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Holding out hope for Carrie Brownstein’s ‘Search and Destroy’

The “Portlandia” star and Sleater-Kinney rocker has written and directed a pilot for Hulu that is loosely based on her memoir, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.”

Critic’s picks: Michelle Wolf, a Stephen King-themed miniseries, and more

Matthew Gilbert picks 10 shows to follow.

The Weekender: A snarky hero, a rebel pope, and royal to-dos

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

Murphy Brown has a new gig

Details about the series revival are starting to emerge.

‘Forgotton Anne’ is an incredibly beautiful adventure

This vibrantly animated video game is about a place where forgotten things go when people lose track of them.

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// 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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“The Alec Baldwin Show” will air on Sunday nights at 10 in the fall.

TV Critic’s Corner

Alec Baldwin’s talk show won’t keep him up late

ABC has slotted “The Alec Baldwin Show” for 10 p.m. on Sunday nights, starting in the fall.

An interview with actress Diahann Carroll is part of a collection of 4,000-plus hours of video Q&As recorded over more than two decades by the Television Academy Foundation.

Something new to binge-watch: TV’s rich history of itself

A new website will make hundreds of video Q&As recorded by the Television Academy Foundation available for free.

Director Guillermo Del Toro (left), with producer J. Miles Dale, poses with Oscars for best director and best picture for the film “The Shape of Water.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Del Toro will helm a horror series for Netflix

Del Toro will write and direct some episodes of the “10 After Midnight” anthology series and choose the writers and directors for the others.

Erinn Hayes and Kevin James on an episode of “Kevin Can Wait” during its first season,

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Kevin Can Wait’ gets what it deserves

Unnecessarily killing off of a costar did not send the series to the top of the Nielsens — just the opposite.

Josh Thomas (left) and Keegan Joyce in “Please Like Me.” Freeform has ordered a pilot of a new sitcom Thomas has created called “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A new vehicle for Josh Thomas of ‘Please Like Me’

Freeform has ordered a pilot of “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay,” a new sitcom he created.

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‘NotDavidPrice’ tried ‘Fortnite’ for first time to figure out the hoopla. It didn’t go well

Video games have been catching the blame for just about everything for decades. David Price can probably relate.

08namesninja -- Angela Gargano, who will be competing for a spot in the finals of American Ninja Warrior Season 10. (Ian Barnard)


Cranston’s Angela Gargano returns to ‘American Ninja Warrior’ regional competition

She was on Season 7 back in 2015, but her previous stint on the obstacle course was not televised.

Fox axed comedy ‘‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’’ after five seasons.

Fans don’t want to say goodbye to their TV friends on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

Some comedies exist primarily to provide viewers with a group of TV pals whose consistency, whose repetitiveness and catchphrase-bound dialogue, is soothing.

“Rick and Morty” creators Dan Harmon (left) and Justin Roiland.

‘Rick and Morty’ gets approval for 70 more episodes

Fans of the animated science fiction comedy series “Rick and Morty” can rest easy — it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

the story behind the book

Why reality shows draw us in

In his third book, “Captive Audience,’’ Lucas Mann ponders the appeal of programs about the Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo, and the “housewives” of various cities

Clockwise (from top left): Nancy Marchand, Pamela Adlon, Jane Kaczmarek, Louie Anderson, January Jones, Louise Lasser, Carolyn Jones, and Keri Russell.


The greatest TV moms aren’t exactly the greatest TV moms

My favorites aren’t the ones in heels and housedresses, but the crazy kind.


‘Sandra’ joins the podcast-to-screen wave

The show, which stars Kristen Wiig as a virtual assistant, is effective as a podcast. Will it lose something when it joins a growing list of podcasts that are transitioning to television?

Alanis Morissette, shown performing in San Diego in 2017.

The Weekender: Alanis, Art, Alcott, and opera over ice

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

Benedict Cumberbatch is riveting in “Patrick Melrose.”

Television review

‘Patrick Melrose’ and ‘Little Women’: opposite portraits of the ties that bind

Benedict Cumberbatch is riveting, Maya Hawke spirited in two miniseries that begin this weekend, forming a nice yin and yang of domestic drama.

Ricky Gervais starred in the BBC series “The Office.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Gervais returns to TV with new sitcom for Netflix

In “After Life,” he’ll play a guy who decides to say and do exactly what he wants after the death of his wife.

Former “Today” show host Matt Lauer.

NBC says there was no culture of harassment in its news division

NBC undertook an internal investigation after Matt Lauer, the former ‘‘Today’’ show host, was fired amid harassment complaints.

Childish Gambino performs “This Is America” on “Saturday Night Live.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Does Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’ mark the return of the music video?

People are talking about the video, analyzing it with the same rigor and passion as, say, an episode of “Westworld.”

Michael C. Hall as a man seeking his missing child.

Television review

Accent on secrets in Netflix’s ‘Safe’

Michael C. Hall stars as a British surgeon whose daughter goes missing, and his search for her is filled with dark revelations and clues.

Ryan Murphy’s next show is tentatively titled “Consent.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Ryan Murphy’s next show will mine the #MeToo movement

The TV producer told The New Yorker that “every episode would explore a different story, starting with an insider account of the Weinstein company.”

Olivia de Havilland in William Wyler’s 1949 film “The Heiress.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Olivia de Havilland’s feud with FX goes on

The two-time Oscar winner, now 101, is challenging a California appellate court’s decision to throw out her case against Ryan Murphy and the cable network.

Actor William Shatner, right, speaks with New England Institute of Technology President Richard Gouse, left, Sunday, May 6, 2018, on stage during the school's commencement, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


William Shatner tells New England Tech graduates to seek worlds unknown

The actor and author addressed graduates Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, giving them a message of hope in a time of change.

Jeffrey Tambor

TV Critic’s Corner

Jeffrey Tambor to appear in new ‘Arrested Development’ season

Will Netflix experience blowback for the decision? Hard to say.

Conan O’Brien will spend less time interviewing celebrity guests like Anthony Anderson when his show shifts to a half-hour format.

TV Critic’s Corner

Conan’s hoping less is more

Conan O’Brien will spend less time interviewing celebrity guests when his TBS late-night show shifts to a half-hour format.

President Donald Trump.

‘Sad!’ Trump slams NBC after Cohen wiretap story correction

“NBC, my former home with the Apprentice, is now as bad as Fake News CNN,” President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Friday.

Charlie Rose

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

Think that Charlie Rose pitch is absurd? Then you haven’t been watching.

Could a show in which the disgraced TV host interviews other male celebrities accused of sexual misconduct actually happen? My answer is an emphatic yes.

Bob Newhart and Suzanne Pleshette played a childless married couple on ‘‘The Bob Newhart Show,’’ which ran from 1972 to 1978.

How Newhart’s ‘quietly revolutionary’ sitcom changed TV

Forty years later, its influence on contemporary TV sitcoms is still apparent.

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten announces his retirement from football at the NFL team's training facility and headquarters, Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Frisco, Texas (AP Photo/Richard Rodriguez)

Chad Finn

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten retires, will join Monday Night Football

The 11-time Pro Bowl selection spent all 15 seasons of his NFL career with Dallas.

Offred (June) in Fenway Park in season two, episode one of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Map: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is filled with Boston references

The dystopian series, which just announced that it’s coming back for a third season, takes its characters through T stations, Fenway Park, and more.

Jerrika Hinton and Daniel Zovatto in “Here and Now.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Where ‘Here and Now’ went wrong

Having seen the entire season, I’m still not entirely sure what series creator Alan Ball was trying to get at.

Henry Winkler portrays an acting teacher on “Barry.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Henry Winkler for the win?

The actor is bound to secure an Emmy nomination this year for his superb supporting role on the HBO comedy “Barry.”

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Comedian Michelle Wolf attends the Celebration After the White House Correspondents' Dinner hosted by Netflix's The Break with Michelle Wolf on April 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Netflix)

Late-night TV hosts ridicule the outrage over Michelle Wolf’s correspondents’ dinner speech

Stephen Colbert briefly slipped into his conservative ‘‘Colbert Report’’ persona, who — as you may remember — once hosted the correspondents’ dinner himself.

Michelle Wolf

TV Critic’s Corner

And the winner is ... Wolf

“If you didn’t want this to be a win for Trump, you gave him one in a big way,” Mika Brzezinski said on Monday’s “Morning Joe” regarding Michelle Wolf’s controversial White House Correspondents Association gig.

Netflix’s “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes” visits unusual homes in extreme places.

TV Critic’s Corner

Is it home envy, or something else?

I’d be lying if I told you I’d overcome this one particularly stubborn shortcoming: my struggle with the HGTV community.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in “Veep.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

These are TV’s 10 best comic performances in the past 10 years

From Julia Louis-Dreyfus on “Veep” to Ted Danson on “The Good Place,” these actors have been brilliant at making us laugh.

Michelle Wolf will host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

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I hear America zinging at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Michelle Wolf takes on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Joanna Gaines

‘Fixer Upper’ star Joanna Gaines debuts cookbook, talks post-show plans

Even though her show has come to an end, the home design guru is still going strong.

A terrifying ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ season two kicks off in these iconic Boston locations

They look very different, though.

From lef: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, and Pom Klementieff in “Avengers: Infinity War.

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The Weekender: ‘Avengers’ heroes, fierce queens, and They Might Be Giants

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

Colin Jost (left) and Michael Che on the set of “SNL.”

Michael Che, Colin Jost of ‘SNL’ to host Emmy Awards

Che and Jost anchor the ‘‘Weekend Update’’ segment of ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ and are head writers on the long-running sketch show.

President Trump tried to kiss his wife, Melania, during a visit from France’s president earlier this week.

Trump admits he didn’t get a present for Melania’s birthday today

“You know, I’m very busy to be running out looking for presents, OK?” President Trump said in an interview on national TV this morning.

A still image from the series “Poetry in America.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Verse case scenarios with ‘Poetry in America’

Presented by WGBH-TV, “Poetry in America” reads between the lines.