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Recalling when Barbara Bush and Marge Simpson became pen pals

After apologizing for calling “The Simpsons” “the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen,” the then-first lady added, “Clearly you are setting a good example for the . . . country.”

How Elisabeth Moss and company plan to carry ‘Handmaid’ forward

The actress says her character will become increasingly defiant, and increasingly at risk, as the series resumes for season two.

This is where ‘Westworld’ left off

Here are a few things you’ll need to remember from last season, as the host rebellion catches fire.

The Globe goes to a dark place in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

Season two, premiering next week, depicts an empty newsroom (not the actual one on Morrissey Boulevard) and a repurposed Fenway Park.

‘Night Court’ star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead

Anderson was best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan court room.

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Many of the fall’s biggest films have stories based on fact.

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Kyle Chandler will take over George Clooney’s original role.

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Kyle Chandler joins George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22’

The “Friday Night Lights” star is taking the role director-executive producer Clooney originally intended for himself.

James Comey’s interview on ABC drew 9.8 million viewers.

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Stormy v. Comey: Who won the biggest ratings?

The numbers are in for the former FBI director’s interview on ABC.

US Senator John McCain of Arizona is the focus of a “Frontline” documentary Tuesday.

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‘Frontline’ keeps focus on the GOP with ‘McCain’

The documentary looks at the GOP’s evolution across John McCain’s political lifetime.

Joaquin Phoenix in “You Were Never Really Here.”

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The Weekender: A marathon pre-Marathon weekend

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

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in “Broad City.”

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‘Broad City’ will go out on top — next year

The fifth season of the show, due in early 2019, will be its last.

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On ‘Fox & Friends,’ influence comes with President Trump’s ear

Fox News Channel’s peppy day-opener seems much like it has for 20 years. The difference now is that one of its regular viewers is the most powerful person in the world.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to be married on Saturday, May 19.

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You’ll have a lot of options for watching the royal wedding on TV

Are you bracing yourselves? Because you’re about to be royal-wedding-ed over the head in a big way.

Meghan Markle, pictured during a March visit to Belfast.

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Who cares about the royals? But Meghan Markle . . .

In “Meghan: A Hollywood Princess,” celebrity biographer Andrew Morton argues that Markle could be a new kind of royal.

Toby Stephens, Mina Sundwall, Taylor Russell, Max Jenkins, and Molly Parker in “Lost in Space.”

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‘Lost in Space,’ we have a problem

The Netflix reboot looks like a blockbuster space movie, but all that action is painfully repetitive and tedious.

TV host resigns after threatening school shooting survivor

A conservative commentator who sent a tweet saying he would use “a hot poker” to sexually assault an outspoken 17-year-old survivor of the Florida high school shooting has resigned from a St. Louis TV station and been taken off the radio after several advertisers withdrew from his shows.

John Goodman and Roseanne Barr in the original “Roseanne.”

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And now, even more ‘Roseanne’!

The Paramount Network is adding old episodes of the sitcom to its lineup.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in a scene from the previous season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

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A bit of the battle plan revealed for final season of ‘Thrones’

Thanks to an Instagram post we do know something: There will be a really, really big battle scene that took 55 days to shoot.

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Actor T.J. Miller charged with making bomb report on train

Actor T.J. Miller has been charged with calling 911 to falsely claim that a woman on the same train as him had a bomb in her luggage.

The entrance of Bill Cosby was delayed when a topless protester jumped a barrier and ran toward him.

Prosecutor: Bill Cosby paid accuser nearly $3.4m

District Attorney Kevin Steele described the 2006 civil settlement during his opening statement.

Rio Mangini, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, and Quinn Liebling in Netflix’s “Everything Sucks!”

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‘Everything Sucks!’ deserves to be rescued

The Netflix coming-of-age series, which premiered Feb. 16, has been canceled already, but there is a rescue campaign afoot on social media.

John Oliver says ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ mislead women

Oliver said the clinics, which are run by antiabortion groups, regularly provide inaccurate health information.

Bill Maher, host of “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO.

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More clashing TV hosts: Maher vs. Rivera

On his “Real Time” show Friday night, Bill Maher had a combative interview with Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham during an October appearance..

Laura Ingraham’s break served as a cooling-off period

The Fox News host, criticized for a tweet attacking a Parkland, Fla., survivor, is expected to return to her show Monday.

Lorena Bobbitt arriving at court in 1994.

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Jordan Peele bringing Lorena Bobbitt documentary to Amazon

The four-part series will revisit the case in light of our growing understanding of sexual assault and domestic abuse in the past quarter-century.


From the pages of these literary classics, TV for our times

An excellent new adaptation of “Howards End” feels surprisingly relevant. Here are some other classics that might resonate right now.

Andre the Giant (left) grappling with opponent Randy Savage during a wrestling match.

‘Andre the Giant’ documentarian takes on a larger-than-life figure

Newton native Jason Hehir, who directed the HBO film, says he wanted to tell the “story of a guy living in a world that was not made for him.”

Jason Clarke portrays Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara is Mary Jo Kopechne in “Chappaquiddick.”

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The Weekender: Kennedys, Wallendas, and Nervous Eaters

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

Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in the new version of “Roseanne.”

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‘Roseanne’ continues to draw big ratings

Viewership dipped a bit in week two, but the sitcom’s numbers were still strong.

Matthew MacFadyen and Hayley Atwell in “Howards End.”

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A welcome return to ‘Howards End’

Like the the 1992 Merchant-Ivory film, the Starz miniseries adaptation is extraordinary.

Al Pacino as Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

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A legend crumbles in HBO’s ‘Paterno’

Al Pacino stars in the movie, which explores the Penn State coach’s legal and moral liability in concealing the sex crimes of assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Jay-Z with his mother, Gloria Carter, in 2011.

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Jay-Z sits with Letterman next

Among the topics teased for Friday’s episode: The hip-hop mogul will discuss his mother’s coming out.

Seth Rogan filmed his stand-up comedy special last month.

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Comedy stars stand up to Alzheimer’s

“Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity,” a variety show hosted by the actor and featuring a ton of promising guests, will stream on Netflix.

Actress Cynthia Nixon is trying to unseat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Cynthia Nixon takes her campaign to ‘The Wendy Williams Show’

The actress, who is trying to unseat Andrew Cuomo, the two-term Democratic governor of New York, has granted her first TV sit-down interview.

Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene and John Legend as Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”

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NBC’s exhilarating ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert’ pulses with energy

The Easter special was also a reminder of how well those songs have aged.

Mr. Bochco created a number of hit TV shows.

Steven Bochco, 74, creator of ‘NYPD Blue’ and ‘Hill Street Blues’

Mr. Bochco, a prolific TV producer, also created “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and “L.A. Law.”

Roseanne Barr.

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Reconciling Roseanne Barr and Roseanne Conner

The real Roseanne Barr has long been an annoying, impulsive star. Her character on “Roseanne” has always been less complicated and more positive.

Kathy Griffin will appear on “The President Show” Tuesday night on Comedy Central.

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Kathy Griffin is coming back into public eye

Her forthcoming show at Carnegie Hall sold out in a day.


Returning to her feminist roots

Veteran Broadway, film, and television actress Christine Lahti has just published her new memoir, “True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age.”

On the “Roseanne” revival, Roseanne Conner clashes with her liberal sister, Jackie, played by Laurie Metcalf.


Can we forget Roseanne’s politics and just watch?

Is the “Roseanne” revival any good? For some TV viewers, it really doesn’t matter. Barr’s support of Trump is all that counts.

Tiffany Haddish and Tracy Morgan in “The Last O.G.”

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As an ex-con, Tracy Morgan is free to go deeper in the comic, moving ‘Last O.G’

There’s plenty of the kind of humor you’d expect from Morgan in the new TBS series, but it’s tinged by sadness and regret.

A scene from Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs.”

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The Weekender: Lost dogs, emo foxes, and Easter bunnies

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

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” stars (from left) Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Alice Cooper, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Jason Tam.

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A buzz-worthy ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Even if NBC’s live production is awful, I know I will nonetheless love listening to it all over again.

Zach Braff stars in the ABC comedy series “Alex, Inc.”

‘Alex, Inc.’ is a sitcom about a podcast about a podcast company. How did that get on TV?

Zach Braff plays a fictionalized version of Gimlet Media CEO and cofounder Alex Blumberg in the new series.

Olivia de Havilland sued the FX series because she said it portrayed her as a vulgar gossip.

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Judge stops Olivia de Havilland’s ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ suit

Series creator Ryan Murphy said, “Today’s victory gives all creators the breathing room necessary to continue to tell important historical stories inspired by true events.”

Comedy Central’s Jordan Klepper talks late-night satire in the age of Trump

‘There are always times when [Trump] beats us to the joke,” said Klepper, who took a break from his fatuous conservative on-screen persona to discuss politics from his real-life point of view.

Donald Sutherand plays billionaire J. Paul Getty in the FX series “Trust.”

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As billionaire J. Paul Getty, Donald Sutherland is a gas

I’m having a great time watching the actor in the FX series “Trust.”