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Paul Reiser’s new comedy recalls the world of Johnny Carson

Hulu’s ‘‘There’s . . . Johnny!’’ is a comedic peek behind the scenes of ‘‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’’ circa 1972.

Shows can outlive their stars, but not all of them should

Over the years, the solutions TV series have devised to replace stars who have departed has ranged from the brilliant (“NYPD Blue”) to the pathetic (“That ‘70s Show”).

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Awards season meets sexual misconduct

Seth Meyers faces no easy task hosting the Golden Globes.

HBO’s ‘True Detective’ will head to the Ozarks

In season 3, Carmen Ejogo will star as an Arkansas schoolteacher with a link to two missing children in 1980.

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DeWanda Wise stars in the new Netflix series, “She’s Gotta Have It,” adapted from the 1986 film by its director Spike Lee.

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‘She’s Gotta Have It’ still has it

Spike Lee has adapted his breakthrough film into a 10-episode Netflix series.

Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey, are producing a 10-episode religious drama called “Messiah” that will be available on Netflix in 2019.

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Mark Burnett’s ‘Messiah’ poses the ultimate what-if

The producer’s scripted series for Netflix is about the modern world’s response to a man who claims to be the Messiah.

George Clooney

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Clooney signs on to a ‘Catch-22’ miniseries

The actor will star in and direct the six-episode TV series.

Ken Burns has launched a website called UNUM that supplements his film work.

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Lots more Ken Burns, just a few clicks away

The documentary filmmaker has launched a website called UNUM that supplements his film work with videos, books, podcast excerpts, and tweets.

David Cassidy performed in October 2012 in Nashville.

‘Partridge Family’ star David Cassidy in hospital with organ failure

Cassidy’s publicist says he’s suffering from liver and kidney failure.

Chris Diamantopoulos as “Ralphie’s Dad, The Old Man” in FOX’s live musical event, A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE!, airing Sunday, Dec. 17 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. CR: TOMMY GARCIA / FOX 19HolidayTVPicks


Turns out, Matthew Broderick isn’t too old to play Ralphie Parker

The actor will narrate Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live!” as a grown-up Ralphie in this adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s classic holiday tale.

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Holiday TV picks

Matthew Gilbert’s picks for holiday specials.

Actor Jeffrey Tambor.

‘Transparent’ co-star alleges impropriety by Jeffrey Tambor

An actress on “Transparent” says Tambor pressed his body against hers in a sexually aggressive manner during filming and made inappropriate and unwanted sexual statements.

Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling brought “An Evening in Crimetown” to the Wilbur Theatre in July.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Crimetown’ podcast inspires an FX series

The story of organized crime and municipal corruption in Providence will be shaped into a scripted TV drama.


The death of The Sexiest Man Alive

Not now, we have a headache.

Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner in a scene from “Difficult People.”

A ‘Difficult’ farewell for TV’s snarkiest duo

After three seasons, Hulu has canceled “Difficult People,” one of the best New York sitcoms of the decade.

Demonstrators participated in the #MeToo Survivors' March on Sunday in response to the recent high-profile sexual abuse cases.

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Would any sexual abuse revelation be surprising anymore?

The avalanche of credible allegations dating back decades makes it clear that many of us have been too willing to ignore what women endure on a regular basis.

The original cast of “Roseanne,” (front, from left) Michael Fishman, Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, (rear, from left) Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Laurie Metcalf.

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‘Roseanne’: More, more, more

ABC has just ordered nine episodes of the returning series.

Comedian Hari Kondabolu (left) with actor Kal Penn in the documentary “The Problem With Apu.”

A stubborn ‘Simpsons’ stereotype, and the problem it poses

In a truTV documentary, comedian Hari Kondabolu explores “The Problem With Apu.”

Comedian Hari Kondabolu stars in the documentary “The Problem with Apu.”

Comedian makes a case against Apu from ‘The Simpsons’

For Hari Kondabolu, the character of Apu led to real world bullying, self-loathing, and embarrassment. Now, he’s fighting back with a documentary about the issue.

Eliza Coupe and Josh Hutcherson star in Hulu’s sci-fi comedy “Future Man.”

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Eliza Coupe helps lighten up ‘Future Man’

The actress is one of the highlights of the Hulu sci-fi comedy series from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

Kevin Bacon will play a corrupt FBI agent in “City on a Hill.”


Kevin Bacon to star in Boston drama

“City on a Hill” casts the actor as a corrupt FBI agent working with a black DA to take on a family of armored car robbers.

From left: Anna Camp, Erin Darke, and Genevieve Angelson in “Good Girls Revolt,” an Amazon series about sexism in the 1960s magazine business. The show lasted one season.

TV Critic’s Corner

Another chance for ‘Good Girls Revolt’

The show about sexism and inequality in the 1960s magazine business was canceled by Amazon after its first season in 2016, but there is a movement to bring it back — on any network.

Matthew Weiner denies sexual harassment allegations to Cambridge audience

The “Mad Men” creator’s event went on as scheduled even though a Seattle appearance has been canceled.

HBO’s six-part limited series “Mosaic,” coming in January, will be interactive via an app, which is shown above.

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Mosaic and the new frontiers of narrative

If we’ve reached what must by now be the outer edges of the Golden Age of TV, what comes next?

Former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh says actor Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted her 18-year-old son at a bar on Nantucket last year.

Heather Unruh once delivered the news. Now, she makes it

In 15 years at WCVB, Unruh reported plenty of heart-wrenching stories, but had always stifled displays of raw emotion. Not this time.

Florence Pugh will star in “The Little Drummer Girl.”

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A new le Carre adaptation is in the works at AMC

The producers of “The Night Manager” are reteaming for the six-part miniseries “The Little Drummer Girl.”

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Some I can’t watch, and some I will, even now

I find that the more I think about the question of which artists to banish from my life, the muddier the answer gets.

Saoirse Ronan in “Lady Bird.”

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Joe Biden will talk to Oprah Sunday and he’ll be all over NBC Monday morning.

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Biden, Biden everywhere

The former vice president’s promotional tour for his new book brings him to a host of TV shows in the coming days.

‘‘Friends’’ star Jennifer Aniston is coming back to TV and she’s partnering with Reese Witherspoon (left).

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up on a new TV show

The Apple streaming service said the actresses will star in and produce a behind-the-scenes drama about a TV morning show.

Julianna Margulies (above in “The Good Wife”) will play a magazine editor in “Dietland.”

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Julianna Margulies returning to TV in AMC series ‘Dietland’

The “Good Wife” star will play Kitty, a magazine editor targeted by a feminist organization.

From left: Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, and Sean Astin in the 2003 movie “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

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Move over, ‘Game of Thrones’?

According to Deadline, the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien is shopping a TV drama based on the “Lord of the Rings” novels.

Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Uma Thurman will talk when she’s ready

Uma Thurman’s interview clip from the red carpet event for her Broadway debut, “The Parisian Woman” went viral over the weekend.

Shalane Flanagan of Marblehead crossed the finish line to win the Professional Women's Divisions of the New York City Marathon Sunday.

Shalane Flanagan won the NYC marathon, then went back that night to cheer on stragglers

After winning the New York marathon, Marblehead’s Shalane Flanagan returned to the finish line to hand out medals.

Blair Foster and Alex Gibney, co-directors of “Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge.”

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HBO documentary recalls Rolling Stone’s golden years

The network is airing a two-part documentary called “Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge,” from directors Alex Gibney and Blair Foster.

Sarah Gadon in a scene from “Alias Grace” on Netflix.

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‘Alias Grace’ can be seen — and now heard

On audiobook version of Margaret Atwood’s novel, upon which the Netflix series is based, has just been launched, with the show’s star as its narrator.

Frankie Shaw stars as a struggling single mother in South Boston in the new Showtime series “SMILF.”

Television Review

In ‘SMILF,’ Shaw’s Southie mom has room to grow

The actress/writer/director draws a portrait that isn’t pretty, but it’s potentially engaging and emotionally raw — “potentially” being the important word here.

Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: Ragnarok.”

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The Weekender: Hunky vikings, new wavers, and Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty)

The Globe’s guide to the best things to do this weekend.

Frankie Shaw on the set of “SMILF,” the Showtime series she stars in, executive produces, directs, and writes.

Boston’s Frankie Shaw does it all on ‘SMILF’

The new Showtime comedy series is inspired by her own experiences as a single mom.

Sarah Gadon stars in the new Netflix miniseries “Alias Grace.”

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A maid’s tale drives fascinating Margaret Atwood drama ‘Alias Grace’

The Netflix miniseries is the second Atwood TV adaptation this year, following “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but it’s a different kind of compelling.

Kit Harington stars in “Gunpowder,” airing on HBO Dec. 18.

Kit Harington to star in miniseries on HBO

The “Game of Thrones” star plays the lead in the 17th-century drama “Gunpowder,” premiering Dec. 18.

Screenwriter Sarah Polley (left) and author Margaret Atwood on the set of “Alias Grace.”

Adapting Margaret Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’ required patience — and good timing

The Netflix series is a partly fictionalized mystery-drama about a maid who was convicted of murder in 19th-century Toronto.

“House of Cards” is ending amid the troubles of star Kevin Spacey (left), but one possible spinoff would focus on Doug Stamper, the chief of staff played by Michael Kelly (right).

TV Critic’s Corner

‘House of Cards’ spinoffs in the works

While it’s uncertain whether Netflix will continue production on the show’s sixth season, it’s not ready to retire the brand.

Diarra Kilpatrick will star in “The Climb,” one of three new comedy pilots from Amazon.

TV Critic’s Corner

Amazon will let you be the judge

The streaming service wants viewer feedback on three comedy pilots it will showcase on Nov. 10.

Olivia Colman (pictured in “Broadchurch”) will take over the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II on “The Crown” in season three and is expected to remain for season four.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘The Crown’ chooses its heir to the throne

Olivia Colman — terrific in “Broadchurch” and “Fleabag” — will take over the role of Elizabeth II in seasons three and four of the Netflix series.