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Matthew Gilbert’s favorite TV shows of 2017

Every year, it gets harder to select only 10 shows . . . so I’ve included a second 10.

The Weekender: Last Jedis, Austen on wheels, and mixed Nutcrackers

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

The Dunder Mifflin gang returns (in reruns)

Comedy Central will start airing “The Office” next month, beginning with a daylong marathon on Jan. 15.

Errol Morris’s riveting ‘Wormwood’ probes the cost of pursuing an elusive truth

The Netflix miniseries centers on the mysterious death of a CIA scientist and his son’s lifelong quest for answers.

NBC will shift Emmy broadcast to a Monday

The always lengthy telecast is set for Sept. 17, with a not-yet-determined host.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

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// A new ‘Star Wars,’ plus a bevy of real-life heroes on screen

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

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CNN’s Jim Acosta said Sarah Sanders told him that if he asked President Trump a question, ‘‘she could not promise that I would be allowed into a pool spray again.’’

CNN’s Acosta complains of White House threat

CNN’s Jim Acosta says he was warned by the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders not to ask a question during President Trump’s bill signing ceremony Tuesday.

Matt Smith and Claire Foy in “The Crown.”


Dancing around a ‘Crown’ cast change

Asked by Seth Meyers who would replace him, Matt Smith said, “Well, I don’t know — I maybe know. I don’t know if I know. I’m not meant to know, but I maybe know.”

Nicole Kidman is returning for a second seven-episode season of “Big Little Lies.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Big Little Lies’ just won’t leave well enough alone

Despite my warnings that one-and-done is the way to go, they’re moving ahead with a second season.

A scene from the PBS documentary “The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

TV Critic’s Corner

This year’s TV awards from the American Film Institute

The American Film Institute Awards selections for movies and television have just been released.

John Goodman and Roseanne Barr in “Roseanne.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Roseanne’ reboot reels in more former cast members

In addition to the core cast, Estelle Parsons, Sandra Bernhard, and Johnny Galecki have also signed up.

Ted Danson with Kristen Bell in “The Good Place.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

Ted Danson’s excellence has been hiding in plain sight

We sometimes take the stalwarts for granted, but this actor’s work has only improved as he’s aged.

Sally Hawkins in Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.”

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The Weekender: Acrobats on ice, rockabilly on speed, and chestnuts on an open fire

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

Kyle MacLachlan in “Twin Peaks: The Return.”

Ty Burr

Does a TV series belong on a year-end best movies list?

As the places we watch shift with technology, so do the shapes and formats of what we watch.

FILE - In this April 3, 2016 file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. David Mueller, a former radio DJ who was ordered to pay a symbolic $1 to Swift for groping her at a photo op, says he mailed her a Sacagawea coin last week. Mueller provided a letter to The Associated Press showing the payment was sent Nov. 28, 2017. In a story published Wednesday, Dec. 6, Swift said she hadn't received the dollar. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Ex-DJ says he mailed $1 Sacagawea coin to Taylor Swift to settle groping lawsuit

A former radio DJ who was ordered to pay a symbolic $1 to Taylor Swift for groping her at a photo op says he mailed her a Sacagawea coin last week.

Most of the grim near-futures on Netflix’s “Black Mirror” are about technological developments that have crossed the line into darkness.

TV Critic’s Corner

More dark reflections from ‘Black Mirror’

The Netflix series returns with six new episodes Dec. 29.


ABC says Ross will no longer cover stories involving Trump

Suspended ABC News reporter Brian Ross will no longer cover stories involving President Trump following his erroneous report on former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Alec Baldwin

TV Critic’s Corner

ABC’s giving Alec Baldwin something to talk about

The actor and Donald Trump impressionist is planning a full-on talk show for the network.

Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

TV Critic’s Corner

The marvelous Ms. Brosnahan

The big revelation of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is its star.

“The Good Place” star Kristen Bell will host the SAG Awards.

TV Critic’s Corner

Changes coming to awards shows

This year’s Oscars broadcast will begin a half-hour earlier. Also, the Screen Actors Guild Awards will have a host for the first time: Kristen Bell.

Jeff Glor


Former WHDH reporter on how Boston helped him become anchor of ‘CBS Evening News’

Jeff Glor, who takes his new seat on Monday, spent four years honing his craft in Boston.

Millie Bobby Brown in “Stranger Things.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Stranger Things’ will be back for a third season

There’s no word yet on the return date for the smash Netflix series.

ABC said Brian Ross made a “serious error.’’

After erroneous Flynn report, ABC suspends Ross

The report said then-candidate Donald Trump had directed Flynn to make contact with the Russians.

Sarah Fischer in “The Spruces and the Pines.”


Local filmmaker directs new Christmas-themed movie

“The Spruces and the Pines,” directed by John Stimpson, will premiere Sunday at 9 p.m. on the ION Network.

Jonathan Groff in Netflix’s “Mindhunter.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ will return for 2nd season

Netflix series explores story of FBI’s early studies of psychology of serial killers.

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2017, file photo, host Jimmy Kimmel appears at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Kimmel accepted U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore's invitation to meet him in Alabama on Nov. 30, 2017, after Kimmel sent a comedian to heckle Moore during a talk he was giving at a church the night before. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Jimmy Kimmel takes up Roy Moore on his offer to debate values ‘man to man’

During his late-night show Thursday, Jimmy Kimmel accepted Senate candidate Roy Moore’s challenge to visit Alabama and discuss Christian values “man to man.”

Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson in “The White Queen.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

A critic’s guide to television royalty

The best shows about the British aristocracy from the past 15 years, for commoners like us.

James Franco directed and stars in “The Disaster Artist.”

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The Weekender: French kicks, fiery solos, and irreverent holiday fare

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

This combination photo shows Geraldo Rivera at

Bette Midler to Geraldo Rivera: Apologize for alleged sexual assault

Bette Midler renewed an allegation of sexual misconduct against Geraldo Rivera, one day after Rivera called the news business “flirty” amid Matt Lauer’s dismissal by NBC.

Matt Lauer, co-anchor for the “Today” show, met with the show's producers in the control room in New York.

Ty Burr

What the daily assault revelations say about them and us

When we place trust in a public figure, we’re projecting it onto a façade.

Jenifer Lewis

How ‘Blackish’ star Jenifer Lewis became ‘the mother of black Hollywood’

The actress has had a nearly 25-year career of playing the mother, auntie, or grandmother to such stars as Will Smith, Tupac Shakur, and Whitney Houston.

Nicollette Sheridan is stepping into the role Joan Collins made famous.

TV Critic’s Corner

Meet the ‘Dynasty’ reboot’s new Alexis

Nicollette Sheridan has been cast as Alexis Carrington, stepping into the role Joan Collins made famous.

Jenifer Lewis (right) with (from left) Yara Shadihi, Marcus Scribner, Anthony Anderson, and Raven-Symoné on “Blackish.”

Jenifer Lewis dishes about her ‘children’

The actress shares her thoughts on Hollywood costars with whom she played maternal roles, from Will Smith to Whitney Houston.

Matt Lauer was fired by NBC News for “inappropriate sexual behavior.”

Matthew Gilbert

With Matt Lauer, another media figure falls, and mistrust grows

Accused men in the media present a distinct problem, since credibility is essential to legitimate news outlets.

Host Matt Lauer pauses during a break while filming NBC's


Matt Lauer’s interview with Bill O’Reilly looks different now

O’Reilly spent the interview vehemently denying the harassment allegations made against him. Lauer did not hold back with his questioning.

FILE - This Sept. 16, 2013, file photo shows the ESPN logo prior to an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Cincinnati. ESPN says it is eliminating 150 studio and production employees as the sports broadcasting giant continues to shift its focus to a more digital future. The company says the layoffs, which were announced Wednesday morning, Nov. 29, 2017, in a memo to employees, don't include on-air talent and will have a minimal impact on the network's signature SportsCenter news program. (AP Photo/David Kohl, File)

ESPN eliminating 150 production, tech jobs in latest cuts

The cuts are just the latest move as the sports broadcasting giant continues to shift its focus to a more digital future.

Matt Lauer (right) and Savannah Guthrie hosted a live taping of the Today Show in Boston in 2013.

The full statement from NBC News chair on Matt Lauer

NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack sent the memo to employees Wednesday morning.

Jenni “JWoww” Farley (left) and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi are among the returning cast members in MTV’s “Jersey Shore Family Vacation,” coming next year.

TV Critic’s Corner

More Snooki anyone?

What’s worse than a banal reality show? A reboot of a banal reality show, that’s what.

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2011, file photo, political pundit Keith Olbermann leaves a taping of the


Keith Olbermann ends GQ run, retires from talking politics

He says there is ‘‘no illness, no scandal, no firing’’ to blame for his departure.

Claire Foy returns in “The Crown” on Netflix.

TV Critic’s Corner

Good things for those who wait

There are still a few new and returning scripted series on the way from networks and streaming platforms.

Rachel Brosnahan plays Miriam “Midge” Maisel in Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Yup, ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ is marvelous

The Amazon series from “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is one of the most charming new shows of the year.

Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon offer alternative coverage of the Rose Parade on Jan. 1.

TV Critic’s Corner

Watch the Rose Parade with Cord and Tish

Perhaps you know the stars by their alternative names: Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 07: Actress Naya Rivera at Point Honors Los Angeles 2017, benefiting Point Foundation, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 7, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Point Honors)

‘Glee’ actress accused of domestic battery on husband

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Sunday morning that 30-year-old Naya Rivera was arrested overnight for domestic battery on her husband in Chesapeake.

Benedict Cumberbatch (shown in PBS’s “Sherlock”) will play the title character in “Patrick Melrose,” a five-part series coproduced by Showtime and Sky Atlantic.

TV Critic’s Corner

Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Showtime’s ‘Patrick Melrose’

The five-part series is based on the novel series by Edward St. Aubyn, which is based on the author’s traumatic childhood in a dysfunctional upper-class family.

Paul Reiser is co-creator and -writer of “There’s . . . Johnny!”

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.

“Cheers” was able to survive without Shelley Long (above, with Ted Danson).


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”).

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” runs Nov. 24-Dec. 31 at the Opera House.

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The Weekender: ‘Coco,’ Clara, Jay-Z, and Spike

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