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Need an idea for a game show? There’s an app for that.

Fox has “Beat Shazam,” CBS “Candy Crush,” and now there’s a “Words With Friends” adaptation in the works.

Is Davis the heir to Chappelle? That’s the wrong question.

The host of Comedy Central’s “Hood Adjacent” is just getting started.

Not great enough: Michael Phelps can’t keep up with shark

In a made-for-TV showdown, the simulated Great White left the 23-time gold medalist in the slow lane.

In 'Game of Thrones,’ uneasy alliances and a royal prophecy

“Stormborn” reminds us early on that every alliance beginning to form this season will have to reckon with all participants' unsavory pasts.

New York Times asks Fox News for apology after ‘inaccurate segment’

A “Fox & Friends” piece accused the paper of publishing a story in 2015 that hindered the US attempt to kill ISIS’ leader.

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Watch the new trailer for the second season of ‘Stranger Things’

The creators premiered a trailer for the show’s second season at Comic-Con that was so new, even the cast hadn’t seen it.

Gemma Arterton in “Their Finest.”

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Our movie critic provides a rundown of what he’s found interesting on the various services lately.

Boston, MA - 5/7/2017 - Comedian David Letterman walks the red carpet as he arrives for the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at the the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA, May 7, 2017. Former U.S. President Barack Obama was the recipient of the award. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

David Letterman donates hundreds of items to alma mater

David Letterman has donated more than 1,000 memorabilia items — including 15 Emmy Awards — to Ball State University.

Amazon has acquired “Homecoming,” starring Julia Roberts.

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A ‘Homecoming’ for Julia Roberts

Amazon’s half-hour drama is from “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail.


Changing the channel on cable

Streaming is picking up steam, but cutting the cord isn’t easy.


I know what you should binge this summer

Here are plenty of suggestions of series past and present to get you through the summer doldrums.

Lena Dunham as Hannah in HBO’s “Girls.”

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Next up for Lena Dunham: an election horror story

The “Girls" creator and star will appear in next season’s “American Horror Story.”

President-elect Donald Trump, with top adviser Kellyanne Conway, left, during a meeting with reporters, editors and columnists from the New York Times, at the Times building in New York, Nov. 22, 2016. (Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times)

The New York Times is a favorite Trump target — and interview venue

President Trump has denounced The New York Times as “fake news,” yet he’s granted more interviews there save for Fox News.

A scene from Christopher Nolan’s ”Dunkirk.”

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Tom Cruise starred as a military lawyer in the film version of “A Few Good Men.”

Baldwin to star in a live ‘A Few Good Men’ on NBC

The network is shifting to live drama after producing a string of musicals.

David Benioff (left) and D.B. Weiss at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2015.

The showrunners of ‘Game of Thrones’ are bringing a new series about civil war to HBO

“Confederate” imagines a modern America where slavery is still legal — and some people are not exactly thrilled with the premise.

Jason Bateman (center) with Laura Linney and McKinley Belcher III in “Ozark” on Netflix.

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A mountain of trouble in ‘Ozark’

Though not as good as “Breaking Bad,” the Netflix series shares some similarities.

Corinne Olympios decided not to return to the reality show.

TV Critic’s Corner

Back to reality for ‘Bachelor in Paradise’

Filming was suspended last month over an allegation of an alcohol-fueled sexual encounter between contestants, but Warner Bros. determined that there was no misconduct after all.

A 1965 photo of US Marines in Vietnam. The war is the subject of a new documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Ken Burns sees Vietnam War as virus, documentary as vaccination

The filmmaker views the war as having infected Americans with a sense of alienation and mistrust, and he hopes “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part PBS series that he co-directed, can be part of a cure.

Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.’’

TV Critic’s Corner

Record ratings for the return of ‘Game of Thrones’

The results are even more impressive when you realize that the number of homes watching TV during the summer is generally lower than the rest of the year.

“Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling in an undated photo.

TV Critic’s Corner

Next stop, ‘The Twilight Zone’ onstage

A theatrical production based on Rod Serling’s CBS classic will open in London, at the Almeida Theatre, in December.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer briefs members of the media during a daily briefing at the White House July 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier DoulieryOLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images

Yet again, Monday’s White House briefing was off-camera

Cameras remained off at the White House press briefing, sidelining one of daytime television’s most popular features.

A scene from the season 7 premiere.

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‘Game of Thrones’ is off to a thrilling start

I remembered all over again just how elegantly written, richly acted, and confidently shot this drama is at its best.

Lena Headey (left) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in a scene from Season 7 “Game of Thrones” episode.

Here’s what folks are saying about the ‘Game of Thrones’ season premiere

We’re not gonna spoil it for you — well, we’ll try not to.

Larry David (left) and Jeff Garlin in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

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Some pretty, pretty good ‘Curb’ news

What you need to know about the upcoming ninth season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

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Another reboot, this time for ‘The L Word’

Original stars Jennifer Beals (Bette), Kate Moennig (Shane), and Leisha Hailey (Alice) are already on board.

Ned as Martin and Allison Tolman as Nan in “Downward Dog.”

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You were a good boy, ‘Downward Dog’

I finally had a chance to check out this gem — after it was canceled.

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Bloody good cocktail ideas for ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere

Arya’s List? The Last Lannisters? Here are a few suggestions for what to drink while watching “Game of Thrones” on Sunday.

Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (left) and Alec Baldwin as President Trump during “Spicer Returns” on “Saturday Night Live” in May.

Emmy snubs and surprises

Let’s start with the snubs: “The Americans,” “Girls,” “13 Reasons Why,” and many more.

Anderson Cooper says Trump aide is like ‘Hungarian Don Rickles’

The CNN anchor dubbed an aide to President Trump ‘‘the Hungarian Don Rickles’’ following an insult-laden exchange on the network.

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama spoke onstage with Special Olympics athletes at the 2017 ESPYS.


Michelle Obama honors the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver at ESPYS

Michelle Obama returned to the spotlight as a presenter at The ESPYS, drawing the loudest ovation at the awards show honoring the past year’s best athletes and moments in sports.


Please! Don’t kill off these ‘Game of Thrones’ characters

We know there will be death during season seven. But for the good of the show, “Game of Thrones” writers, let these five live.

Cobie Smulders, Keegan-Michael Key, Annie Parisse, Greg Germann, and Fred Savage in “Friends From College.”

TV Critic’s Corner

No benefits with ‘Friends From College’

A promising cast fizzzles in this Netflix ensemble comedy.

“War for the Planet of the Apes” opens Friday.

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Joe Scarborough (left) and Mika Brzezinski at Fenway Park in 2012.

Joe Scarborough: I’m done with the Republican Party

The MSNBC host, a former GOP congressman from Florida, decried the party’s tacit approval of President Trump.

Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling turned a podcast into a live show.

‘Crimetown’ brings cops and crooks to the Boston stage

A live performance of the popular podcast at the Wilbur will include a Whitey Bulger story that a former mob enforcer is saving for the Boston audience.

John Oliver on the set of his HBO show “Last Week Tonight.”

TV Criitic’s Corner

You’ll be hearing from John Oliver in ‘The Lion King’

In the live-action remake planned for 2019, he’ll play Zazu.

epa06032347 (FILE) - US President Donald J. Trump, left, shakes hands with James Comey, then director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 22 January 2017. President Trump on 16 June acknowledged that his firing of Comey as FBI director is a part of an investigation that includes potential obstruction of justice. EPA/Andrew Harrer / POOL

Fox News corrects story suggesting Comey released ‘top secret’ info

A supportive President Trump had retweeted the story after its original airing on Monday.

Angela Lansbury

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A ‘Little Women’ for the next generation

The BBC and PBS’s “Masterpiece” are teaming up for a three-episode miniseries.

Michelle Obama will celebrate Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s work with the Special Olympics.

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Michelle Obama to honor Eunice Kennedy Shriver at the ESPYs

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award will be presented to her posthumously.

FILE - In this June 20, 2017, file image taken from video, Meredith Salenger, left, and Patton Oswalt arrive at the premiere of AMC's

Patton Oswalt announces his engagement — and strikes back at critics

The comedian, who has publicly wrestled with grief over the sudden death of his wife last year, announced that he’s engaged.

FILE- In this Aug. 29, 2016 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question from the media in Trenton, N.J. Christie's week started with photos showing him lounging on a public beach closed by the state shutdown going viral across the globe. Next week doesn't promise the same kind of international response, but the term-limited Republican's name could be in the headlines again over the so-called Bridgegate scandal when his former aide is sentenced and the attorney who represented him during the scandal gets a Senate hearing to be the next FBI director. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Callers heckled Chris Christie as he hosted a New York sports radio show

The New Jersey governor was filling in for soon-to-depart Mike Francesa on WFAN.

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2016, file photo, Larry David arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. HBO has locked down October 1 to start a new season of the Larry David comedy

You can curb your skepticism: ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ to return Oct. 1

HBO has locked down Oct. 1 to start a new season of the Larry David comedy ‘‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’’

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was photographed lounging on a beach closed to the public.

Christie’s approval rating stays at 15 percent after beach photos

The survey found 86 percent of the 800 residents polled saw the photos of Chris Christie lounging on a beach closed to the public.

The word on Nantucket is that “Morning Joe” cohosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are house hunting.


Are Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski looking at houses on Nantucket?

We’re told that the couple, who announced their engagement in May, spent time over the July Fourth holiday looking at pricey real estate on the island.