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‘Apprentice’ contestant can’t sue president, Trump’s lawyers say

President Trump’s lawyers say he’s immune while president from defamation claims brought by a former contestant on his reality TV show.

O'Reilly compared a black lawmaker's hair to a 'James Brown wig'

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly seemed to disparage a senior African American congresswoman because of the lawmaker’s appearance.

Barry Jenkins’ ‘The Underground Railroad’ in the works at Amazon

Jenkins, the writer and director of “Moonlight,” named best picture at last month’s Academy Awards, is teaming again with that film’s producers for a new TV series for Amazon.

Hulu’s new ‘Harlots’ is as far from ‘Downton’ as you can get

The show, set in 18th-century London, is all about hookers, but it’s definitely not a fairy tale.

Stephen Colbert’s still winning, except . . .

The “Late Show” host has beaten Jimmy Fallon for seven consecutive weeks in the ratings — but not with younger viewers.

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Hannity angry at treatment by CBS in interview

Fox News’ Sean Hannity is calling on CBS to release the full tape of his interview with Ted Koppel for “Sunday Morning.”

Former White House press secretary Josh Earnest joins NBC

Former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has joined NBC News as an analyst, making his debut Monday on the “Today” show.

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli attended the Christian Siriano show during New York Fashion Week last month.

Actress, producer-writer of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ get married

Actress Samira Wiley, who plays the character Poussey Washington on the show, and Lauren Morelli wedded Saturday in Palm Springs.

Kids explore artist Amy Archambault‘s exhibit, “Hideout,” at the Boston Children’s Museum.

This is the art exhibit we all need right now

Miss those forts you made as a kid? “Hideout,” a new exhibit at the Boston Children’s Museum, has just what you (and your kids) need.

Vivian Howard of “A Chef’s Life,” obliges a photo request from diner Elverso Powell at Howard’s restaurant, Chef & the Farmer, in Kinston, N.C., earlier this year

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A three-course chef show tasting menu

Here’s what’s cookin’ on televsion this Saturday night.

Billy Crystal comes to the Boch Center’s Wang Theatre on Friday.


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Ru, awakening

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

Charlie Murphy (left) as Anne Bronte and Finn Atkins as Charlotte Bronte in “To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters.”

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The Bronte sisters — and family — revealed in ‘To Walk Invisible’

PBS’s two-hour drama about three extraordinary years in the sisters’ household often succeeds in doing justice to the rich material.

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2002 file photo, Chuck Barris, the man behind TV's

Chuck Barris, 87; famed for creating ‘Gong Show’

Mr. Barris sought to add to his already eclectic résumé with a made-up — or was it? — story about being an assassin for the CIA.

Boston University freshman Nicholas Fuentes has a nightly Web video show titled “America First.”

The kids are far right

President Trump’s unlikely rise to power has fueled a new sect of young conservatives vying to become players in a quickly evolving right-wing media landscape.


Wait, Tom Bergeron is nominated for the Supreme Court?

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

Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, and Nicole Kidman,with their on-screen children.

Let’s talk ‘Big Little Lies’ theories

Five episodes down, two to go, and ‘‘Big Little Lies’’ still hasn’t revealed many details about its huge central mysteries: Who’s dead and who’s responsible?

Jenner’s book will be published four days after the interview.

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 in 2015.

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 in 2004, signing copies of his book.

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.

Posing as a musician making a documentary on world music, billionaire Ernie Boch Jr. traveled to a Ugandan village for Nat Geo’s “Undercover Angel” and had to figure out how to best help its people.


What drove Ernie Boch Jr. to help a village in Uganda?

The car magnate took part in the TV series “Undercover Angel,” which sends the wealthy to poverty-stricken areas.

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

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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.

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‘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.”

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‘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.

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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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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.

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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.


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

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.