Matthew Gilbert

Stephen Colbert’s sources of inspiration

Stephen Colbert participated in

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The new “Late Show” host is the sum of many parts.

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Pop culture and politicians from both sides of the aisle have been mingling since the advent of TV.

Julian Morris (left) and Ron Perlman in “Hand of God.”

Television review

In new Amazon drama, a vigilante judge with God as his witness

The new Amazon drama has Ron Perlman’s judge finding God — and vengeance.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Hours” and part-time Provincetown resident is a big fan of a series that most reminds him of an epic novel: “The Wire.”

Colbert is morphing from a fire-breathing blowhard into a late-night desk jockey. His new show starts Sept. 8.

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Stephen Colbert’s highly visible transition to ‘The Late Show’

Colbert is morphing from a fire-breathing blowhard into a late-night desk jockey. His new show starts Sept. 8.

Chef Paula Deen will be on the 21st season of “Dancing With The Stars.”

‘Dancing With The Stars’ cast announced

Chef Paula Deen, actor Gary Busey and Bindi Irwin will join singer Chaka Khan, former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and others on the show.

The ticket: TV

Matthew Gilbert on what to watch this week.

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We’ve seen Trump’s theatrics before — on reality TV

Donald Trump is the first candidate to employ the tenets of reality TV and apply its train-wreck philosophy to a presidential campaign.

The Ticket: Television

A look at what’s on TV this week, including “Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC and “Public Morals” on TNT.

Television Review

‘Blunt Talk’ a mixed bag, but Patrick Stewart is aces

As the writing on “Blunt Talk” bounces between inspired insanity and stupidity, Stewart remains enjoyable.

“It’s hard to single out just one series,” Werner says.

TV Confessions: Tom Werner

The chairman of the Boston Red Sox is a longtime TV producer whose series have included “That ’70s Show.”

Television Review

‘SNL’ alums make a mockery of documentaries

Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers team up for a funny new spoof series “Documentary Now!,” premiering Thursday on IFC.

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‘Wire’ creator scores again with HBO miniseries

“Show Me a Hero” is the latest example of David Simon’s gift for turning unglamorous stories into gripping television drama.

Game On

How to speed up soccer? Add rocket-powered cars.

Each five-minute match in “Rocket League” is full of frenetic action.

New trailer introduces ‘Daily Show with Trevor Noah’

Noah is set to start as the new “Daily Show” host on Sept. 28.

Special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/spotlight-S_09159_rgb.jpg The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

What's on TV

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/31/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/mast-A&G-clunes-slideshow-4-scale-690x390.jpg Critic’s Corner for Saturday

A look at what’s on TV this weekend, including “Masterpiece: Arthur & George” on WGBH 2 Sunday night.