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Do series stars sink or swim after jumping ship?

With Emmy Rossum leaving Showtime’s “Shameless” at the end of the season, which starts Sunday, I’ve been thinking about whether or not other shows have survived such significant departures.

Netflix raising prices for 58 million US subscribers

The streaming company’s most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11.

‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ publisher sues Netflix over ‘Bandersnatch’

The company that publishes the “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels is suing Netflix, seeking $25 million in damages over a “Black Mirror” interactive film.

Final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ to debut April 14

Your long wait is almost over.

Netflix won’t film ‘OBX’ in North Carolina due to ‘Bathroom Bill’

State’s House Bill 2 says that transgender people can only use public bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificates.

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Sarah Jessica Parker drops by Boston dressed for the weather

When the “Sex and the City” actress posted a photo of herself at South Station, fans couldn’t help but wonder . . . why was she visiting Boston?

“SMILF” showrunner and star Frankie Shaw, seen during Season 2, said she’ll make changes.

After claims of problems on ‘SMILF’ set, Frankie Shaw says she’ll ‘do better’

A Hollywood Reporter story last month said the show, set in South Boston, was “a production plagued by allegations of abusive behavior and violations of industry rules.”

Diane Kochilas is the author of “My Greek Table” and host of a show of the same name.

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Diane Kochilas signs copies of her new cookbook at Committee

Gluttony season is over. It’s time to eat lightly and healthfully — preferably with the help of a Mediterranean guru.

Abbi Jacobson (left) and Ilana Glazer in “Broad City.”

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Some of TV’s biggest shows are on the way out in 2019

In 2019, the credits will roll for the last time for “Game of Thrones,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Veep,” “Homeland” and many more.

Broadway in Boston’s production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is at the Boston Opera House.

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The Weekender: Punk rock, pantaloons, and Oompa Loompas

Here’s the best way to spend your weekend, in Boston and beyond.

Michael Jackson arrives at court during his 2005 child molestation trial in Santa Barbara.

TV Critic’s Corner

Allegations resurface in Michael Jackson documentary

“Leaving Neverland” will premiere later this month at the Sundance Film Festival and then air in two parts on HBO in the spring.

From left: Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorff, and Scoot McNairy in the third season of “True Detective.”

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With Mahershala Ali on the case, ‘True Detective’ returns to form

The new season of the HBO anthology series is more enjoyable as a crime drama featuring a strong lead performance than it is as some kind of laden meditation on death.

On Wednesday’s “Good Morning America,” Kevin Hart said he will not host the Oscars.

TV Critic’s Corner

Oscars will go on without Kevin Hart or any host

It sounds potentially chaotic, but it also sounds like the best possible thing to do right now.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., pose for photographers after speaking on Capitol Hill in response President Donald Trump's address, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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TV rerun: Chuck and Nancy were a gift to GIF-makers everywhere Tuesday

Social media may have had fun, but as television programming goes, the Oval Office address and Democratic response were pointless, awkward exercises.

Kevin Hart rules out hosting the Oscars in tense TV interview

Kevin Hart shut the door on hosting the Oscars in an interview on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.

East Boston MA 1/8/19 Matt Cameron an immigration lawyer using Twitter and Facebook while watching President Donald Trump's speech about the boarder in his living room. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:


‘We’re doing American carnage!’ An immigration lawyer hate-watches Trump’s speech

Matt Cameron has more facts than most: while a lot of us have vacillated between irritated and irate over the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies and tactics, Cameron has lived it.

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal portrayed Jeff Bauman in “Stronger.”

See which films received Mass. tax credits — and how much they got

One recent movie received a whopping $26.7 million, according to figures from the state Department of Revenue.

NBC Sports Boston’s Abby Chin is headed out on maternity leave.

NBC Sports Boston’s Abby Chin is ‘just being me’

The Celtics sideline reporter is 39 weeks pregnant with her second child and will soon be headed out on maternity leave.

The cast of “Grosse Pointe” (from left): Lindsay Sloane, Kohl Sudduth, Irene Molloy, Bonnie Somerville, and Al Santos.

TV Critic’s Corner

These promising shows deserved more of a chance

I have a list of shows that I would have saved, if given the magical power to do so.

Alex Dillon wore a sloth costume on the season premiere of “The Bachelor.”

A Boston woman dressed as a sloth was one of the first eliminated on ‘The Bachelor’

“I’m not sure if this is a surprise to anyone but for the record — I’m still single,” contestant Alex Dillon wrote on Instagram after the episode aired.

Home organizer Marie Kondo stars in Netflix's new reality series,

What is KonMari and why are people folding their shirts weird?

Ever since “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” launched on Netflix at the start of the new year, people have been cleaning out their homes of clutter.


Jorge Quiroga’s Channel 5 retirement party filled with familiar faces

The veteran reporter retired after more than 40 years at WCVB’s Channel 5.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski attend the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

John Krasinski cheering on Emily Blunt was a Golden Globes highlight

When the “Mary Poppins Returns” star took the stage Sunday night with Dick Van Dyke, Krasinski hollered his appreciation.

From left: Robert Guillaume, Felicity Huffman, Peter Krause, Joshua Malina, Sabrina Lloyd, and Josh Charles starred in Aaron Sorkin’s “Sports Night.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Aaron Sorkin scored early with ‘Sports Night’

Though it lasted only two seasons, it was a TV auteur’s sitcom, a bittersweet gem.

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2018 file photo, Ethan Hawke arrives at the Governors Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. On Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, the National Society of Film Critics awarded Hawke its best actor award for his performance in


Somerville residents behind quirky Ethan Hawke podcast get a hat tip from ... Ethan Hawke

“I’m just relieved that he doesn’t think I’m crazy,” one of the hosts said.

Elsie Fisher, left, and Bo Burnham arrive at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)


Bo Burnham, John Krasinski get Writers Guild nominations for best original screenplay

Scripts for “Black Panther,” “A Star Is Born,” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” are among five films up for the guild’s best adapted screenplay award.

Nantucket, MA, 01/7/2019 -- Kevin Spacey arrives at Nantucket District Court for his arraignment on a felony count of indecent assault and battery. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 08spaceypic Reporter:

A frigid scene outside the courthouse as Kevin Spacey arrived

National news teams and cameras of all sizes jammed up against local reporters exchanging tips for staying warm as everyone waited for Spacey to arrive.

Aaron Sorkin (right) talks with Josh Charles on the set of ABC's “Sports Night” in 1999.


The week in watching: Rescuing ‘Sports Night,’ George R.R. Martin’s roots, and the virgin ‘Bachelor’

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert navigates the week ahead in television.

Elsie Fisher, left, and Bo Burnham arrive at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Red carpet hits (and a miss) at the Golden Globes

Stars of the big and small screens stepped out in style at the first big Hollywood awards show of 2019.

CBS News president David Rhodes says he’ll step down

Rhodes will be replaced by veteran producer Susan Zirinsky.

This image released by NBC shows hosts Andy Samberg, left, and Sandra Oh at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

Golden Globes hosts Samberg and Oh do cute, and pull it off

Co-hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh’s easy camaraderie set the tone for the telecast.

Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok in “Vikings.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Vikings’ will be history next year

The sixth season will be the final round, which means the show has a good chance of ending before it falls apart.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 03: Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, hosts of the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards, pose after rolling out the red carpet during a preview day at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 3, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


Why Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg’s Golden Globes gig is going to be epic

The hosts are key to the success of the annual awards show, and these two seem to have a special rapport.

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Bethenny Frankel had another close call with her fish allergy

Frankel added the hashtag #epilife, referring to epinephrine, the lifesaving medication used to combat allergic reactions.

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Louis C.K.’s spectacular return to unfunny

C.K.’s new groove sure feels more like a rut.

Dr. Sandra Lee, author and owner of a skin care line, is the star of the TLC series “Dr. Pimple Popper.”


‘Dr. Pimple Popper’ is enough to make your skin crawl

Yes, there is a TV show about removing globules, pustules, lipomas, boils, cysts, zits, and pus from various body parts.

‘Star Talk’ season on hold amid claims against host Tyson

The current season of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Star Talk” series is on hold amid sexual misconduct claims against the prominent astrophysicist.

Summer of Sony International Special Shoot. Pictured: Actor Sacha Baron Cohen.


Roy Moore says he was duped into appearing on Sacha Baron Cohen’s show

The former US Senate candidate from Alabama has filed a $95 million defamation lawsuit over his appearance on ‘‘Who is America?’’

Sandra Oh plays a detective on the BBC America series “Killing Eve.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Better Things,’ ‘Killing Eve’ have return dates

Both series are back for new seasons.

John Judd and Mary Beth Fisher in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of A Doll's House, Part 2, directed by Lucas Hnath, playing January 4 Ñ February 3, 2019 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. © Photo: Kevin Berne

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The Weekender: A brand new Nora, a long lost Ida, and a whole lotta Tay-Tay

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

Hasan Minhaj used an episode of his show to criticize Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen.

Netflix criticized for yanking comedian’s episode in Saudi Arabia

Netflix faced criticism Wednesday from human rights groups for pulling an episode in Saudi Arabia of comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” series that criticized the kingdom’s powerful crown prince.

Super Bowl LII, with the Patriots taking on the Eagles, was the most-watched telecast of 2018.

TV Critic’s Corner

Among 2018’s top-rated shows, sports was the winner

According to Nielsen, more than two-thirds of the top 100 telecasts were sports-related, led by the NFL.

‘‘Singer Presents . . . Elvis’’ first aired Dec. 3, 1968, as a television special on NBC.

50 years later, Elvis’s ‘comeback special’ stands as an epic rock rebirth

The NBC special would become the top-rated show of 1968 and relaunch Elvis’s singing career.

03namesEllen -- In this photo released by Warner Bros., talk show host Ellen DeGeneres surprises the Ferreira family in Milford, MA on

Ellen DeGeneres surprised a Milford family with $50,000 of holiday gifts

The TV host made one local family very, very happy this season.

As of the afternoon of Nov. 2, Rob Delaney had 946,960 Twitter followers. That number surely will have grown by the time you read this. (This photo is a PR handout) Photo credit: Robyn Von Swank/Courtesy of Spiegel -- 15Delaney


Rob Delaney announces birth of son, who arrived soon after loss of 2-year-old

“Having another child in no way, shape or form eases the grief of Henry dying,” Delaney said in an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine.

This image released by Netflix shows Katherine Langford in a scene from the series,

The most sought Netflix show in every state — and how a researcher found them

In some states, teen-oriented shows like “13 Reasons Why” drew the most viewers. But in Massachusetts, “Peaky Blinders” — a series about British gangsters in the 1920s — topped the list.