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“American Crime Story” is thinking Monica Lewinsky thoughts, “Will & Grace” is indeed returning to NBC, plus three more takeaways from the week in TV.

Dan Savage’s advice and advocacy span relationships, politics, activism

The “Savage Love” columnist and podcaster arrives in Boston for a show at the Wilbur at what he considers a precarious moment in the nation’s history.

Miguel Ferrer, 61, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ star

Mr. Ferrer brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’s hit and, before that, to NBC crime drama “Crossing Jordan.”

Why O.J. won’t go away

A documentary commissioned for television is good enough for the movies — and public debate.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ star Miguel Ferrer dies at 61

 Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” has died.

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Michael Keaton in “The Founder.”


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Nia Long (left) and Idina Menzel costar in a Lifetime remake of the 1988 movie “Beaches.”

Television review

Cry me an ocean: The remake of ‘Beaches’ overflows with melodrama

There aren’t any ennobling gusts of inspiration lurking beneath the Lifetime movie’s wings.

On Inauguration Day, you can vote Knope

While the presidency changes hands in Washington, Esquire TV will rebroadcast all of season four of “Parks and Recreation.”

Cast members from the comedy series

It’s official: ‘Will & Grace’ is making a comeback

“Will & Grace” will have a 10-episode revival set for 2017-18 season.

Maine Governor Paul LePage.


Was Paul LePage’s comment lifted from an HBO show?

Before Paul LePage said African Americans should thank Republicans for freeing slaves, comedian David Cross did, on HBO’s “Mr. Show.”

Jason Momoa (right, with Landon Liboiron) plays a former Hudson Bay Company employee fighting over the 18th-century fur trade in “Frontier.”

Television review

In Netflix’s ‘Frontier,’ nasty men carry knives, and the fur flies

The new series stars Jason Momoa — Khal Drogo from “Game of Thrones” — in a violent drama about the fur trade in 18th-century Canada.

Jude Law in “The Young Pope.”

TV Critic’s Corner

About that comparison between ‘The Young Pope’ and Trump

Every TV show right now, from “The Crown” to “Bull,” seems to be open to a Trump-related interpretation.

Mr. Gautier, performing as Conrad Birdie in “Bye Bye Birdie” at Boston’s Shubert Theater. The play won a Tony Award for best musical and Mr. Gautier earned a nomination.

Dick Gautier, 85; comic actor, Tony Award nominee

For more than 50 years Mr. Gautier was primarily a scene-stealing supporting player on sitcoms.

TV Critic’s Corner

In praise of Margo Martindale

The actress is currently bringing pleasure as the grandmother on “Sneaky Pete.”

Chuck Lorre

TV Critic’s Corner

Chuck Lorre urges Julian Assange: Hack Trump

The sitcom producer’s most recent episode-ending vanity card was a lighthearted open letter to the Wikileaks founder.

Elizabeth Tinker and Noah Smalls installed an exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia last week. The American Friends Service Committee is celebrating 100 years of activism with an exhibit called

Quaker group marks centennial with art exhibit

The exhibit showcases the group’s accomplishments and also shows that work remains to be done.

Jon Hamm (pictured in Los Angeles in December) is the pitchman for H&R Block.

TV Critic’s Corner

How do you save your business? Jon Hamm.

In 2015, Donald Trump said he’d “put H&R Block out of business.” Now the company is using the “Mad Men” actor as its spokesman.

Joseph Fiennes.

UK’s Sky scraps show with Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson

A British broadcaster said Friday it was canceling a TV comedy starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson after the program was condemned by the late musician’s family.

WGBH to launch a 24-hour channel devoted to kids

The new channel, which starts Monday, will feature programs from WGBH’s extensive library.

Evan Peters in a scene from the fifth season of “American Horror Story.”

The week in TV

A ‘Horror’ show, for three more seasons

FX rewards “American Horror Story,” but good news eludes “Good Girls Revolt.”

Jenna Coleman (far left, with Daniela Holtz) stars in “Victoria.”


Miss ‘Downton Abbey’? PBS’s ‘Victoria’ might fill that void.

You might think of the new “Masterpiece” series, based on the story of Queen Victoria, as “Crownton Abbey.”

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, left, and Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway during their 25-minute televised confrontation on Thursday.

CNN at war with Trump over what its reporting unleashed

A week before the inauguration, CNN is at war with an incoming president, not necessarily for what it reported but for what its reporting unleashed.

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Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson from “black-ish.”

Why ‘black-ish’ — a regular sitcom — did a Trump episode

It’s not the first time the show has ventured into polarizing territory.

Jude Law plays the first American pontiff — Pius XIII — in HBO’s “The Young Pope.”

Television review

‘The Young Pope’ presents a pontiff unlike any we’ve ever seen

HBO’s darkly comic drama — starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton — is marked by originality and power plays.

Louis Hynes and Neil Patrick Harris in “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

Television Review

Fortunately, Netflix’s ‘Lemony Snicket’ is a hoot

The series is a big improvement over the 2004 film adaptation starring Jim Carrey.

Claire Danes stars as Carrie in “Homeland,” which returns for a sixth season on Showtime.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Homeland’ is back. Are you?

The Showtime series returns Sunday for season six, but have we seen it all before?

President Barack Obama waved after the conclusion of his farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night.

Obama’s not slipping away quietly from presidency

Besides his farewell address to the nation Tuesday night, President Obama has been on a media blitz during his final weeks in office.

Phil Lipof (second from right) with his “NBC Boston Tonight” colleagues (from left) Raul Martinez, Shannon Mulaire, and Pete Bouchard.


Local TV news colleagues turned competitors engage in e-mail battle

Check out the entertaining exchange between longtime WCVB-TV cameraman Stan Forman and Phil Lipof, who recently left the station to take a job at NBC Boston.

Joseph Fiennes, as he normally looks.

British TV trailer shows Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson

The casting of Fiennes, who is white, as Jackson was criticized when it was announced.

Seth Meyers grills Kellyanne Conway on alleged Trump intelligence briefing

News of an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising information about the president-elect broke shortly before Conway’s interview.

Giovanni Ribisi and Marin Ireland star in Amazon’s new streaming series “Sneaky Pete.”


New Amazon show ‘Sneaky Pete’ is a fun ride

Giovanni Ribisi stars as a con man who assumes his cellmate’s identity when he gets out of jail.

Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok in “Vikings.”

TV Critic’s Corner

About that ‘Vikings’ plot twist

It caught me off guard, but it makes me respect the show even more.

An image from ‘Gronkowsbees.’

Prepare for a Rob Gronkowski cameo on ‘Family Guy’

Gronk is moving to Quahog, R.I.


Ben Affleck jokingly complains about Casey not thanking him at Golden Globes

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s show Monday, Ben, in mock outrage, said he was “a little taken aback” that Casey didn’t give him a shout-out from the stage.

Conan O'Brien’s late-night show is going down to once a week.


Will ‘Conan’ only be on once a week?

What’s the deal with Conan O’Brien’s show? Is it being downsized or not?

Claire Foy and Matt Smith in “The Crown.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Time to check out ‘The Crown’

The show’s Golden Globe wins are an opportunity to check out the first season of the series.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Meryl Streep, recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, poses in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Meryl Streep gets political in her Golden Globes speech

“When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose,” Streep said as she railed against the president-elect.

‘La La Land’ wins big, but Streep stars

The musical set a new record for Golden Globe wins with seven.

‘La La Land’ wins big, but Streep stars

The musical set a new record for Golden Globe wins with seven.

Casey Affleck won the Golden Globe for actor in a motion picture drama for his role in

Golden Globes

Casey Affleck gets Golden Globe for best actor, thanks his kids and Matt Damon

The Cambridge-bred actor stars in “Manchester by the Sea.”

Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell at the Golden Globe Awards.

Golden Globes

The Golden Globes dream team: Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig

After their hilarious skit before presenting, some were clamoring for a Carell-Wiig double bill for next year’s awards.

epa05706107 Ryan Gosling arrives for the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, USA, 08 January 2017.

Full list of Golden Globe winners

“La La Land,” “Moonlight,” and “The Crown” were among the big winners at this year’s Golden Globe Awards.

Golden Globes honor Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

The ceremony included a brief video montage of the mother-daughter duo, and Meryl Streep shared some of Fisher’s words while on stage.

Scenes from “Hidden Figures” (left) and “Fences.”

‘Hidden Fences’? Golden Globe celebs invent a new movie.

Jenna Bush Hager and Michael Keaton conflated the titles of two prominent films featuring predominantly black casts — and Twitter had a field day.

TV Critic’s Corner

Things to know about Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance

Here’s hoping she doesn’t decide to revive her David Bowie tribute.