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Get ready for ‘Transparent,’ the musical

Show creator Jill Soloway is thinking “‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ mixed with ‘La La Land’ mixed with ‘Flight of the Conchords’ with something more Jewish thrown in.”

Could Jennifer Garner be part of an ‘Alias’ reboot?

HBO’s “Camping” is a comedy about a super-controlling woman played by Jennifer Garner and the camping trip she hosts. But talk of an “Alias” reboot got Garner’s attention.

‘Saturday Night Live’ takes on Trump-Kanye meeting

The show’s opening segment made light of last week’s White House gathering.

Roger Ailes movie stalls, but miniseries moves forward

Showtime’s still untitled eight-episode drama will star Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Seth MacFarlane, and Sienna Miller.

HBO’s ‘True Detective’ returns after three-year hiatus

This time around, the anthology series stars Mahershala Ali, who won an Oscar for “Moonlight,” and Stephen Dorff.

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In Amazon’s “Forever,” Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen play married couple living a cozy, predictable life in Southern California.


‘Forever,’ explained, admired, and spoiled

But my spoiler-averse nature has been challenged to its very core by Amazon’s lovely series. That ends now.

(L to R, Foreground): Lukas Haas, Ryan Gosling and Corey Stoll in FIRST MAN. On the heels of their six-time Academy Award-winning smash,

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The Weekender: Astronauts, divas, dancers, and dad jokes

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

Aaron Eckhart and Marthe Keller in the new Amazon show “The Romanoffs.”

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In Matthew Weiner’s ‘The Romanoffs,’ nobility in name only

Here is a breed of strange, unbearable people living in the shadow — knowingly or unconsciously — of their ancestors.

Matt Damon played Brett Kavanaugh on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.”

Ty Burr

‘Saturday Night’ lame?

At its rare political best, “SNL” can feel thrilling. But so much of it disappoints — and yet year after year, week after week, we tune in by reflex.

Vicki Lawrence and Martin Mull in “The Cool Kids.”

TV Critic’s Corner

The worst sitcom on TV? We have a winner!

Fox’s “The Cool Kids” is abominable, grating, crass, predictable, and lazy.

Brian Scalabrine, now a color analyst on NBC Sports Boston, was a fan favorite when he played for the Celtics from 2005 until 2010.

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Brian Scalabrine’s unlikely path from Celtics’ benchwarmer to broadcaster

The affable “Scal” was a fan favorite when he played for the team, and now he gets to run his mouth talking basketball as a broadcaster.

“This Will Only Hurt a Little” author Busy Philipps

TV Critic’s Corner

In memoir, Busy Philipps claims James Franco assaulted her on set of ‘Freaks and Geeks’

‘He threw me to the ground. Flat on my back. Wind knocked out of me,” she writes in “This Will Only Hurt a Little.”

Ike Barinholtz attends the world premiere of


Ike Barinholtz talks about his new political satire, ‘The Oath’

The new movie, which Barinholtz wrote, directed, produced, and starred in alongside Tiffany Haddish, follows a very trying, post-election Thanksgiving.

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks will run Fox’s public relations.

TV Critic’s Corner

Ex-White House aide Hope Hicks joining Fox

Hicks will be an executive vice president and chief communications officer at Fox News’ parent company.

‘SNL’ doesn’t mince words when it comes to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation

The show also addressed the unplanned speech Kanye West gave on last weekend’s “SNL” episode, in which the rapper professed his support for President Trump.

Wyatt Russell as Sean

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Nine shows you may have missed, but shouldn’t

“Lodge 49,” “Forever,” “Mr Inbetween” and six other series that stand out in a very crowded field.

Melania Trump (pictured Oct. 5 in Limuru, Kenya) will give her first sit-down interview as first lady on ABC’s “20/20.”

TV Critic’s Corner

ABC’s Melania Trump interview will be a first for the first lady

She will give her only sit-down interview since her husband was elected on “20/20” Oct. 12.

Awkwafina (pictured at an Atlanta screening of “Crazy Rich Asians” in August) hosts “Saturday Night Live” Oct. 6.

TV Critic’s Corner

Enjoying ‘SNL,’ disappointments and all

If “SNL” were completely worthless, people wouldn’t be invested in talking about its worthlessness for decades.

Matt Damon.


Matt Damon and Bill Simmons talked for almost 2 hours. Here’s what we learned

The local duo sure had a lot to talk about.


Greater Boston author readings October 7-13

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Alan Alda

TV Critic’s Corner

The award of a lifetime for Alan Alda

The versatile actor will to receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in January.

Marion 'Suge' Knight looks on at his sentencing in Los Angeles, California on October 4, 2018 where Knight was sentenced to 28 years in state prison for the fatal confrontation outside a Compton burger stand nearly four years ago. (Photo by David McNew / POOL / AFP)DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images


Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight sentenced to 28 years in prison

A judge on Thursday sentenced him for running down and killing a man.

Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is losing a squad member

Chelsea Peretti announced on Twitter she’ll be leaving the series sometime during season six.

6 takeaways from Ellie Kemper’s ‘My Squirrel Days’

The star of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and fan favorite from “The Office” shares charming essays that chronicle both her professional and personal life, from being a child to having one.

IFC’s Sloth will feature retro workout videos in January.

TV Critic’s Corner

IFC to launch Sloth, a streaming ‘slow TV channel’

“Throw it on in the background of your next party, or just sit back and zone out,” the network says.


Jimmy Kimmel mocks Matt Damon for ‘Saturday Night Live’ cameo as Brett Kavanaugh

“What a surprise that Matt Damon would have no other plans on a Saturday,” Kimmel said on Monday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Gisele Bundchen chatted with her husband Tom Brady earlier this year during Patriots’ training camp, as their children lingered in the background. Bundchen and Brady had two small marriage ceremonies, the supermodel reveals in her new book.


5 (very) personal things Gisele Bundchen reveals in her new book

The supermodel writes about her panic attacks, breast enhancements, odd home remedies, and other issues in “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life.”

Cristin Milioti in an episode from the fourth season of “Black Mirror.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Is Netflix going to ruin ‘Black Mirror’?

In one upcoming episode, we will be given the chance to select among alternative scenarios. The episode will develop according to our choices.

Donald Trump Jr.

Trump Jr. says sexual assault claims make him more scared for his sons than for his daughters

The statement seemed to express greater concern for people who are accused of sexual assault than for the victims of sexual assault.

Gisele Bundchen.


Gisele gets personal in new ‘Good Morning America’ interview

In an exclusive interview Tuesday with anchor Robin Roberts, the supermodel talks about family, fame, and her new book, “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life.”

Boston’s image of being a racist city called out (again) in ‘SNL’ skit

Boston received yet another jab for its complicated history with race during a “Saturday Night Live” sketch this weekend. (Vermont didn’t escape unscathed, either.)

President Trump at an Oval Office meeting prior to Hurricane Florence making landfall. Some of his comments in the storm’s aftermath will appear in “Whose Boat Is This Boat?

TV Critic’s Corner

Trump’s quotes inspire Stephen Colbert to write a book to benefit hurricane relief efforts

“Whose Boat Is This Boat” is a picture book whose text is made up entirely of quotes delivered by the president in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

Joe Regalbuto, Candice Bergen, and Faith Ford in “Murphy Brown.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Did Kavanaugh analysis cut into ‘Murphy Brown’ ratings?

Cable news channels’ ratings spiked some 77 percent Thursday night.

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What’s in a name? For TV shows, a lot.

It’s a tricky art, coming up with the right title for a series, especially when it is released alongside so many others in the peak season of the Peak TV era.

Maggie Smith is on a long list of returning cast members.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Downton Abbey’ movie updates include a new cast member

Max Brown, from “The Royals” and “The Tudors,” has just joined up.

FILE - In this May 27, 2018 file photo, Bruno Mars performs at the Bottle Rock Napa Valley Music Festival at Napa Valley Expo in Napa, Calif. Cardi B may have backed out of the Bruno Mars tour, but he's found four other acts to hit the road with him. Mars announced Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, that Boyz II Men, Charlie Wilson, Ciara and

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The Weekender: Bruno Mars, Sherlock Holmes, Winnie-the-Pooh — and Tigger, too

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

From left: Joe Regalbuto, Candice Bergen, and Faith Ford return in the revival of “Murphy Brown.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A tired ‘Murphy Brown’ returns to take on Trump

So many of the jokes have already made the rounds on social media, probably months or even years ago.

“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi in Boston in 2017.

Padma Lakshmi didn’t disclose harrowing sexual abuse incidents until Trump’s tweet

Lakshmi said she was raped on New Year’s eve at the age of 16 when she was still a virgin, by the 23-year-old man she was dating.

The case of Steven Avery is picked up in 10 new episodes.

TV Critic’s Corner

When ‘Making a Murderer’ returns next month: Will he be exonerated?

Netflix is bringing the series back for a second set of 10 episodes, in which Steven Avery’s post-conviction lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, works to prove that Avery was wrongly convicted.

Oprah Winfrey


Oprah to speak at UMass Lowell to raise money for scholarships

A Conversation With Oprah Winfrey will be moderated by UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney Nov. 15.

Susan Kelechi Watson and Sterling K. Brown in “This Is Us.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A look ahead at the third season of ‘This Is Us’

Get your juggling skills up to speed: New episodes will include a regular future timeline, which we saw in last season’s finale, along with the current and past eras of the family.

Quincy Jones

TV Critic’s Corner

On BET and Netflix, singing the praises of Quincy Jones

BET will air a concert marking the music icon’s 85th birthday, and Netflix has a new documentary out.

A screen capture of the SunSetter Retractable Awnings commercial, which has been airing nationally every spring and summer for 14 years.


How a small company in Malden created the Greatest TV Commercial Ever Made

It did not involve Clydesdales or polar bears or Michael Jordan. It’s an ad for retractable awnings. And it has been seen hundreds of millions of times.

Karen Holmes Ward embraces Bill Fine, president and GM of Channel 5 after he gave her introduction at the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame at the Boston Marriot in Quincy on Thursday.


Ten broadcasters inducted into Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Among the inductees were Emmy Award winners, radio deejays, and reporters.

Chris Evans will also executive produce “Defending Jacob.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Chris Evans to star in Boston-centric miniseries ‘Defending Jacob’

The series will be an adaptation of the novel by Boston author William Landay.

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Chris Evans to star in new thriller series based on local author’s book

The author, William Landay, is a former assistant district attorney.