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Anatomy of a hate-watch

Awards shows have become ubiquitous to the point where we are never not in the middle of awards season.

Whether it’s improv, ‘Mad Men,’ or Cheetos ads, Joel Murray has enjoyed it all

The actor and star of “Whose Live Anyway” talks brother Bill, Chris Farley, “Mad Men,” and voicing Chester the Cheetah.

Late night hosts have first debate covered

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” is the latest to announce live episodes following both nights of the first Democratic debate.

Some series worth catching up with

There are no exciting new shows this week.

This week in TV: Hate-watching awards shows, more ‘Das Boot,’ and where to find the good stuff

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

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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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A ‘Downton Abbey’ experience arrives in Boston

The Castle at Park Plaza is hosting an exhibition of sets, costumes, and props from the hit PBS series through September.

Lena Dunham became a break-out star on HBO’s “Girls.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Lena Dunham joins HBO’s drama ‘Industry’

Dunham is joining the series as an executive producer and director.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 29: The Netflix logo is displayed at Netflix offices on Sunset Boulevard on May 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the company will reconsider their 'entire investment' in Georgia if a strict new abortion law is not overturned in the state. According to state data, the film industry in Georgia contributed $2.7 billion in direct spending while supporting 92,000 local jobs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Netflix’s first Arabic original causes controversy in Jordan

Netflix’s first Arabic original series, the supernatural teen drama “Jinn,” debuted with much fanfare but sparked uproar in Jordan, where it is set.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in a scene from the second season of Amazon’s “Fleabag.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

The eyes have it in ‘Fleabag’

I’m thanking my lucky stars for Phoebe Waller-Bridge these days. She has delivered some of the best-written television of the past three years.

David Letterman promoted “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” at a Netflix event last month.

TV Critic’s Corner

For David Letterman, there’s a lot to like about late night

The longtime late-night host told the Hollywood Reporter what he thinks of the current crop.

Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and Agent M (Tessa Thompson) in Columbia Pictures' MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL.

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The Weekender: ‘Men in Black,’ ‘City on a Hill,’ and dad jokes galore

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

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler speak onstage at the Netflix


Netflix renews ‘Russian Doll’ for second season

Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland co-created the acclaimed Netflix series with Natasha Lyonne.

“Seinfeld” cast members Michael Richards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jason Alexander.

TV Critic’s Corner

Marking the 30th anniversary of the ‘Seinfeld’ premiere

Articles will be written, Twitter will sport yada-yada memes, and TV will give us a marathon. On July 5, TBS will feature “Bestivus,” airing what the channel has deemed the 30 best episodes.

Little Fires Everywhere -- Based on Celeste NgÕs 2017 bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood Ð and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster. Mia Warren (Kerry Washington) and Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon), shown. (Photo by: Erin Simkin/Hulu)


Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon post a first look at ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ 

The upcoming Hulu series is based on the book by Cambridge author Celeste Ng.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 20, 2018 two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor of Ireland arrives for a press conference at Radio City Music Hall in New York to announce his mixed martial arts match against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia. - Mixed martial star Conor McGregor said on March 25, 2019 he had retired from the sport, vowing to hang up his gloves for the second time in three years. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images


Conor McGregor challenges Mark Wahlberg to a fight — again

Once again, Wahlberg seems to be happily ignoring McGregor’s taunts.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 26: Chef Jose Andres smiles during a reception where he was presented with a ceremonial key to the Las Vegas Strip to recognize his contributions to the Las Vegas culinary scene as well as for his philanthropic and humanitarian efforts at his restaurant, Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres, at SLS Las Vegas Hotel on April 26, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Andres, the founder of the nonprofit organization World Central Kitchen, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) for his efforts in feeding victims after natural disasters including wildfires, floods and in particular, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

José Andrés learned English by watching Julia Child. Now he’s getting an award in her name

Andrés will be the 2019 recipient of the Julia Child Award, to be presented in November at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where Child’s Cambridge kitchen is an attraction.

HBO ending its nightly newscast produced by Vice Media

HBO says it is ending its weeknight newscast produced by Vice Media, concluding a seven-year partnership with the media company.

Geena Davis in Season 3 of Netflix's 'GLOW'


Geena Davis will guest star in ‘GLOW’ Season 3

The streaming giant announced the casting news on Monday and offered fans a first look at Davis’s character, Sandy Devereaux St. Clair.

CULVER CITY, CA - MARCH 16: Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski arrive at 'The Office' series finale wrap party at Unici Casa Gallery on March 16, 2013 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)


John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer are in a Twitter war over the Stanley Cup Final

“Let me tell you something,” Fischer said during Game 6, “this feud has been going on for a long time between us.”

Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in NBC’s “The Good Place,” which will end after next season.


Week in watching: ‘Good Place’ ending in a good place, crime with a Boston accent, the games people play

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television this week.


The ‘Jeopardy’ contestant who beat James Holzhauer has lost. Meet the Cambridge man who defeated her

“I’m in this weird position where the first time I saw James Holzhauer play ‘Jeopardy!,’ he lost.”

Alec Baldwin has impersonated Donald Trump on many skits on “Saturday Night Live.”

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Alec Baldwin is ready to dump ‘SNL’ Trump role

The actor says that he’s ready to turn the gig over to someone else, despite having won an Emmy for it.

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Dancing on iTunes’ grave

The app turned the simple joys of blithely browsing through and adding to one’s music collection into something more like a sequence of tiny tortures. 

Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson in “Sex Education.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

These performances didn’t get a lot of hype, but they are worthy of Emmy attention

They aren’t obvious choices, but the likes of D’Arcy Carden, Ben Sinclair, the stars of “Pose,” and many others did stellar work.

Kim Dickens at a “Deadwood” premiere. She is joining the cast of a drama coming to USA.

TV Critic’s Corner

Kim Dickens headed for ‘Briarpatch’ drama on USA

The actress from “Deadwood” and “Treme” will play a police chief.

Best known for playing the lead role, Meredith Grey, in the ABC Network drama series,


Ellen Pompeo talks ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and helping to change ‘toxic’ culture issues on the set

In a Variety interview with actress Taraji P. Henson, Ellen Pompeo discussed the show’s early workplace challenges.

Laura Linney (left) and Olympia Dukakis in “Tales of the City.”

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Back at 28 Barbary Lane, with more tales to tell

With old characters and some new ones, Netflix brings back “Tales of the City” for 10 episodes.

Meryl Streep (right, with Nicole Kidman) joins the cast of “Big Little Lies” in season two.

Television review

‘Big Little Lies’ doubles down on the deceits of the 1 percent

The story continues, with the addition of Meryl Streep to the cast as a woman determined to uncover the secret surrounding her son’s death.

Lee Daniels has always wanted to tell the story of Sammy Davis Jr. (shown in 1967).

TV Critic’s Corner

Daniels to develop Sammy Davis Jr. miniseries

Lee Daniels, creator of “Empire” and “Star,” has been passionate about wanting to do Davis’s story for years.


This Boston couple just donated $15 million to ‘help create the next Ken Burns’

Part of the $15 million will also help fund four of Ken Burns’s upcoming films: “The American Revolution,” “America and the Holocaust,” “LBJ & the Great Society,” and “Benjamin Franklin.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 30: Mindy Kaling attends the premiere of Amazon Studio's


Mindy Kaling says her work ethic came from watching her dad commute from Boston to New Haven

And you thought your morning drive was bad.

The researchers from Queen Mary University of London looked at the careers of 1,512,472 actors and 896,029 actresses around the world from 1888, when the first film was made, up to 2016, the university said.

Is your favorite actor past his or her prime? Mathematicians have developed a way to find out

Mathematicians delved into IMDb, the Internet database of all things related to movies and TV programs, in an effort to predict when actors’ careers have peaked or are on the decline.


‘The Bachelorette’ went to Boston and Rhode Island on Monday’s episode. Here’s what happened.

“Bachelorette” Hannah Brown even snagged relationship advice from the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown.



Ann Landers’ daughter reboots mother’s famous column

Margo Howard, the daughter of the late Ann Landers is rebooting her mother’s famous advice column.

01-20-19: Kansas City, MO: New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) signals a first down in the first quarter. The New England Patriots visited the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. (Jim Davis /Globe Staff)

Showtime to air documentary on Julian Edelman

The documentary will air June 28 and focuses on Edelman’s underdog journey, with an emphasis on his recent seasons.

James Holzhauer.

James Holzhauer finally dethroned on ‘Jeopardy!’

Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher ended Holzhauer’s reign in his 33rd game, leaving him $58,484 shy of Ken Jenning’s all-time winnings record.

“Big Little Lies” returns for a second seaon on HBO, with (from left) Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern.


This week in TV: ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Black Mirror,’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ return

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television his week.

Kumail Nanjiani and Martin Starr in HBO’s “Silicon Valley.”

TV Critic’s Corner

For ‘Silicon Valley,’ the end will come quickly

The HBO show’s sixth and final season will be a shortie — only seven episodes.

Fort Myers, FL 2/19/2018: At the same time that Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner (not pictured) were taking questions from the media, a short distance away, team CEO Sam Kennedy (left) was engaging in a conversation with WEEI morning drive talk show hosts Kirk Minihane (second from right) and Gerry Callahan (far right), as well as an unidentified man (second from left). The first full squad workout of Spring Training for the Red Sox was today at the Player Development Complex at Jet Blue Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Kirk Minihane announces that he has a new job

The former WEEI morning show co-host will join Barstool Sports.

A scene from the first episode of the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl.”


Some of TV’s best shows are drawing inspiration from the news

With “Chernobyl,” “When They See Us,” “Escape at Dannemora” and other recent shows, we’re in a rich era of scripted nonfiction.

Viola Davis at the NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., in March.

TV Critic’s Corner

Viola Davis is bringing ‘In a Man’s World’ to Bravo

The idea is that four women will change into men for a few days.

Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, and Millie Bobby Brown in the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” which is currently filming in Georgia.

Ty Burr

With abortion law and possible boycott, Georgia is on studios’ minds

Will Hollywood remove film production from Atlanta?

From left, Ciara, Kevin Love, and Joanna and Chip Gaines. (Noam Galai/Getty Images for SiriusXM, Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Child Mind Institute, and Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)


These celebrities are all taking the same Harvard class right now

School is in session for some famous faces.

Dorchester 04/18/18 Mark Wahlberg arrives at his new Wahlburgers food truck at the South Bay Center. Donnie, Paul, Bob and Alma Wahlberg with CEO Rick Vanzura held a ribbon-cutting to unveil their new Wahlburgers food truck in Dorchester South Bay Center. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(lifestyle)

Bruins fans gave Donnie Wahlberg flak for his poorly timed ‘Wahlburgers’ tweet

“Hope you guys are watching #Wahlburgers on @AETV!” Wahlberg tweeted Wednesday at 9:10 p.m.

tech nomad

Got 5 minutes? Your next streaming service could be bite-size

Quibi may not conjure visions of an emerging media colossus, but Hollywood and tech heavyweights think this shortform platform could be the future.

Timothy Olyphant (second from left), John Hawkes (right) in “Deadwood: The Movie.”

Television review

A poignant return and farewell to ‘Deadwood’

The HBO movie is stocked up with expletives, booze, mud, blood, and hungry hogs, just as you might hope.