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Bill Hader has new HBO series, hosting gig on ‘SNL’

The “SNL” alum hosts Saturday, and chances are excellent he will crack himself up.

Jimmy Kimmel gives Hollywood a chance to exhale

His monologue sounded like one of his cheery late-night talk-show monologues — timely, mildly clever, smart, forgettable.

The Weekender: Irish sojourns, Russian meltdowns, and ‘American Utopia’

It’s a special St. Patrick’s Day edition of the Weekender!

Aaron Hernandez documentary offers a detailed retelling, minus the melodrama

The two-part, four-hour film, airing Saturday and Sunday nights, is a deep dive into the life and death of the former Patriot and convicted murderer.

Fox 25 news director abruptly departs

Hired in 2016, Mike Oliveira apparently was good at his job, which may explain why he’s gone.

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Tyler Walker of the US competing at the Paralympic Winter Games.

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The mettle and medals of the Paralympics

NBC Sports Network has coverage spanning the weekend, and let me warn you: You’re gonna get worked up. 

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Rexit at the White House; a holiday by any other name

From lost jobs at the White House to found love on ‘Queer Eye,’ a review of the week in things

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” on TBS stars the Canadian comedian.

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The women of Wednesday

Wednesday nights have come to serve as a kind of regulating mechanism for our all-male household.

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The queen mother of ‘America’s Next Top Model’

I like to think of “ANTM” as an extensive verite meta-documentary charting the slow psychological unraveling of Tyra Banks.

Norm Macdonald

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Netflix adds Norm Macdonald to its talk-show roster

The comic and former “Saturday Night Live” guy will host and produce “Norm Macdonald Has a Show.”

From left: James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, and Robert Iler in “The Sopranos.”

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What you need to know about ‘The Sopranos’ prequel

Show creator David Chase will set the film in 1967 Newark. Here’s what else he’s divulged so far.

The cast of “ER” in the second season (from left): George Clooney, Eriq La Salle, Sherry Stringfield, Anthony Edwards, Gloria Reuben, Noah Wyle, and Julianna Margulies.


Should you binge-watch ‘ER’? Here’s why you might want to.

Since January, Hulu has been streaming the entire 1994-2009 series — that’s 15 seasons, 331 episodes, and more emergency intubations than you can shake a scalpel at.

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Jussie Smollett finds his voice and builds his own empire

The actor and singer marked a breakthrough in 2015 when the TV series “Empire” debuted. Now he’s finally put out his own debut album, ‘‘Sum of My Music.’’

James Comey, the fired FBI director, shown at a Senate Select Committee hearing last June, will now appear on Stephen Colbert’s late-night TV show.

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Colbert schedules a sit-down with Comey

The former FBI director will pay the show a visit on April 17, the same day his new book is released.

Josh Radnor in “Rise.”

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Excess keeps ‘Rise’ from lifting off

The NBC drama, from the creator of “Friday Night Lights,” plays like an overstuffed version of that show.

The miniseries will follow Bobby Brown’s life after his departure from New Edition.

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BET is casting a Bobby Brown biopic

Woody McClain, who played Brown in the network’s New Edition miniseries, will reprise the role.

‘Nunberg took over cable news like a car chase’ — and Stephen Colbert loved it

“Right before we taped this show, the entire news cycle jumped on the bus to crazy town,” the late night TV show host said Monday.

Former ESPN personality Adrienne Lawrence said in a lawsuit that sportscaster Chris Berman left a colleague “a racially disparaging voicemail.”

Former ESPN personality files harassment lawsuit against network

Adrienne Lawrence said a male anchor made unwanted advances against her and that management “colluded with” the human resources department against Lawrence after she complained.

Cristin Milioti in a season 4 episode of “Black Mirror.”

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More future shock in store from ‘Black Mirror’

Netflix is bringing the series back for a fifth season.

Host Jimmy Kimmel onstage during the 90th Academy Awards Sunday.

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Oscars suffer a big dip in TV ratings

Nielsen recorded the smallest audience ever, down 19 percent from last year.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Mary J. Blige attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)


Bold statements — and looks — on the Oscars red carpet

The 90th Academy Awards got everyone talking — about politics, #MeToo, and equal opportunity in film. The red carpet looks were just as engaging.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Zoey Deutch attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


Zoey Deutch hits the red carpet in style

Deutch, whose credits include “The Disaster Artist,” “Before I Fall,” and Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” is the daughter of ’80 sweetheart Lea Thompson.

Derek Luke stars in the pilot based on Joe Finder’s 2014 novel “Suspicion.”

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Book by local author Joe Finder becomes NBC pilot

“Suspicion” stars Derek Luke, was created and written by Jessica Goldberg, who also created “The Path” on Hulu, and will be directed by Brad Anderson of “Fringe.”

Cast members, including Mr. Stiers (rear right), celebrated the 10th season of “M*A*S*H,” a comedy-drama about a team of doctors and support staff during the Korean War.

David Ogden Stiers of ‘M*A*S*H’ dies at 75

Mr. Stiers played the pompous Major Charles Winchester III on the long-running series.

Ellen Barkin stars in “Animal Kingdom.”

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Denis Leary set to prowl ‘Animal Kingdom’

In the upcoming season, he’ll play a drifter who is the father of one of the members of the Southern California crime family.

For the Oscars ceremony in 2014, Margot Robbie wore a 60-carat diamond Riviera necklace and a 14-carat ring.

Jewelers prep for the Super Bowl of sparkle: The Oscars

The Academy Awards are the Super Bowl of sparkle, at least to the jewelers vying to adorn all those famous ears, necks and wrists.

From left: Melanie Field as Heather Chandler, Brendan Scannell as Heather Duke, and Jasmine Matthews as Heather McNamara in Paramount Network’s unreleased series “Heathers,” a reboot of the 1988 movie.


This isn’t the moment for a cynical take on teens

The new TV series “Heathers” has been delayed in the aftermath of the Parkland shootings, but will there ever be a good time for a show this hostile to kids?

Jennifer Lawrence plays a prima ballerina turned Russian agent in “Red Sparrow.”

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The Weekender: Russian spies, Hollywood brains, and restless Zombies

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

David Silver circa 1968 poses with an image from his TV show, “What’s Happening, Mr. Silver?”


Boston’s most radical TV show blew the minds of a stoned generation in 1967

When a Tufts instructor launched the trippy TV show on WGBH, it was unlike anything viewers had ever seen.

Alec Baldwin will chat with Kate McKinnon and Jerry Seinfeld this Sunday night.

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Alec Baldwin’s talk show will debut after the Oscars

The first guests on “Sundays With Alec Baldwin” will be Kate McKinnon and Jerry Seinfeld.

A scene from the documentary “Icarus.”


How a Boston-backed film helped uncover the Russian doping scandal

The team behind the Oscar-nominated “Icarus” shook up world athletics, with far-reaching consequences.

Michael Chiklis will play a veteran NYPD detective in “Murder.”

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Michael Chiklis back in uniform for CBS pilot

The star of “The Shield” has been cast as a veteran NYPD detective in “Murder.”

“Bachelor” contestant Caroline Lunny


Holliston’s Caroline Lunny throws shade at ‘Bachelor’ star Arie Luyendyk Jr.

The latest season of ABC’s “The Bachelor” has proven to be a snooze-fest. But now, it seems, it may end with a dash of controversy.

Candice Bergen will reprise her role of Murphy Brown.

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CBS rounding out its plans for ‘Murphy Brown’ revival

CBS has given the “Murphy Brown” revival a 13-episode first season.

Milo Ventimiglia as Jack in “This Is Us.”

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‘This Is Us’ returns with lighter touch as finale nears

It’s time to enjoy a little more vicarious heartbreak and healing.

Kiernan Shipka, who played Sally Draper on “Mad Men,” will star in the new “Sabrina.”

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Netflix is conjuring up a new ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’

“Sabrina” will have a dark horror-like spin to it, as our heroine stands up to evil forces.

Jennifer Lawrence told interviewer Bill Whitaker that she struggled in school and “never felt very smart.” But when she began acting, something changed.


Jennifer Lawrence admits she dropped out of middle school in ‘60 Minutes’ interview

The Oscar winner told interviewer Bill Whitaker that she struggled in school and “never felt very smart.” But when she began acting, something changed.

Representative Joe Kennedy.

Joe Kennedy III bashes GOP response to school shooting

A day after Trump proposed arming some teachers, Kennedy was unequivocal in rejecting the idea.

Michelle Wolf is a regular on “The Daily Show.”

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Michelle Wolf to host White House Correspondents’ dinner

Whether President Trump plans to attend is another matter.

From left: Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman, and Retta in “Good Girls.”

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The crime of ‘Good Girls’ is its wasted potential

The new NBC series is a wan attempt to make points — good points — about sexism, inequality, patriarchy, and health care, stitched together with a story line that is seriously underdeveloped.

Jeff Daniels and Tahar Rahim in Hulu’s “The Looming Tower.”

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Hulu’s ‘Looming Tower’ a 9/11 prelude with no heroes

Hulu’s “The Looming Tower,” a limited series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, does not go easy when it comes to assigning blame.

Charity Angel Dawson, Desi Oakley, and Lenne Klingaman in the national tour of “Waitress,” which is at the Opera House through March 4.

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The Weekender: Waitresses, prison guards, and princesses

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

The cast of the original TV series “Lost in Space” (from left): Mark Goddard, June Lockhart, Guy Williams, Billy Mumy (front), Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, and Marta Kristen.

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‘Lost in Space’ reboot set to launch in April

Maybe Netflix will justify its forthcoming foray into the world of the space family Robinson with the help of a twist: Actress Parker Posey will star as the scheming Dr. Smith.

Stephen Colbert.

Stephen Colbert applauds Florida student activists

“There is one group that does give me hope that we will do something to protect the children, and sadly, it’s the children,” he said.

Jay Hernandez will pick up the lead of “Magnum P.I.” from Tom Selleck.

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A new ‘Magnum P.I’ from the same old CBS

In this reboot, Jay Hernandez will star in the role that made Tom Selleck famous.

Longtime Boston news anchor Christa Delcamp joins NBC10

Delcamp, who worked at WHDH-TV (Channel 7) for 14 years, is slated to join the morning news team at NBC 10 on Wednesday.