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Ru, awakening

Upgraded to VH1 and entering its ninth season, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has legs.

Wait, Tom Bergeron is nominated for the Supreme Court?

The ‘Dancing With the Stars’ host looks a lot like Trump’s nominee.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer to interview Caitlyn Jenner again

Jenner is slated to talk about her first couple of years of life as a woman.

Dave Chappelle has joked about police before — here’s how he tackles it in his new specials

The comedian discussed policing and race even as the nation fiercely debates the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they police.

Chuck Barris, host of ‘The Gong Show,’ who wildly claimed to be a CIA assassin, has died

Chuch Barris was the host of ‘‘The Gong Show’’ and the creative force behind ‘‘The Dating Game,’’ ‘‘The Newlywed Game’’ and many other game shows.

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Andy Daly as Forrest MacNeil in the Comedy Central series “Review.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Before it goes away, ‘Review’ worth reviewing

Comedy Central’s strange, subversive “Review” is coming to an end.

Fred Rogers in “Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood.”


Why Congress should take another listen to Mr. Rogers

As someone who grew up the child of a single mother in the late ’80s, I can’t imagine not having those great PBS children’s shows — then or now.

Meet Julia, a Muppet with autism — and the newest character on ‘Sesame Street’

‘‘Through Julia, we aim to show that all kids are amazing, and that all kids can be friends. #SeeAmazing,’’ the show tweeted.

For decades ‘Sesame Street’ brutally parodied Trump, who wants to defund PBS

The character of “Ronald Grump” has appeared on the children’s show a few times since the late 1980s.

Tomi Lahren seen at Politicon 2016.

Tomi Lahren’s show pulled for a week after abortion comments

Amid a conservative backlash over Lahren’s explanation on why she is ‘‘pro-choice,’’ the commentator’s show has reportedly been pulled.

Tim Allen.


Anne Frank Center wants Tim Allen apology on Germany remark

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect asked Tim Allen to apologize for something he said on ‘‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’’ last week.

Desus and Mero, a.k.a. Desus Nice and The Kid Mero.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Desus and Mero’ give a nightly serving of real talk

Viceland’s ‘Desus and Mero’ is a refreshing entry among the stiffer competition of the late-night landscape

Andrew Napolitano in 2011.

Fox pulls Napolitano from air after report on wiretapping claims

Andrew Napolitano made an on-air claim that British officials had helped former president Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump.

Robert Kraft with Andrea Kremer of “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Real Sports’ is a welcome respite from the roundtable

HBO’s long-running “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” requires no bells nor whistles.

From left: Winona Ryder, Kim Walker, Lisanne Falk, and Shannen Doherty in the 1988 movie “Heathers.’’ Doherty will appear in a remake on the new Paramount Network.

TV Critic’s Corner

Spike channel will shed its name and image

The relaunched channel will be a more “gender-balanced” outlet than Spike, according to Viacom CEO Bob Bakish.

Rachel Maddow gave an exclusive look at Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns on her show Tuesday night.

Rachel Maddow scored her biggest audience ever for tax return story

Despite some criticism of how the show played out, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow scored her biggest audience ever on Tuesday.

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‘SNL’ will be live in all time zones

Plus four other takeaways from the week in TV.

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Ty Burr

Thanks to Spotify, our musical tastes can be shaped around attitudes, not just genres

Ty Burr examines how the streaming service transformed not only the way he listens to popular music, but the kinds of music and artists he listens to.

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in Homeland.

BUZZSAW | Matthew gilbert

Making ‘Homeland’ grate again

I’m beginning to feel like Peter Quinn, dragging myself through the story in a stupor, trying to remain interested in something, anything.

If ‘CHiPs’ can get a movie, maybe any old TV show can?

Here are some television contenders for feature-film status that Hollywood might, or might not, want to consider.

Seen through a window, “Fox and Friends” hosts (from left to right) Ainsley Earhardt, Brian Kilmeade, and Steve Doocy.

What does it feel like to watch lots and lots of ‘Fox & Friends’?

Donald Trump loves cable news. Cable news in general, ‘‘Fox & Friends’’ in particular, possibly for hours a day.

John Oliver calls Trump’s recent Russia missteps ‘Stupid Watergate’

Oliver again teed off on the president during HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.”

The Dropkick Murphys at House of Blues.


The Weekender: Irish kicks, elder punks, and political jokes

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

Colin Jost (left) and Michael Che on the “Weekend Update’’ segment of “Saturday Night Live.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Will ‘Weekend Update’ ever find its groove?

The weird thing about the buzz around “Saturday Night Live” is that the specifically newsy part of the show is as lousy as it has ever been.

Rachel Maddow gave an exclusive look at Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns on her show Tuesday night.

Maddow says people who were disappointed by her Trump story expected too much

Rachel Maddow said that if people felt let down by her story, it’s more because of the weight of expectation than anything she did.

Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show Tuesday.

Matthew Gilbert

If you think Rachel Maddow is the story, you’re missing the point

Yes, she oversold her scoop, but criticisms of the MSNBC host for taking the time to provide context and nuance are misguided at best.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in “Veep.”

TV Critic’s Corner

10 TV shows to look forward to this spring

With the whole idea of a “TV season” becoming dated, here’s a select list of shows — returning and new — still due before the end of May.

Rupert Grint in “Snatch,” a new Crackle series based on Guy Ritchie’s 2000 movie.

Television review

Cheeky ‘Snatch’ wrings laughs from its men of steal

The new series from Crackle is breezy, easily consumed entertainment that won’t insult your intelligence.

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in “Mad Men.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Heinz knows that Don Draper isn’t real, right?

The ketchup company is adopting an ad campaign that was originally pitched on “Mad Men.”

Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford in the FX series “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Let’s praise the ‘Feud’: FX series entertains, thanks (mostly) to Jessica Lange

When the Emmys come around next fall, expect nominations for Susan Sarandon, who plays Bette Davis, and Lange, who seems possessed by Joan Crawford.

TV Critic’s Corner

HBO’s ‘Cries From Syria’ grim but essential

Some of the footage is of the dead and the dying at a makeshift hospital in Ghouta after Assad’s sarin gas attack.

‘SNL’ skewers first daughter Ivanka Trump

The biting humor of “Saturday Night Live” took aim at another Trump this week — first daughter Ivanka.

CBS newscaster Charlie Rose.

Charlie Rose returning to CBS after heart surgery

Rose returns to television on Monday, following a recovery from heart surgery he says his doctors told him has been “exemplary.”

Idris Elba plays a detective in “Luther.’’


You’ve heard of Peak TV? These shows represent peak Bleak TV.

Some of television’s best shows are about lousy things happening to good people.

Tom Hiddleston in “The Night Manager.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A summer splash for ‘Game of Thrones’

HBO has finally set a date for season seven, plus four other takeaways from the week in TV.

Nicholas D’Agosto (left) and John Lithgow in “Trial & Error,’’ a mockumentary that makes fun of real-crime documentaries.

Television Review

With its goofy gags, ‘Trial & Error’ gets away with murder

I laughed out loud at this kooky, uneven spoof, whose jokes are almost inevitably about how profoundly stupid the characters are.

A scene from the movie “Kong: Skull Island.”


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Aubry Bracco managed to avoid being voted out of the first two tribal councils.


A local castaway returns to ‘Survivor’

“I know I’ll have a target on my back,” Aubry Bracco said.

The second season of “Love,” starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust, drops on Netflix on Friday.

TV Critic’s Corner

Don’t forget about Netflix’s ‘Love’

Sure, there are plenty of big dramas out there awaiting your consumption. But here’s a little treat, if you’re in the mood.

NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack, left, and President Donald Trump.

We won’t be intimidated, NBC chief tells Trump

‘‘We’re not the opposition party and we’re not in a popularity contest with this administration or any other administration,’’ said NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack.

Laverne Cox in the legal drama “Doubt.”

Laverne Cox on the rebound and in demand

Though her network series “Doubt” was canceled after only two episodes, the trans actress has been cast in a pilot called “The Trustee.”

From left: Cherry Jones, Tim DeKay, Dallas Roberts, and Josh Drennen in “American Crime.”

Television review

‘American Crime’ has a larger story to tell

The third season of ABC’s excellent anthology series opens onto a broad canvas and repesents an integrated vision of our country’s problems.

Scott Pelley on the set of

CBS’ Scott Pelley noted for blunt evaluations of Trump

Soft-spoken yet direct, the anchor is emerging as a blunt evaluator of President Trump on his “CBS Evening News” broadcast.

Rachel Maddow.

TV Critic’s Corner

Maddow’s ratings get a Trump bump

The MSNBC host’s nightly show has been enjoying its highest ratings since 2008.

“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner (center) with two of that show’s stars — Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm — in 2007.

TV Critic’s Corner

After ‘Mad Men,’ Weiner sets his sights on ‘The Romanoffs’

Finally we have some details about Matthew Weiner’s next show, an anthology series that will be streamed on Amazon.

Interview between Stephanopoulos, Trump aide gets tense

The crackling exchange between George Stephanopoulos and Sarah Huckabee Sanders was unusual for morning TV.