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Waltham magician Shin Lim wins ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’

Shin Lim performed a dazzling card trick with the help of a TV actress on the finale of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.”

The week in watching: Ray Romano’s serious acting chops, Oscar curiosity, MTV’s repulsive reality show

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week ahead in television.

Jussie Smollett says no truth he played role in attack

Attorneys for Smollett say there is no truth to reports that the ‘‘Empire’’ actor played a role in an assault on him last month by what he described as two men shouting homophobic and racial slurs.

NBC’s Elvis tribute is fit for the King

On Sunday at 9 p.m., NBC will air a two-hour show that re-creates Presley’s “ ’68 Comeback Special.”

Missing Julian Edelman’s beard? You can own it.

Ellen DeGeneres has put the beard trimmings up for auction.

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Producer Eliza Dushku attends a special screening of


Eliza Dushku is expecting her first child

Dushku revealed the news at a New York City screening of “Mapplethorpe,” the film Dushku produced about the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

From left, Actor Matt Damon, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and actor Ben Affleck watch Game 5 of the World Series baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Ben Affleck says his son doesn’t share his love for Boston sports teams

Affleck told Jimmy Kimmel about how he is proudly trying to force Boston fandom on the 6-year-old — and is being rebuffed: “Dad, you’re from Boston. I’m from LA.”


Spielberg, Gaga, sign get-well card for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

An array of Hollywood heavyweights have a message for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Get well soon.

Natasha Lyonne in “Russian Doll.”

BUZZSAW | Matthew Gilbert

Why ‘Russian Doll’ may be the best show of 2019

The Netflix series has hit me on a deeper-than-usual emotional level. I’ve been trying to understand why.

Edie Falco earned Emmys for “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Edie Falco runs the LAPD in CBS pilot ‘Tommy’

The Emmy-winning actress from “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie” will play the first female chief of police in Los Angeles.

Director nominee for


Film academy issues statement amid backlash to changes

After news came out that four Oscars would be presented during commercials, the academy said all winners will still be included in the Feb. 24 broadcast.

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Amazon renews ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ for a third season

Get ready for even more John Krasinski.

LeAnne Parks and Merritt David Janes in “School of Rock.”

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The Weekender: ‘School of Rock,’ ‘Spamilton,’ beards, and banjos

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

Aaron Paul (left) and Bryan Cranston in season 5 of “Breaking Bad.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Details of ‘Breaking Bad’ sequel emerge

The story in the movie will revolve around Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman, a role for which he won three Emmys. Vince Gilligan, the series creator, will write the film, and he may direct it as well.

This April 18, 2018 photo shows Bill Cosby arriving for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. Cosby has been moved to a general population unit as he serves three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Pennsylvania. The move comes after the 81-year-old Cosby spent about four months in special housing as he acclimated to the SCI-Phoenix in suburban Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)


Bill Cosby vows no remorse, even if he sits in prison 10 years

Cosby’s stance could leave him to serve the high end of a three- to 10-year prison term, since sex offenders often must show remorse to win parole.

Clockwise (from top left): Emily Blunt, Rihanna, Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Constance Wu, Kacey Musgraves, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Julia Roberts.


Ahead of the Oscars, People magazine names the most stylish stars

They are the A-listers who wow on the red carpet.

FILE - In this May 2, 2015, file photo, Charles Barkley joins the crowd before the start of the world welterweight championship bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. Emmy award-winning broadcaster Ernie Johnson delivers a behind-the-scenes look at friend and “Inside the NBA” colleague Charles Barkley in the latest PodcastOne Sports Now episode. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)


Charles Barkley gushes about Bill Belichick, Tom Brady on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Nothing, it seems, could have prepared Barkley for the moment he came face to face with quarterback Tom Brady.

David Spade

TV Critic’s Corner

David Spade to host nightly show on Comedy Central

The former “Saturday Night Live” cast member will comment on pop culture on his series, which will premiere later this year.

Actor Henry Golding poses on the red carpet at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Feb. 10, 2019.


Who should replace Ben Affleck as Batman? We have thoughts

Director Matt Reeves is seeking a new star for “The Batman,” set to hit theaters in 2021. So we came up with a short list.

Actor Sam J. Jones poses with members of the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival staff (from left): Elsa McLaughlin, Olivia Grant, and Tishna Lodi.


Actor Sam J. Jones talks about ‘Life After Flash’ documentary

After saving the universe in 1980 sci-fi classic “Flash Gordon,” the film’s charismatic star faded into obscurity. But why?

Lorena Bobbitt wiped away tears during her 1994 trial. A new Amazon docu-series looks back at the high-profile case.


The week in watching: Anticipating John Oliver’s return, revisiting Lorena Bobbitt, adoring rescue dogs

Here’s Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week ahead in television.

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Things to do in Greater Boston this winter

Your seasonal calendar of events, music, theater, and more.

2-7-19 Boston, MA: Author Angie Thomas is pictured as she does a litttle dance as she takes the stage at an event at the Wilbur Theatre where she was promoting her book


Author Angie Thomas talks about her new book at the Wilbur

YA-star author Angie Thomas danced onto the stage at the Wilbur Theatre Thursday night for a conversation with Christina Tucker of the podcast “Unfriendly Black Hotties.”

“The Kominsky Method” star Michael Douglas won the Golden Globe for actor in a TV series, musical or comedy.

TV Critic’s Corner

After statues, ‘The Kominsky Method’ gets recurring cast members

The Netflix comedy seemed to have flown under the radar before winning a pair of Golden Globes.

A reboot of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” will only be shown on CBS All Access, CBS’s streaming video on demand service.


It’s a twilight zone for TV viewers and their budgets

Even if you’re a cord-cutter, you have to be getting irked by all the separate services you need to pay for in order to get the good stuff.

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 file photo, Brandi Carlile performs at One Love Malibu at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, Calif. A list of nominees in the top categories at the 2019 Grammys, including Kendrick Lamar, who is the leader with eight nominations, were announced Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, by the Recording Academy. Drake, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Childish Gambino, H.E.R., Lady Gaga, Maren Morris, SZA, Kacey Musgraves and Greta Van Fleet also scored multiple nominations. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Who’ll win at the Grammys, and who should

Maura Johnston offers her predictions, including the four main categories.

A scene from the film THE LEGO MOVIE 2.

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The Weekender: Legos, Beatles, Grammys, and eye-catching shorts

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

TV Critic’s Corner

Cameron Monaghan returning to ‘Shameless’

The actor, who plays Ian Gallagher, will be back next season.

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. Cosby's lawyers have filed Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, a list of more than 10 alleged trial errors as they try to undo his sexual assault conviction and three- to 10-year prison term. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)


Bill Cosby, 81, moved to general unit at Pennsylvania prison

Cosby has been moved to a general population unit as he serves three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Pennsylvania.

Adult actresses Maya Erskine (left) and Anna Konkle play seventh-grade girls in “PEN15.”

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Hulu’s ‘PEN15’ gives new meaning to ‘that awkward age’

The two geeky seventh-graders at the center of this weirdly wonderful series are played by adults in their 30s.

ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said popular nominees (clockwise) “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “A Star Is Born” could boost Oscars viewership.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Big turnout’ predicted for Oscars broadcast

Karey Burke, the new president of ABC Entertainment, said, “I’ve ironically found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars [host] has kept the Oscars really in the conversation.”

Boston 02/05/19 Patriots owner Robert Kraft holds up the trophy from a duckboat. Thousands of fans lined Boylston Street for the sixth New England Patriots Championship duckboat parade. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)


Robert Kraft shows off glittering necklace at Patriots parade, a gift from Meek Mill

The diamond “Championships” necklace is reportedly named “Dreamchaser,” an apparent reference to Mill’s 2011 mixtape of the same name.

Director of “HAIR” Diane Paulus directing during a rehearsal at The Delecorte Theatre in Manhattan’s Central Park. (Joe Tabacca for The Globe-7/17/08) 28paulus

NBC cancels ‘Hair Live!’ broadcast that Diane Paulus was co-directing

NBC executives hinted that the network plans to focus on more family-friendly entertainment.

New England Patriots' Sony Michel appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday, chatting about the Patriots victory bash.


Sony Michel felt like a fan watching Tom Brady at the Super Bowl victory party

The Patriots rookie stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and spilled the beans on the team’s Super Bowl postgame party.

Adrienne Wright

Getting Salty

A talk with Adrienne Wright of Boston Urban Hospitality — and ‘Top Chef’

When she’s not preparing delicacies for Bravo’s judges, she oversees the menus at two locations of Boston Chops, Deuxave, and dbar.

Julian Edelman with the Lombardi trophy.

Julian Edelman got Super Bowl MVP. But some are saying his PED suspension taints that

Some industry insiders pointed out that if Edelman played in the MLB, he wouldn’t be allowed to compete at all in the postseason — let alone a championship game.

This image provided by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold shows a scene from the company's 2019 Super Bowl NFL football spot starring Zoe Kravitz.

The Internet craze behind that brain-tingling Super Bowl beer ad

What was with that commercial featuring oddly relaxing images of actress Zoe Kravitz whispering into a pair of microphones?

President Trump delivers last year’s State of the Union address at the Capitol.


The week in watching: State of disunion, the Grammys, and the kids of Parkland

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week ahead in television.

Cardi B (pictured in LA in October) told the AP that she had mixed feelings about turning down an offer to perform at the Super Bowl.

Cardi B says she turned down Super Bowl to support Kaepernick

The hip-hop artist says she turned down a lot of money, “but there’s a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him.’’

Asa Butterfield (left) and Emma Mackey in the Netflix series “Sex Education.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Sex Education’ will return for a second season

For all its sex humor, it’s a humane series about the insecurities of the teen years.

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Actor Mark Wahlberg looks on prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


Mark Wahlberg and his family will not be at the Super Bowl this year

The Dorchester native can’t leave the big game early again if he doesn’t go at all.

Actor Jussie Smollett in 2016.

‘Empire’ actor says his account of attack hasn’t changed

Jussie Smollett issued a statement Friday in response to what he told police was a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago earlier this week.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks with members of the media during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, ahead of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


Bill Belichick received a very special gift from ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

“I’ll send you a picture of it on Snapface.”

Tom Brady on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.’


Tom Brady shares his ‘retirement plans’ on ‘The Late Show’

“After football, I’m going to play baseball,” Brady said. “And after baseball, I’m going to play Hamlet.”

Darren Criss as serial killer Andrew Cunanan in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

TV’s crush on killer good looks

The current talk around Ted Bundy reminds us that hot killers are nothing new on TV; they’ve been rock star figures for many years.

Bryan Cranston will star in and executive produce “Your Honor.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Bryan Cranston to star in a Showtime legal drama

The actor will play a respected judge who spirals down into lies and deceit after his son is involved in a hit-and-run accident.