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When ‘SNL’ goes on break, time to stock up on antacids

Until it returns with new episodes March 4, you’ll need to seek comic relief elsewhere to get through the daily news cycle.

Even as a novelist, Jake Tapper is all about politics

Plus four other takeaways from the week in TV.

Badmouth ‘Billions’? Not me.

Showtime’s overheated drama returns for a second season Sunday night.

‘Wicked Tuna’ returns for a sixth season

The first episode of the new season premieres on March 12.

Stern sued over airing call between IRS agent and Mass. taxpayer

Somehow, “The Howard Stern Show” received a confidential call between an IRS agent and a Sandwich woman, and they aired it.

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Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant in “Santa Clarita Diet.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Santa Clarita Diet’ isn’t everyone’s taste

I’ve heard radically opposed opinions about this Netflix cannibalism comedy.

Bernadette Peters (left), Paul Guilfoyle, and Christine Baranski in “The Good Fight.”

Television Review

‘The Good Fight’ a worthy successor to ‘The Good Wife’

The spinoff from Michelle and Robert King features the same twisty scripts and expert pacing as its predecessor.

TV Critic’s CORNER

Many have played JFK, but some haven’t acted presidential

Michael C. Hall is next on a long list of actors who’ve played the 35th president.

Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis in the FX series “Feud.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Will ‘Feud’ be great, or just a great big mess?

The show will follow the battle between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford on the set of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”

Grammy audience breaks out into ‘Sweet Caroline’

Were we watching the Grammy Awards or a Red Sox game?

Live updates from the 2017 Grammy Awards

Follow along with the fashion, performances, and awards at this year’s Grammys.

El Nacional mistakenly ran a photo of Alec Baldwin doing his impression of President Trump on ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ instead of Trump himself.

Dominican paper apologizes for using Alec Baldwin photo for Trump

Alec Baldwin does a pretty convincing Donald Trump impersonation — just ask a newspaper in the Dominican Republic.

‘SNL’ emits a sense of exhaustion with Trump in this week’s episode

In one sketch, Cecily Strong said to Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump: “I want one day without a CNN alert that scares the hell out of me.”

John Oliver on ‘‘Last Week Tonight,” left, and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”

With Oliver and Baldwin, late-night comedy rushes in to the Trump era

With John Oliver returning from a three-month hiatus and Alec Baldwin hosting ‘SNL,’ this is shaping up to be a big weekend for comedy.

Steve Bannon and Rosie O’Donnell

If it rankles Trump, Rosie is ready to be one of the boys

Rosie O’Donnell suggested she’d make a great Steve Bannon on “SNL.”

Adele will perform at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The Grammys 2017

Grammy night will pack plenty of star power

The list of performers ranges from Adele, Chance the Rapper, and Katy Perry to the Weeknd, Daft Punk, and Metallica.

Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett and Dan Stevens as David Haller in “Legion.”


You’re not hallucinating, ‘Legion’ is among new shows with unconventional storytelling

Trippy TV dramas — FX’s “Legion” is the newest example — are experimenting with unconventional approaches to storytelling.

TV Critic’s Corner

Idling ‘Idol’ may be staging a return to network TV

Other takeaways from the week in TV: “The Crown” casts its Kennedys, and Colbert surges.

“The LEGO Batman movie.”


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Channel 7 anchor/reporter Sarah French is leaving the station

And Boston altogether.

Henry Hampton recording “Eyes on the Prize’’ vocals in 1986.

Recalling ground-breaking documentary that reframed history of civil rights movement

On the 30th anniversary of “Eyes on the Prize’’ the story behind creator Henry Hampton’s achievement has been preserved in “True South,” a new book by Jon Else.

Tony Hale and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in HBO’s “Veep.’’

TV Critic’s Corner

When ‘Veep’ returns, will fake politics even be funny?

It’s anyone’s guess how the HBO satire will play this year, now that the political climate has become so charged.

Ricky Gervais reprises his character from “The Office” in the Netflix movie “David Brent: Life on the Road.”

Television Review

Ricky Gervais’s David Brent is free from the office, but stuck with himself

The Netflix movie “David Brent: Life on the Road” marks the return of a cringe-comedy icon.

Larry Wilmore hosted the event last year.

Calls emerge for a boycott of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner

The dinner faced criticism in recent years, as it has become a celebrity event where journalists hobnob with the government officials they’re supposed to objectively cover.

Charlie Rose.

CBS’s Charlie Rose to undergo heart surgery

CBS News morning host Charlie Rose says he’s undergoing heart surgery to replace a heart valve that was installed in 2005.

Richard Hatch in 2013.

Richard Hatch, who starred in ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ dies at 71

Hatch starred in the original television series and its reboot more than two decades later.

In a scene from “John Lewis — Get in the Way,” Nashville police officers carry the future civil rights icon away from a restaurant in 1962.

TV Critic’s Corner

In PBS doc, John Lewis’s actions speak loudly

A film that airs Friday comes in the wake of a Twitter attack on the Georgia congressman by President Trump.

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, left, and television personality Rosie O'Donnell.

Rosie O’Donnell ready to play Steve Bannon on ‘SNL’

O’Donnell ‘s offer comes on the heels of actress Melissa McCarthy’s caustic portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on “Saturday Night Live.”

The new ‘Iron Fist’ trailer gives a closer look at Marvel’s final Netflix Defender

Nope. Still no sign of a superhero suit ... yet.

Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein in National Geographic's “Genius.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A super-smart way to pique our interest in Einstein

The Super Bowl ads for the upcoming National Geographic series suggested a far more intriguing approach than a dutiful documentary.

Edie Falco will costar in “Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Brothers.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Edie Falco as Leslie Abramson? Sign me up.

It will be interesting to see what she makes of the controversial role in “Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Brothers.”

Other celebrity news

Super Bowl ratings

Fox drew an audience of 111.3 million viewers for the first Super Bowl to go into overtime.

Josh Thomas in “Please Like Me.”

TV Critic’s Corner

An easy-to-like comedy says goodbye

“Please Like Me” had an excellent run for four seasons.

Melissa McCarthy is an amped-up and hilarious Sean Spicer on ‘SNL’

McCarthy channeled an agitated and aggressive Spicer during a faux news conference on the show.

Comedian Josh Gondelman will donate $100 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund for every touchdown the Patriots score during Super Bowl LI.

Uneasy with Trump-Pats ties, comedian launches Super Bowl fund-raiser

Comedian Josh Gondelman vowed to donate $100 to the NAACP for every touchdown the Patriots score, with a $50 donation for every field goal.

Jude Law in HBO’s “The Young Pope.”


Searching for Trump in all that we see

Since the election, it’s as if TV series, as well as movies, books, and music, are revealing new facets of meaning.

Clockwise from right: Firesign Theatre members Peter Bergman, Phil Austin, Philip Proctor, and David Ossman in 1970.

Classic comedy album a Firesign of the times

A 1970 LP by the counter-culture comedy troupe has contemporary resonance.

Tamron Hall

TV Critic’s Corner

The Week in TV: Tamron Hall exits ‘Today’

Plus four other takeaways from the week in television.

Randy Harrison as the Emcee in “Cabaret.”


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From left: Donald Kerr, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Russell, and Dana Andrews in “The Best Years of Our Lives,’’ one of the award-winning offerings from TCM.

TV Critic’s Corner

This month, an Oscar-worthy performance from TCM

The network is presenting its annual month of Oscar winners, called “31 Days of Oscar.”

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant in “Santa Clarita Diet.”

Television review

Meat-cute comedy from Netflix’s ‘Santa Clarita Diet’

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant make a comedy about cannibalism more than palatable.

Jon Stewart with Stephen Colbert during his appearance Tuesday on “The Late Show.”

A recap of all of Jon Stewart’s ‘Late Show’ Trump moments

His visits to Stephen Colbert’s late-night show are always tied to Donald Trump.

Jon Stewart urges Democrats to stop Trump from going ‘full Palpatine’

If you thought Jon Stewart could resist commenting on the dizzying first days of the Donald Trump administration, you were mistaken.

President Donald Trump applauds as he stands with Judge Neil Gorsuch in East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, after announcing Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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As producer and star, Trump aims for prime-time drama

A president sorely in need of gravitas announced his Supreme Court nominee on live TV.

Corey Hawkins stars as a war hero who returns to the States in “24: Legacy.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Fox gives ‘24: Legacy’ the seat of honor

This Sunday, Fox is honoring the return of its “24” franchise by giving it the desirable post-Super Bowl slot.

Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

Mariah Carey and her backup dancer romance: Has any reality TV plot ever looked so scripted?

Here’s one unexpected perk of becoming a superstar: When you split with your billionaire fiancé, you can create an entire reality show that spins the breakup in your favor.