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‘The Romanoffs’ is the most binge-proof show on TV

With each episode running some 90 minutes, Matthew Weiner’s new Amazon series appeals to viewers who aren’t in any hurry.

Droll slice of Brooklyn life is a Ted Danson deep cut

A look back at “Bored to Death,” which ran three seasons on HBO from 2009-11.

Louis C.K. makes surprise stop in Saugus on Saturday, addresses allegations

The comedian, who is from Newton, started his set at Giggles Comedy Club by addressing the allegations of sexual misconduct, according to the club’s owner.

PBS mines the past for ‘The Woman in White’

The five-part miniseries is based on Wilkie Collins’s 19th-century mystery novel.

New Kid Jonathan Knight heads to HGTV with a new pilot

“Farmhouse Fixer” is scheduled to air in 2019.

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// A new ‘Star Wars,’ plus a bevy of real-life heroes on screen

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TV’s 10 most moving moments

Forget the manipulations of “This Is Us” — here are some TV moments that managed to wring honest tears.

Dennis Franz played Andy Sipowicz in “NYPD Blue.”

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An ‘NYPD Blue’ spinoff is in the works

The series would center on Andy Sipowicz’s son, Theo, a cop investigating his father’s murder.

Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) barricades herself inside her home (to no avail) in

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The Weekender: Serial killers, crafty barbers, and Nine Inch Nails

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

19namesnecn - NECN anchor Brian Shactman sports the no-tie look on set. (Rich Joyce/NBC10 Boston)


A local news station is saying goodbye to a specific item of clothing

If you’ve been watching NECN recently, you may have noticed something missing. Male anchors in the studio did away with the tie, a longtime staple of business attire.

A room in the “Stranger Things” house.

Can’t wait for the return of ‘Stranger Things’? Do this (if you dare)

Universal Studios has partnered with Netflix and the Duffer Brothers to create a “Stranger Things”-themed haunted house at its Orlando resort.

Peter Dinklage (left) and Jamie Dornan in “My Dinner With Hervé.”

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Dinklage gives ‘My Dinner With Hervé’ humanity

In the HBO film, the actor brings layers of conflict, arrogance, insecurity, and sorrow to a man who, before he killed himself, was viewed as a pop culture oddity.

Linda Lavin (right, with Celia Weston) starred in “Alice” from 1976-85.

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Order’s up for a reboot of ‘Alice’

Fox has greenlighted a pilot to be co-written and co-produced by Oscar winner Diablo Cody.

Cameron Monaghan as Ian Gallagher in “Shameless.”

TV Critic’s Corner

There’s a plot twist to Ian’s exit from ‘Shameless’

When the final scene arrived, it was a sweet little surprise that stayed true to the show’s overall comic-farce-meets-poignant-drama tone.

Mark Wahlberg.


Mark Wahlberg posts video from his ‘old stomping grounds’ in Dorchester

The Dot native posted a quick video from the steps of his “old crib” on Peverell Street.

Amy Landecker and Gaby Hoffmann in the Amazon comedy-drama series “Transparent.”

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Get ready for ‘Transparent,’ the musical

Show creator Jill Soloway is thinking “‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ mixed with ‘La La Land’ mixed with ‘Flight of the Conchords’ with something more Jewish thrown in.”

Jennifer Garner currently stars in HBO’s “Camping.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Could Jennifer Garner be part of an ‘Alias’ reboot?

HBO’s “Camping” is a comedy about a super-controlling woman played by Jennifer Garner and the camping trip she hosts. But talk of an “Alias” reboot got Garner’s attention.

‘Saturday Night Live’ takes on Trump-Kanye meeting

The show’s opening segment made light of last week’s White House gathering.

Seth MacFarlane is in the cast of the still untitled miniseries.

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Roger Ailes movie stalls, but miniseries moves forward

Showtime’s still untitled eight-episode drama will star Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Seth MacFarlane, and Sienna Miller.

“True Detective” is moving on from season 2, which starred Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell.

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HBO’s ‘True Detective’ returns after three-year hiatus

This time around, the anthology series stars Mahershala Ali, who won an Oscar for “Moonlight,” and Stephen Dorff.

In Amazon’s “Forever,” Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen play married couple living a cozy, predictable life in Southern California.


‘Forever,’ explained, admired, and spoiled

But my spoiler-averse nature has been challenged to its very core by Amazon’s lovely series. That ends now.

Former NFL football quarterback Colin Kaepernick is seated on stage during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonies, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Kaepernick is among eight recipients of Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Medals in 2018. Harvard has awarded the medal since 2000 to people whose work has contributed to African and African-American culture. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


Kaepernick, Chappelle receive Harvard black culture awards

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture.

(L to R, Foreground): Lukas Haas, Ryan Gosling and Corey Stoll in FIRST MAN. On the heels of their six-time Academy Award-winning smash,

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The Weekender: Astronauts, divas, dancers, and dad jokes

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

Aaron Eckhart and Marthe Keller in the new Amazon show “The Romanoffs.”

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In Matthew Weiner’s ‘The Romanoffs,’ nobility in name only

Here is a breed of strange, unbearable people living in the shadow — knowingly or unconsciously — of their ancestors.

Matt Damon played Brett Kavanaugh on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.”

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‘Saturday Night’ lame?

At its rare political best, “SNL” can feel thrilling. But so much of it disappoints — and yet year after year, week after week, we tune in by reflex.

Vicki Lawrence and Martin Mull in “The Cool Kids.”

TV Critic’s Corner

The worst sitcom on TV? We have a winner!

Fox’s “The Cool Kids” is abominable, grating, crass, predictable, and lazy.

Ione Skye (left) and Jennifer Garner in “Camping.”

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In HBO’s ‘Camping,’ a weekend goes awry, and so does the comedy

A miscast Jennifer Garner stars as cringe-y and controlling Kathryn, who has planned a camping trip to celebrate her husband’s birthday.

Brian Scalabrine, now a color analyst on NBC Sports Boston, was a fan favorite when he played for the Celtics from 2005 until 2010.

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Brian Scalabrine’s unlikely path from Celtics’ benchwarmer to broadcaster

The affable “Scal” was a fan favorite when he played for the team, and now he gets to run his mouth talking basketball as a broadcaster.

“This Will Only Hurt a Little” author Busy Philipps

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In memoir, Busy Philipps claims James Franco assaulted her on set of ‘Freaks and Geeks’

‘He threw me to the ground. Flat on my back. Wind knocked out of me,” she writes in “This Will Only Hurt a Little.”

Ike Barinholtz attends the world premiere of


Ike Barinholtz talks about his new political satire, ‘The Oath’

The new movie, which Barinholtz wrote, directed, produced, and starred in alongside Tiffany Haddish, follows a very trying, post-election Thanksgiving.

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks will run Fox’s public relations.

TV Critic’s Corner

Ex-White House aide Hope Hicks joining Fox

Hicks will be an executive vice president and chief communications officer at Fox News’ parent company.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, file photo, comedian Jon Stewart performs at the 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes event, in New York. During a taping of a podcast with President Barack Obama's former aide on Monday, May 9, 2016, Stewart described presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a


On new film, Jon Stewart and Steve Carell could make for an ‘Irresistible’ team

Stewart is slated to direct and produce a new movie called “Irresistible” -- and the Massachusetts native is reportedly his top pick for the lead.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 21, 2018 White House Communications Director Hope Hicks watches as US President Donald Trump takes part in a listening session on gun violence with teachers and students in the State Dining Room of the White House. Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and one of President Trumps longest-serving advisers, said Wednesday that she was resigning. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images


Former Trump aide Hope Hicks to work at Fox company

President Donald Trump’s former communications chief Hope Hicks has been hired as communications director at the newly revamped Fox company.

‘SNL’ doesn’t mince words when it comes to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation

The show also addressed the unplanned speech Kanye West gave on last weekend’s “SNL” episode, in which the rapper professed his support for President Trump.

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Nine shows you may have missed, but shouldn’t

“Lodge 49,” “Forever,” “Mr Inbetween” and six other series that stand out in a very crowded field.

Melania Trump (pictured Oct. 5 in Limuru, Kenya) will give her first sit-down interview as first lady on ABC’s “20/20.”

TV Critic’s Corner

ABC’s Melania Trump interview will be a first for the first lady

She will give her only sit-down interview since her husband was elected on “20/20” Oct. 12.

Awkwafina (pictured at an Atlanta screening of “Crazy Rich Asians” in August) hosts “Saturday Night Live” Oct. 6.

TV Critic’s Corner

Enjoying ‘SNL,’ disappointments and all

If “SNL” were completely worthless, people wouldn’t be invested in talking about its worthlessness for decades.

Matt Damon.


Matt Damon and Bill Simmons talked for almost 2 hours. Here’s what we learned

The local duo sure had a lot to talk about.


Greater Boston author readings October 7-13

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Alan Alda

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The award of a lifetime for Alan Alda

The versatile actor will to receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in January.

Marion 'Suge' Knight looks on at his sentencing in Los Angeles, California on October 4, 2018 where Knight was sentenced to 28 years in state prison for the fatal confrontation outside a Compton burger stand nearly four years ago. (Photo by David McNew / POOL / AFP)DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images


Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight sentenced to 28 years in prison

A judge on Thursday sentenced him for running down and killing a man.

Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is losing a squad member

Chelsea Peretti announced on Twitter she’ll be leaving the series sometime during season six.

6 takeaways from Ellie Kemper’s ‘My Squirrel Days’

The star of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and fan favorite from “The Office” shares charming essays that chronicle both her professional and personal life, from being a child to having one.

IFC’s Sloth will feature retro workout videos in January.

TV Critic’s Corner

IFC to launch Sloth, a streaming ‘slow TV channel’

“Throw it on in the background of your next party, or just sit back and zone out,” the network says.


Jimmy Kimmel mocks Matt Damon for ‘Saturday Night Live’ cameo as Brett Kavanaugh

“What a surprise that Matt Damon would have no other plans on a Saturday,” Kimmel said on Monday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Gisele Bundchen chatted with her husband Tom Brady earlier this year during Patriots’ training camp, as their children lingered in the background. Bundchen and Brady had two small marriage ceremonies, the supermodel reveals in her new book.


5 (very) personal things Gisele Bundchen reveals in her new book

The supermodel writes about her panic attacks, breast enhancements, odd home remedies, and other issues in “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life.”

Cristin Milioti in an episode from the fourth season of “Black Mirror.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Is Netflix going to ruin ‘Black Mirror’?

In one upcoming episode, we will be given the chance to select among alternative scenarios. The episode will develop according to our choices.