boston, and everything changed.

This image released by HBO shows a New York City Fireman speaking to children in a scene from the documentary

HBO produces documentary to help kids understand 9/11

For students from elementary to high school, the Sept. 11 terrorist attack isn’t a memory. It’s history. A new HBO documentary that debuts on the event’s 18th anniversary treats it that way.

Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England, is the location used for filming

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A visit to Highclere Castle and the wonderful world of Downton

Christopher Muther loves “Downton Abbey” so he, too, wanted to be surrounded by ancient tapestries and tufted velvet sofas. This was his chance — and he almost blew it.

A TV anchor gave an on-air rebuttal to a viewer who criticized her clothes

A TV reporter in Portland, Oregon, is doubling down on her preference for high-waisted pants after a male viewer told her to “dress like a normal woman” in a Facebook message.

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Ben Watson defended a Jemele Hill article to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham — until she cut him off

As the Patriots tight end explained why black athletes should consider leaving white colleges to attend historically black colleges and universities, Ingraham rolled her eyes and ended the interview.

Eva Longoria walks the carpet at the Farrah Fawcett Foundation's

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Eva Longoria writes letter in support of Felicity Huffman ahead of admissions scandal sentencing

Longoria says Huffman helped her get a raise on the ABC series “Desperate Housewives” and protected her from a bully on the set.

Jonathan Groff as FBI profiler Holden Ford in “Mindhunter,” which has become a more rewarding show in season two.

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This week on TV: When shows improve, Kelly Clarkson chats, and Dems look for viral moments

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television.

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John Krasinski confronts a nuclear threat in explosive first trailer for ‘Jack Ryan’ season 2

The Newton native is tougher and meaner in the upcoming season of the Amazon action drama.

Ann Dowd attended Hulu’s “Handmaid’s Tale” celebration last month in Westwood, Calif.

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Ann Dowd has another tale to tell

The actress has participated in the audiobook version of Margaret Atwood’s sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” called “The Testaments,” which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, actor Kevin Hart gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers in Los Angeles. Hart has been injured in a car crash in the hills above Malibu on Sunday, Sept. 1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

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On the Internet, microaggressions can be freeze-framed and studied

In our digital world, interruptions and slights become case studies in bias.

Ryan Murphy is heading into his $300 million deal with Netflix — and finishing up his FX deal — with many new series in the works.

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Ryan Murphy is an American success story

The man behind “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” “Feud,” and “Pose,” among others, is heading into his $300 million deal with Netflix — and finishing up his FX deal.

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Margaret Atwood’s powerful ‘The Testaments’ picks up 15 years after ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

In the 34 years since its publication, Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has become a literary and political juggernaut. Its sequel arrives September 10.

American actor Adam Sandler speaks during a press conference for the Netflix film 'Murder Mystery' in Mexico City, Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Cristina Baussan)

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Adam Sandler thanks Mass. after wrapping up ‘Hubie Halloween’ filming on North Shore

“Thanks for all the hospitality this summer, Massachusetts. It was a blast.”

This combination photo shows author Margaret Atwood at 2018 Equality Now's

Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie among Booker Prize finalists

Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments,” her highly anticipated sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is among six works shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, Harrison Ford arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced that the planned fifth installment in the “Indiana Jones” franchise will be released in July 2021 instead of July 2020. The film was originally scheduled for release in the summer of 2019. Steven Spielberg is set to direct the latest film, with Ford also reprising his role. Ford will turn 79 years old in July 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

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Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart were back in Mass. over the weekend

The “Indiana Jones” star was bringing their son to college.

Mary Tyler Moore (left) and Valerie Harper reprised one of television’s most iconic friendships in the 2000 made-for-TV movie “Mary and Rhoda.”

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The week in watching: Rhoda and TV besties, couples on the couch, and Sacha Baron Cohen, seriously

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television.

Actress-model Garcelle Beauvais will become the first black housewife on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” in the upcoming season.

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Upcoming season of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ will have show’s first black housewife

Actress-model Garcelle Beauvais is joining the cast.

A portion of a trail near the Hockomock Swamp in Easton.

FX creating series based on ‘Bridgewater Triangle,’ an alleged hotbed of paranormal activity

The approximately 200-square-mile region has been home to reports of UFOs, Bigfoot, and other strange sightings. Now, some of those legends could make their way to television.

Suranne Jones plays landowner Anne Lister in HBO’s “Gentleman Jack.”

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The greatest overlooked TV performances of the last 20 years

Maybe the Emmys didn’t notice you, Suranne Jones, but I definitely did. Here are a few others who were wrongfully ignored.

From left: “BH90210” stars Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, Shannen Doherty, Ian Ziering, Jennie Garth, and Tori Spelling in Beverly Hills, Calif., earlier in August.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘90210’ reboot could benefit from another reboot

Despite the cleverness of being a show about a show that was a show a long time ago, the story lines are fairly dumb.

“Jeopardy!” posted a video Thursday on Twitter showing Alex Trebek back on set and promising ‘‘a good year’’ ahead.

Alex Trebek, saying he’s on the mend, is back at ‘Jeopardy!’

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has returned to work, saying he’s “on the mend” following treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Jonathan Groff as Holden in Netflix’s “Mindhunter.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Mindhunter’ consistently captivates in season 2

After a middling first season, with high (Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper) and low points (Jonathan Groff’s Holden in a flat love affair), they have come up with a somewhat stunning second round.

Gary Gulman has a new HBO special debuting in October.

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Gary Gulman sets HBO special ‘The Great Depresh’ for October

The Peabody-bred funnyman– who won comedian of the year at the 2018 Boston Comedy Festival – will headline “The Great Depresh,” debuting on HBO Oct. 4.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 2, 2018 US film director Martin Scorsese arrives at the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival. - Netflix on July 31, 2019 unveiled the trailer for Martin Scorsese's long-awaited new film,

Netflix to give Martin Scorsese’s crime epic ‘The Irishman’ exclusive theatrical release

“The Irishman” will get a theatrical release for about four weeks, providing theaters most of November to screen the big-budget Martin Scorsese film before it lands on Netflix.

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Margaret Atwood, Lynn Nesbit among 2019 Center for Fiction honorees

Atwood and some of the forces behind the Hulu adaptation of her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” will be this year’s honorees at the Center for Fiction’s benefit and awards dinner.