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Fox News finds itself in an unaccustomed spot — out of first

Fox News Channel has found itself somewhere it has rarely been the past decade — out of first place.

Trump called ‘SNL’ a ‘terrible show.’ It went on to have a record-shattering season

On Saturday, ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ concluded its most-watched season in 23 years, a feat it accomplished while ratcheting up political material.

What’s new — and not — this fall on ABC

An introduction to the networks’ fall schedules begins with ABC’s.

Bobby Moynihan, Jessica Pare, and Jeremy Piven star in CBS series this fall

The network fall preview continues with a look at CBS’s primetime schedule.

Get me a rewrite! Now it’s late-night hosts keeping up with the news

With a mixture of speed, weariness, and a growing, comedy show writers are scrambling to satisfy the appetites of their news-savvy audiences.

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On ‘SNL,’ The Rock and Tom Hanks joked about a 2020 White House bid

Actor Dwayne ‘‘The Rock’’ Johnson, who was hosting the show for a fifth time, made a dramatic announcement in his opening monologue.

Was this ‘SNL’ saying farewell to President Trump?

The opening segment of this week’s episode featured a rendition of “Hallelujah.”

Kyle MacLachlan returns — some 26 years later — for the third season of “Twin Peaks.”

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Yes, ‘Twin Peaks’ changed TV, and yet . . .

I have mixed feelings about the much-revered series. Yes, I’m that guy.

Mr. Ailes founded Fox News in 1996 and built it into a very successful platform for conservative commentators.

Roger Ailes, 77, media guru and political strategist

The communications maestro created and ruled Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment.

Micaela Spina, Juan Cupini, and band member Julio Dominguez in “Arrabal.”


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FILE - In this June 25, 2016, file photo, Bobby Moynihan attends the premiere of

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Bobby Moynihan departing ‘SNL’ after nine years

This weekend’s finale will mark the end of his run, while a starring role in a CBS sitcom awaits.

Jeffrey Tambor (left), Jason Bateman, and the rest of the Bluth family actors will return.

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Bluths are reconnecting for a fifth season of ‘Arrested Development’

The disappointing fourth season kept the ensemble fractured. Not so in season five, Netflix says.

Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff.

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In HBO’s ‘Wizard of Lies,’ a Madoff who defies explanation

As Bernie Madoff, Robert De Niro expertly delivers evasion, aloofness, concealment.

Jimmy Kimmel (right, with Jordan Horowitz and Warren Beatty) at February’s Oscars.

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Make no mistake, Kimmel will return to host the Oscars

Do you think we can expect a few jokes about this year’s best picture debacle?

‘The good news? Trump found the leaker’: Colbert rips Trump over intel reports

Last week, President Trump called Stephen Colbert ‘‘a no-talent guy’’ who isn’t funny and tells ‘‘filthy’’ jokes.

ESPN radio hosts Mike Greenberg (left) and Mike Golic in 2012.

ESPN Radio’s ‘Mike & Mike’ are going their separate ways

Mike Greenberg is leaving the radio show he co-hosts with Mike Golic to host a new morning TV show on ESPN TV premiering Jan. 1.

Bill Cosby in April after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case in Pennsylvania.

In a PR blitz before trial, Bill Cosby blames racism for sexual assault claims

Cosby also said he does not expect to testify at his upcoming felony sexual assault trial.

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2016 file photo television host Conan O'Brien gestures to the audience at Sanders Theatre on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge. O'Brien is vigorously defending himself from plagiarism allegations by a writer who accused him of ripping off punchlines about Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa,File)

Conan is heading to court after he’s accused of stealing jokes

What do Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady, and the Washington Monument have in common? They’re all subjects of punchlines Brookline native Conan O’Brien is accused of ripping off.

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Mindy Kaling returning to NBC in a new sitcom

A single-camera comedy called “Champions” will also star Anders Holm of “Workaholics.”

Kat Dennings (left) and Beth Behrs in “2 Broke Girls.”

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What will this critic use as a punching bag if ‘2 Broke Girls’ is canceled?

“2 Broke Girls,” with its filthy humor, its ethnic and racial stereotypes, its affection for menstrual jokes and groan-worthy puns, is dead.

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Joe Mathieu named anchor of WGBH’s ‘Morning Edition’

He’ll take over the on-air duties from host Bob Seay in August.

Kara McCullough (left) reacted after she was crowned Miss USA at Sunday’s pageant.

Federal government scientist wins Miss USA title

Kara McCullough, who works for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was Miss District of Columbia.

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More George R.R. Martin coming atcha

Syfy has just announced a project adapted from Martin’s 1980 novella “Nightflyers.”

Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on “Saturday Night Live” in February.

Melissa McCarthy has hit the open road as Sean Spicer

Though Spicer hasn’t been in the White House this week, it appears he will still be on “Saturday Night Live” when McCarthy hosts this weekend.

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Actress Frankie Shaw to star in Showtime series

Frankie Shaw’s new comedy series, titled “SMILF,” will be set in Boston.

Frances Conroy stars in “The Mist,” a new Spike series based on one of Stephen King’s most well-known novellas.


There’s more to Stephen King’s ‘Mist’ than small-town terror

A new TV series debuting June 22 aims to expand on the novella’s characters and themes.

Ben Affleck.

Ben Affleck and Patrick Dempsey join UK comedy special

“The Red Nose Day Special” will air May 25 to raise awareness and support for children in need.

Laurie Donnelly and Jacques Pépin


Chef Jacques Pépin talks about how he met Julia Child

Pepin will be featured in a new episode of “American Masters,” which will air May 26 on WGBH 2.

Professional street skater Rob Dyrdek (left) and Mr. Boykin appeared on “Total Request Live” in 2006.

Christopher Boykin, 45, half of the MTV odd couple ‘Rob & Big’

Mr. Boykin, known as Big Black, was the professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek’s bodyguard and buddy.

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in “Snatched.”


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Ed Ansin changes the channel, but still has the signal

When NBC didn’t renew its deal with Channel 7, Ansin decided to start an independent station.

“American Idol” is going to return to TV, this time on ABC, less than two years after it was canceled by Fox.

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‘Idol’ is on its way back, but Seacrest may be another story

The show — canceled by Fox last year after a slide in ratings — will return on a new network: ABC.

Noel Wells and Aziz Ansari in “Master of None.”

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In 2nd season, ‘Master of None’ avoids the sophomore slump

Aziz Ansari’s gem of a comedy is more ambitious this season, but no less charming.

FILE — Vincent “Buddy” Cianci Jr., the mayor of Providence, R.I., Jan. 10, 1997. Cianci, who cast a vast shadow over political life in Providence in a long career that included two decade-long stints in office, talk-radio polemics and a prison term on federal racketeering charges, died on Jan. 28, 2016. He was 74. (Keith Meyers/The New York Times)

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‘Crimetown’ drops a dime on Providence

The podcast “Crimetown” offers crime and not punishment in Rhode Island’s capital.

Dwayne Johnson said leadership would be a top priority if he were president.

Rock nation? Dwayne Johnson considering run for White House

The actor and former pro wrestler tells GQ that a presidential run is ‘‘a real possibility.’’

Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in “House of Cards.” Robin Wright (also pictured) plays his wife, Claire Underwood.

‘House of Cards’ gets in on the Comey firing

“When you’re fresh meat, kill and throw them something fresher,” the show tweeted.

In this photo provided by CBS, host Stephen Colbert, third from right, sits with guests, from left, Jon Stewart, Rob Corddry, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, and Ed Helms during

Stephen Colbert welcomes ‘Daily Show’ alums to ‘Late Show’

The former “Daily Show” correspondent played host to his old colleagues, including Jon Stewart.

11fivethings - Dec. 31, 2014 - Jake Shapiro (cq), CEO of PRX, poses in his office in Cambridge, Mass. (Justin Saglio for The Boston Globe).


RadioPublic looks to build a better podcast

Veteran broadcast executive Jake Shapiro brings a fresh take to the radio of the future.

Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn in Amazon’s “I Love Dick.”

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There’s not enough to like in ‘I Love Dick’

The new Amazon series from “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway is a letdown.

Larry Wilmore, former host of “The Nightly Show” on Comedy Central, is about to launch a podcast on The Ringer podcast network.

TV Critic’s Corner

Larry Wilmore returns — as a podcaster

The former host of “The Nightly Show” will weigh in on the week’s news and events as well as interview guests.

Back on TV, Jimmy Kimmel takes on critics of his health care plea

Kimmel again argued that Americans deserve the level of health care given his infant son.

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John Oliver has a few choice words for Emily Rooney

The host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” doesn’t appreciate something Rooney said.

Elisabeth Moss (left) and Alexis Bledel in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Superb supporting cast gives ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ its depth

Elisabeth Moss is the Emmy-worthy star of the Hulu drama, but she is surrounded by remarkable performances.

From left: Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Jon Stewart, Ed Helms, and Samantha Bee at an Emmy after-party in Los Angeles in 2005.

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Stephen Colbert is reuniting the old ‘Daily Show’ gang

Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms, and Rob Corddry will all appear together on Tuesday’s “Late Show.”

Hillary Clinton campaigning in Los Angeles last June.

TV Critic’s Corner

Trump, Clinton: made for TV

Four scripted projects about the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton race are currently in the works.

Adam Devine

MTV celebrates summer viewing season with Movie & TV Awards

Hosted by actor Adam Devine, the MTV Movie & TV Awards will also feature sneak peeks of anticipated films including ‘‘Transformers: The Last Knight’’ and ‘‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.