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With ‘The Americans,’ dour doesn’t mean disappointing

The season reflects the exhaustion of its main characters and the deep anxiety that goes along with Cold War espionage.

Jerry Perenchio, 86, media mogul

Mr. Perenchio helped produce hit TV shows and sporting events and turned Univision into a major Spanish-language network.

Everything you need to know about fall TV

Here’s the networks’ complete primetime schedules, featuring all of the season’s new arrivals.

People really did not like the ‘Dirty Dancing’ remake

The original is one of the most beloved movies of the ’80s. The remake? Not so much.

Hannity says media watchdog is guilty of ‘liberal fascism’ for targeting advertisers

Sean Hannity is not happy with Media Matters for America, the lobbyists who had posted a list of his show’s advertisers on its web site.

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FCC: No punishment for Stephen Colbert’s crude Trump joke

There will be no fine for Stephen Colbert’s risque joke about President Donald Trump.

Seth Rich was shot and killed July 10, 2016, in Washington, D.C. MUST CREDIT: Photo courtesy of the Democratic National Committee

Fox News removes report from website about murdered DNC staffer

The report quoted a private investigator suggesting that Seth Rich had some connection to Wikileaks and its leaks of DNC e-mails.

The news comes shortly after the firing of star anchor Bill O’Reilly, as Fox is trying to establish a new prime-time lineup.

Fox News finds itself in an unaccustomed spot — out of first

Fox News Channel has found itself somewhere it has rarely been the past decade — out of first place.

Alec Baldwin portrayed Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”

Trump called ‘SNL’ a ‘terrible show.’ It went on to have a record-shattering season

On Saturday, ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ concluded its most-watched season in 23 years, a feat it accomplished while ratcheting up political material.

Bobby Moynihan (left) and Jaleel White in “Me, Myself & I.”


Bobby Moynihan, Jessica Pare, and Jeremy Piven star in CBS series this fall

The network fall preview continues with a look at CBS’s primetime schedule.

From left: Bernard David Jones, Brandon Michael Hall, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Marcel Spears of “The Mayor,” which will air Tuesday nights at 9:30.

TV Critic’s Corner

What’s new — and not — this fall on ABC

An introduction to the networks’ fall schedules begins with ABC’s.

Kyle MacLachlan in “Twin Peaks: The Return.”

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‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ is dazzling, confounding

Don’t look for coherence in this reboot of the famously weird series, which aired Sunday night on Showtime.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has joined the voice cast of Disney XD’s “DuckTales.’’

TV Critic’s Corner

Lin-Manuel Miranda on his way to Duckburg

The “Hamilton” creator is part of a “DuckTales” reboot.

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, Trevor Noah appears during a taping of

Get me a rewrite! Now it’s late-night hosts keeping up with the news

With a mixture of speed, weariness, and a growing, comedy show writers are scrambling to satisfy the appetites of their news-savvy audiences.

On ‘SNL,’ The Rock and Tom Hanks joked about a 2020 White House bid

Actor Dwayne ‘‘The Rock’’ Johnson, who was hosting the show for a fifth time, made a dramatic announcement in his opening monologue.

Was this ‘SNL’ saying farewell to President Trump?

The opening segment of this week’s episode featured a rendition of “Hallelujah.”

Kyle MacLachlan returns — some 26 years later — for the third season of “Twin Peaks.”

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Yes, ‘Twin Peaks’ changed TV, and yet . . .

I have mixed feelings about the much-revered series. Yes, I’m that guy.

Mr. Ailes founded Fox News in 1996 and built it into a very successful platform for conservative commentators.

Roger Ailes, 77, media guru and political strategist

The communications maestro created and ruled Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment.

Micaela Spina, Juan Cupini, and band member Julio Dominguez in “Arrabal.”


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

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Bobby Moynihan departing ‘SNL’ after nine years

This weekend’s finale will mark the end of his run, while a starring role in a CBS sitcom awaits.

Roger Ailes, at Fox News studios in New York in 2002, died Thursday at 77.


Like him or loathe him, Roger Ailes transformed the news

The pugnacious founder of Fox News Channel gave the news an explicitly ideological edge, and in the process he played a crucial role in the rise of President Trump.

Jeffrey Tambor (left), Jason Bateman, and the rest of the Bluth family actors will return.

TV Critic’s Corner

Bluths are reconnecting for a fifth season of ‘Arrested Development’

The disappointing fourth season kept the ensemble fractured. Not so in season five, Netflix says.

Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff.

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In HBO’s ‘Wizard of Lies,’ a Madoff who defies explanation

As Bernie Madoff, Robert De Niro expertly delivers evasion, aloofness, concealment.

Jimmy Kimmel (right, with Jordan Horowitz and Warren Beatty) at February’s Oscars.

TV Critic’s Corner

Make no mistake, Kimmel will return to host the Oscars

Do you think we can expect a few jokes about this year’s best picture debacle?

‘The good news? Trump found the leaker’: Colbert rips Trump over intel reports

Last week, President Trump called Stephen Colbert ‘‘a no-talent guy’’ who isn’t funny and tells ‘‘filthy’’ jokes.

ESPN radio hosts Mike Greenberg (left) and Mike Golic in 2012.

ESPN Radio’s ‘Mike & Mike’ are going their separate ways

Mike Greenberg is leaving the radio show he co-hosts with Mike Golic to host a new morning TV show on ESPN TV premiering Jan. 1.

Bill Cosby in April after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case in Pennsylvania.

In a PR blitz before trial, Bill Cosby blames racism for sexual assault claims

Cosby also said he does not expect to testify at his upcoming felony sexual assault trial.

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2016 file photo television host Conan O'Brien gestures to the audience at Sanders Theatre on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge. O'Brien is vigorously defending himself from plagiarism allegations by a writer who accused him of ripping off punchlines about Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa,File)

Conan is heading to court after he’s accused of stealing jokes

What do Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady, and the Washington Monument have in common? They’re all subjects of punchlines Brookline native Conan O’Brien is accused of ripping off.

TV Critic’s Corner

Mindy Kaling returning to NBC in a new sitcom

A single-camera comedy called “Champions” will also star Anders Holm of “Workaholics.”

Kat Dennings (left) and Beth Behrs in “2 Broke Girls.”

TV Critic’s Corner

What will this critic use as a punching bag if ‘2 Broke Girls’ is canceled?

“2 Broke Girls,” with its filthy humor, its ethnic and racial stereotypes, its affection for menstrual jokes and groan-worthy puns, is dead.

Joe Mathieu


Joe Mathieu named anchor of WGBH’s ‘Morning Edition’

He’ll take over the on-air duties from host Bob Seay in August.

Kara McCullough (left) reacted after she was crowned Miss USA at Sunday’s pageant.

Federal government scientist wins Miss USA title

Kara McCullough, who works for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was Miss District of Columbia.

TV Critic’s Corner

More George R.R. Martin coming atcha

Syfy has just announced a project adapted from Martin’s 1980 novella “Nightflyers.”

Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on “Saturday Night Live” in February.

Melissa McCarthy has hit the open road as Sean Spicer

Though Spicer hasn’t been in the White House this week, it appears he will still be on “Saturday Night Live” when McCarthy hosts this weekend.

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Actress Frankie Shaw to star in Showtime series

Frankie Shaw’s new comedy series, titled “SMILF,” will be set in Boston.

Frances Conroy stars in “The Mist,” a new Spike series based on one of Stephen King’s most well-known novellas.


There’s more to Stephen King’s ‘Mist’ than small-town terror

A new TV series debuting June 22 aims to expand on the novella’s characters and themes.

Laurie Donnelly and Jacques Pépin


Chef Jacques Pépin talks about how he met Julia Child

Pepin will be featured in a new episode of “American Masters,” which will air May 26 on WGBH 2.

Ben Affleck.

Ben Affleck and Patrick Dempsey join UK comedy special

“The Red Nose Day Special” will air May 25 to raise awareness and support for children in need.

Professional street skater Rob Dyrdek (left) and Mr. Boykin appeared on “Total Request Live” in 2006.

Christopher Boykin, 45, half of the MTV odd couple ‘Rob & Big’

Mr. Boykin, known as Big Black, was the professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek’s bodyguard and buddy.

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in “Snatched.”


The Weekender: WikiLeaks, New Kids, and the great Goldie Hawn

The Globe’s picks for everything fun this weekend.

“American Idol” is going to return to TV, this time on ABC, less than two years after it was canceled by Fox.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Idol’ is on its way back, but Seacrest may be another story

The show — canceled by Fox last year after a slide in ratings — will return on a new network: ABC.

Noel Wells and Aziz Ansari in “Master of None.”

Television review

In 2nd season, ‘Master of None’ avoids the sophomore slump

Aziz Ansari’s gem of a comedy is more ambitious this season, but no less charming.

FILE — Vincent “Buddy” Cianci Jr., the mayor of Providence, R.I., Jan. 10, 1997. Cianci, who cast a vast shadow over political life in Providence in a long career that included two decade-long stints in office, talk-radio polemics and a prison term on federal racketeering charges, died on Jan. 28, 2016. He was 74. (Keith Meyers/The New York Times)

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‘Crimetown’ drops a dime on Providence

The podcast “Crimetown” offers crime and not punishment in Rhode Island’s capital.

Dwayne Johnson said leadership would be a top priority if he were president.

Rock nation? Dwayne Johnson considering run for White House

The actor and former pro wrestler tells GQ that a presidential run is ‘‘a real possibility.’’

Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in “House of Cards.” Robin Wright (also pictured) plays his wife, Claire Underwood.

‘House of Cards’ gets in on the Comey firing

“When you’re fresh meat, kill and throw them something fresher,” the show tweeted.

In this photo provided by CBS, host Stephen Colbert, third from right, sits with guests, from left, Jon Stewart, Rob Corddry, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, and Ed Helms during

Stephen Colbert welcomes ‘Daily Show’ alums to ‘Late Show’

The former “Daily Show” correspondent played host to his old colleagues, including Jon Stewart.