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This week in watching: Rob Lowe reality check, a Marcia Clark legal drama, and what to expect when Amy Schumer is expecting

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week in TV.

John Oliver talks with Monica Lewinsky about public shaming

The comedian tackled the good and the bad of Internet pile-ons with help from one of the most famous targets of negative public attention.

Season 2 of ‘The Kominsky Method’ brings a Michael Douglas-Kathleen Turner reunion

Douglas’s “Romancing the Stone,” “The Jewel of the Nile,” and “The War of the Roses” costar joins the Golden Globe-winning comedy series to play his character’s ex-wife.

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to lying about attack

The “Empire” actor is accused of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago a few weeks ago.

College-admission scandal lesson: Just because celebrities have great images doesn’t mean they’re actually great people

In light of the college admissions scam and so many other recent scandals, it’s time to remember what we already know.

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‘I’m in such a great place:’ Ben Affleck discusses recovery with Ellen DeGeneres

The Cambridge native also talked about his new movie “Triple Frontier,” his back tattoo, and why he’s been wearing a Dodgers hat.

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the 5th annual People Magazine

Lori Loughlin loses starring roles on Hallmark Channel

The company initially took a wait-and-see approach after a federal investigation of the scam involving more than 30 parents was revealed.

Emilia Clarke in season seven of “Game of Thrones.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Game of Thrones’ final-season runtimes are out

The last six episodes include three that are an hour or less.

Cassie Randolph, left, and Colton Underwood from the reality series

Colton Underwood of ‘The Bachelor’ ends up chasing a contestant

This season of “The Bachelor” may have begun with 30 women competing for Colton Underwood’s heart, but the season was turned upside down near its end.

Aidy Bryant stars in “Shrill.”

Television Review

In Hulu’s ‘Shrill,’ Aidy Bryant does a body good

As a writer named Annie, she is happy with her body and begins to realize it’s not her problem if others are not.

Maria Menounos arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)


Maria Menounos keeps the focus on wellness after health scare

Since being diagnosed with a brain tumor and having it removed in 2017, the media personality and Medford native has been candid about the importance of health and wellness.

John Varvatos (pictured in LA earlier this month with his wife, Joyce) is introducing an “exclusive menswear capsule collection” that ties in with “Game of Thrones.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A ‘Game of Thrones’ fashion statement from John Varvatos

The designer is introducing an “exclusive menswear capsule collection” that ties in with the HBO epic, whose eighth and final season premieres on April 14.

The Story Behind the Book

How a high schooler’s obsession became a biography

Holly Van Leuven’s “Ray Bolger” is the first biography of the legendary Boston native.

Boston Bruins’ Derek Sanderson (17), and Minnesota North Stars’ Lou Nanne (23), battle for puck in second period of their National Hockey League game on Thursday, Dec. 14, 1973 at Boston Garden. Boston won the game 4-2. (AP Photo) -- 1125sanderson


A movie about Bruins legend Derek Sanderson is in the works

A member of the “Big Bad Bruins” will be portrayed on the big-screen in “Turk.”

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 06: (L-R) J.C. Chandor, Charlie Hunnam, Ben Affleck, Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac attend Triple Frontier European Special Screening at Callao Cinema on March 6, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Samuel de Roman/Getty Images for Netflix)


J.C. Chandor on ‘Triple Frontier’ and working with Ben Affleck

The writer-director spoke about his biggest film to date, now streaming on Netflix.

FILE - In this April 14, 2018 file photo, Howard Stern speaks at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland. The shock jock’s “Howard Stern Comes Again” will be published May 14, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. It’s his first book in more than 20 years, and was No. 1 on within hours of its announcement. Stern’s previous books, “Private Parts” and “Miss America,” both spent months on The New York Times’ bestseller list. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)


Howard Stern soars to No. 1 on Amazon bestseller list; new book out this May

The shock jock’s ‘‘Howard Stern Comes Again’’ will be published May 14, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday.

Author and filmmaker James McBride will executive-produce a Showtime adaptation of his National Book Award-winning novel “The Good Lord Bird.”


James McBride’s ‘The Good Lord Bird’ takes flight at Showtime, with Ethan Hawke starring

The National Book Award winner (and former Globe staffer) will executive-produce this adaptation of his 2013 novel.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 29: Chef Samin Nosrat of 'Salt, Fat, Acid Heat' attends Netflix TCA 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Netflix)


Samin Nosrat of ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’ fame is coming to Boston

The Emerson Colonial Theatre announced Monday that the chef will be in town for a conversation and book signing on May 1. Tickets go on sale March 15.

Will Arnett (left) and Jason Bateman from the Netflix revival of


This week in watching: The fall of ‘Arrested Development,’ the return of ‘Billions,’ and the power of punk

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week ahead in television.

Actor Jussie Smollett departed a Chicago jail last month.


For Jussie Smollett, 1 story equals 16 felony counts

There are some explanations as to how the grand jury could have arrived at eight counts for the actor’s comments to a police officer and eight others for what he told a detective.

Mr. Vincent’s breakout role was in “The Winds of War.”

‘Airwolf’ actor Jan-Michael Vincent dies

Mr. Vincent was a golden boy of Hollywood action films before starring in the TV series in the 1980s.

John Mayer will be one of the producers of the drama, which follows siblings who learn as adults that they are related.

TV Critic’s Corner

John Mayer song ‘Heart of Life’ inspires an ABC pilot

It’s not clear exactly how the story connects to Mayer’s lyrics, which are about how life throws bad things at you but life is beautiful nonetheless.

This image released by Disney-Marvel Studios shows Brie Larson in a scene from

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Captain Marvel,’ Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, and other heroes

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

Stilt walkers at the 2018 South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, March 11-17

A jazz concert, a comic book extravaganza, Southie’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and more.

Talking Points | Larry Edelman

Michael Jackson’s Leon Kompowsky is expunged from ‘The Simpsons’ archive

The 1991 episode guest starring Jackson is being pulled after HBO aired a documentary featuring two men who allege the singer molested them as children.

A more recent episode of “The Simpsons” saw the TV family confronted with past versions of themselves.

‘Simpsons’ producers pull iconic Michael Jackson episode

In the 1991 episode ‘‘Stark Raving Dad’’ episode, Michael Jackson voiced a character who claims to be Jackson and who meets Homer Simpson in a mental institution.

Ricky Gervais and Penelope Wilton in the Netflix series “After Life.”


When one is the loneliest number

TV’s depictions of widowhood can vary widely, but Ricky Gervais’s new Netflix series, “After Life,” is among those that attempt to burrow deeply into grief.

R. Kelly gestures while being interviewed in his apartment by CBS’s Gayle King.

TV Critic’s Corner

CBS to air more clips from interview of R. Kelly

“The Gayle King Interview With R. Kelly” will include portions of the 80-minute talk that have not yet aired.

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‘Supernatural’ actors Jared and Genevieve Padalecki hit their Boston Marathon fund-raising goal

The married couple announced in January that they would be running the April 15 marathon, and that they would be part of a fund-raising team for Dream Big!.

An image of Bill Monroe circa 1958 from Ken Burns’s “Country Music”

With ‘Country Music,’ Ken Burns tunes into a sound that is uniquely American

The documentary filmmaker discusses the artists and inspiration behind his latest project, an eight-part series that premieres on PBS in September.

Ty Burr

Thinking about cord-cutting II: I did it — and I’ve found out even more

Even with a few more complications factored in, the savings are considerable.

Helene Yorke and Drew Tarver in “The Other Two”

TV Critic’s Corner

A closer look at three sharp sitcoms on Comedy Central

“The Other Two” is in season one, “Corporate” is in season two, and “Broad City” is in its final season.

Emerald Waterways’s “Danube Delights with Mary Berry” tour stopped at various points along the Danube River, including Melk, Austria.

Go Girl

All aboard with a British baking star

Does this sound like a dandy girlfriend’s getaway? For sure.

Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere in TV’s “Nashville.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A Broadway ‘Nashville’ is in the works

The stage version of the TV show will feature new storylines and new music written by both “Nashville” and Broadway songwriters.

Actors Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in a scene from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

‘Game of Thrones’ finally dropped a Season 8 trailer, and fans are loving it

The hugely popular HBO show “Game of Thrones” finally dropped a trailer for its eighth and final season on Tuesday, racking up millions of views as fans reacted with unbridled enthusiasm.

Bill Hader as Stefon (left) with Seth Meyers on “Saturday Night Live.”

TV Critic’s Corner

The Stefon movie that might have been

The “Saturday Night Live” character was the subject of an episode of the “Late Night With Seth Meyers Podcast.”

Luke Perry, shown in 2010, broke through on “Beverly Hills 90210” but also made a deep impression in the prison drama “Oz.”


Luke Perry’s breakthrough as a teen rebel was only the beginning

Perry’s career arc from “Beverly Hills 90210” to “Riverdale” was perfect — as Dylan McKay, the lost son, evolved into Fred Andrews, the loyal father.

Television writer/producer/director Brad Falchuk, left, and his wife, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, speak during a ceremony awarding screenwriter/television producer/director Ryan Murphy with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. Paltrow was a cast member in Murphy's television series

On his birthday, Gwyneth Paltrow tells husband Brad Falchuk that he is ‘the gift’

Paltrow and the Newton native wed in a 70-person ceremony in Amagansett, N.Y. this past September.

Immediately following the conclusion of the HBO Michael Jackson documentary “Leaving Neverland,” Oprah Winfrey hosts a program featuring accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck.


The week in TV: Oprah’s here for you, Stefon is not, and Comedy Central is on a roll

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week ahead in television.

Ms. Helmond kept working into her 80s, doing mostly voice work, most notably in the Pixar ‘‘Cars’’ films.

Katherine Helmond, ‘Who’s the Boss?’ and ‘Soap’ actress, dies at 89

The Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress played two very different matriarchs on the ABC sitcoms.

Damian Lewis stars in “Billions” and will host “Spy Wars.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Season 4 of ‘Billions’ sounds crazy and juicy

This time around, according to Showtime, Damian Lewis’s Axe and Paul Giamatti’s Chuck will form an uneasy alliance in order to eradicate all of their rivals.

A scene from HBO’s documentary “Leaving Neverland.”

Television review

Michael Jackson documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ is riveting, shattering

The film, airing on HBO, alleges that Jackson strategically groomed boys, seduced their parents into submission with elaborate trips and money, and sexually abused the boys for years. Full of agonizing detail, it will change forever the way I hear Jackson’s music.

In this courtroom sketch, Lizzie Borden faints after a prosecutor produced a black bag containing the skulls of her parents, which were going to be presented as evidence during the trial. The image was printed on page one of the Wednesday June 7, 1893 edition of the Globe.

book review

Will we ever know who killed the Bordens?

Cara Robertson offers fresh facts and insights to Lizzie’s case, if not a final solution.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 05: Martha Stewart speaks onstage at American Magazine Media Conference 2019 on February 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for MPA The Association of Magazine Media)


Martha Stewart partners with Canadian cannabis firm

The domestic diva said Thursday she is partnering with Canopy Growth Corp. to develop new products that contain non-psychoactive CBD and other hemp-derived cannabinoids.

Ray Liotta with Lorraine Bracco in “Goodfellas.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Ray Liotta joins the cast of ‘The Many Saints of Newark’

The film is a prequel to “The Sopranos,” the HBO series whose cast boasted many of Liotta’s “Goodfellas” castmates.

Jeremy Irons and Helen Mirren in HBO’s two-part production “Elizabeth I.”


It’s a dry time, and you know you need your royal drama fix. Try these

I’m sad to see PBS’s “Victoria” finishing up its third season on Sunday night, my weekly dose of pageantry gone for a year.