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With the death of Bill Paxton, a look back at ‘Big Love’

I’ve found myself remembering the 2006-11 show fondly, and in particular Paxton’s turn as polygamist Bill Henrickson.

On ‘Girls,’ the question of sexual consent

An episode about a famous writer who sleeps with young women is one of the series’ best outings.

Bill Paxton, 61, noted for roles in ‘Apollo 13’ and ’Big Love’

The prolific actor was in such films as “Aliens,” “Apollo 13,” “Titanic,” and “Twister,” as well as a number of television shows.

The audacity of ‘Patriot’

Even though the series about a CIA operative misfires at times, it deserves a lot of credit for originality.

There’ll be more of Moore on ‘Empire,’ and a spinoff too

Plus four other takeaways from the week in TV.

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Kellyanne Conway at CPAC.

Kellyanne Conway got pulled off the air for a week

It had been more than a week since Conway appeared on television — an eternity, by her standard.

FILE - In this May 26, 2010, file photo, James O'Keefe makes a statement after leaving the federal courthouse in New Orleans. O'Keefe has announced plans to release recordings on Feb. 23, 2017, that he said were made secretly inside CNN. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

Conservative activist James O’Keefe posts secret CNN recordings

O’Keefe said the recordings were made secretly inside CNN’s Atlanta headquarters in 2009.

ABC’s four-night miniseries “When We Rise” was written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Television review

‘When We Rise’ traces the gay rights fight over decades

Written by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Milk,” ABC’s four-night miniseries is important and timely, yet flawed.

Clive Standen (with Victoria Snow) stars as Bryan Mills, the former Green Beret portrayed by Liam Neeson in the “Taken” films.

Television Review

Inspired by the movie trilogy, ‘Taken’ is one dull origin story

The new NBC series is like a parody of a TV action drama.

Alan Ball is creating a new HBO series with actors Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter as the heads of a multiracial family.

TV critic’s corner

Alan Ball and HBO are a promising pair

The creator of “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood” is returning to the cable network with a new series.

Stephen King.

TV Critic’s Corner

King’s world will come alive in ‘Castle Rock’

A 10-episode drama on Hulu will weave together characters from various stories set in the fictional Maine town.

Terry O’Quinn (left) and Michael Dorman in “Patriot.”

Television review

Hit and miss gags amid jarring shifts in Amazon’s ‘Patriot’

The series about a beleaguered spy (and folk singer) who goes undercover at a pipe factory has a lot of creative energy, even when jokes fall flat.

Stephen Colbert.

Colbert apologizes to ISIS for being unseated by Trump as ‘the enemy of the American people’

“Sorry, ISIS. If you want to get on the list, you’ve got to publish photos of Trump’s inauguration crowd,” Stephen Colbert said on his show.

Meryl Streep at the Golden Globe Awards.

TV Critic’s Corner

ABC sold out its Oscars ads. Here’s why.

Advertisers are constantly on the lookout for live, “appointment TV” events like the Academy Awards.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in “Game of Thrones.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Kit Harington juggles ‘Game’ and ‘Gunpowder’

The actor, who stars as Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones,” is also filming an extracurricular BBC miniseries about England’s’ Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Alec Baldwin as President Trump on “Saturday Night Live.’’

TV Critic’s Corner

When ‘SNL’ goes on break, time to stock up on antacids

Until it returns with new episodes March 4, you’ll need to seek comic relief elsewhere to get through the daily news cycle.

Even as a novelist, Jake Tapper is all about politics

Plus four other takeaways from the week in TV.

Pete Holmes (left) and Artie Lange in “Crashing.”

Comedy

Pete Holmes goes back to the beginning for his new HBO show

The Lexington-bred funnyman created and stars in “Crashing,” a new comedy inspired by his own experiences as a couch-surfing comic.

From left: Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke in “Girls.”

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Let good shows like ‘Girls’ speak for themselves

An actor’s public statement or behavior can cast a shadow over his or her work, but should it?

Comedian Louis C.K. is at the Boch Center’s Wang Theatre on Friday.

THINGS TO DO

The Weekender: Big laughs, little trinkets, and starry shows

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

Paul Giamatti and Maggie Siff in “Billions.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Badmouth ‘Billions’? Not me.

Showtime’s overheated drama returns for a second season Sunday night.

From left: Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman in “Big Little Lies.”

Television review

Exploring secrets of helicopter moms in ‘Big Little Lies’

In this smart and addictive murder mystery, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, and Laura Dern play the mothers of 7-year-olds who are in the same class.

Dave Marciano on season 6 of “Wicked Tuna.”

Names

‘Wicked Tuna’ returns for a sixth season

The first episode of the new season premieres March 12.

Howard Stern at a basketball game last year.

Stern sued over airing call between IRS agent and Mass. taxpayer

Somehow, “The Howard Stern Show” received a confidential call between an IRS agent and a Sandwich woman, and they aired it.

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant in “Santa Clarita Diet.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Santa Clarita Diet’ isn’t everyone’s taste

I’ve heard radically opposed opinions about this Netflix cannibalism comedy.

Bernadette Peters (left), Paul Guilfoyle, and Christine Baranski in “The Good Fight.”

Television Review

‘The Good Fight’ a worthy successor to ‘The Good Wife’

The spinoff from Michelle and Robert King features the same twisty scripts and expert pacing as its predecessor.

TV Critic’s CORNER

Many have played JFK, but some haven’t acted presidential

Michael C. Hall is next on a long list of actors who’ve played the 35th president.

Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis in the FX series “Feud.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Will ‘Feud’ be great, or just a great big mess?

The show will follow the battle between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford on the set of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”

Grammy audience breaks out into ‘Sweet Caroline’

Were we watching the Grammy Awards or a Red Sox game?

Live updates from the 2017 Grammy Awards

Follow along with the fashion, performances, and awards at this year’s Grammys.

El Nacional mistakenly ran a photo of Alec Baldwin doing his impression of President Trump on ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ instead of Trump himself.

Dominican paper apologizes for using Alec Baldwin photo for Trump

Alec Baldwin does a pretty convincing Donald Trump impersonation — just ask a newspaper in the Dominican Republic.

‘SNL’ emits a sense of exhaustion with Trump in this week’s episode

In one sketch, Cecily Strong said to Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump: “I want one day without a CNN alert that scares the hell out of me.”

John Oliver on ‘‘Last Week Tonight,” left, and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”

With Oliver and Baldwin, late-night comedy rushes in to the Trump era

With John Oliver returning from a three-month hiatus and Alec Baldwin hosting ‘SNL,’ this is shaping up to be a big weekend for comedy.

Steve Bannon and Rosie O’Donnell

If it rankles Trump, Rosie is ready to be one of the boys

Rosie O’Donnell suggested she’d make a great Steve Bannon on “SNL.”

Adele will perform at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The Grammys 2017

Grammy night will pack plenty of star power

The list of performers ranges from Adele, Chance the Rapper, and Katy Perry to the Weeknd, Daft Punk, and Metallica.

Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett and Dan Stevens as David Haller in “Legion.”

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You’re not hallucinating, ‘Legion’ is among new shows with unconventional storytelling

Trippy TV dramas — FX’s “Legion” is the newest example — are experimenting with unconventional approaches to storytelling.

TV Critic’s Corner

Idling ‘Idol’ may be staging a return to network TV

Other takeaways from the week in TV: “The Crown” casts its Kennedys, and Colbert surges.

“The LEGO Batman movie.”

THINGS TO DO

The Weekender: Dark knights, pop stars, and cosmic canvases

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

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Channel 7 anchor/reporter Sarah French is leaving the station

And Boston altogether.

Henry Hampton recording “Eyes on the Prize’’ vocals in 1986.

Recalling ground-breaking documentary that reframed history of civil rights movement

On the 30th anniversary of “Eyes on the Prize’’ the story behind creator Henry Hampton’s achievement has been preserved in “True South,” a new book by Jon Else.

Tony Hale and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in HBO’s “Veep.’’

TV Critic’s Corner

When ‘Veep’ returns, will fake politics even be funny?

It’s anyone’s guess how the HBO satire will play this year, now that the political climate has become so charged.

Ricky Gervais reprises his character from “The Office” in the Netflix movie “David Brent: Life on the Road.”

Television Review

Ricky Gervais’s David Brent is free from the office, but stuck with himself

The Netflix movie “David Brent: Life on the Road” marks the return of a cringe-comedy icon.

Larry Wilmore hosted the event last year.

Calls emerge for a boycott of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner

The dinner faced criticism in recent years, as it has become a celebrity event where journalists hobnob with the government officials they’re supposed to objectively cover.

Charlie Rose.

CBS’s Charlie Rose to undergo heart surgery

CBS News morning host Charlie Rose says he’s undergoing heart surgery to replace a heart valve that was installed in 2005.

Richard Hatch in 2013.

Richard Hatch, who starred in ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ dies at 71

Hatch starred in the original television series and its reboot more than two decades later.

In a scene from “John Lewis — Get in the Way,” Nashville police officers carry the future civil rights icon away from a restaurant in 1962.

TV Critic’s Corner

In PBS doc, John Lewis’s actions speak loudly

A film that airs Friday comes in the wake of a Twitter attack on the Georgia congressman by President Trump.