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‘SNL’ returning soon with Gosling and Gadot

The show has announced hosts and musical guests for the season’s first three episodes.

Jimmy Kimmel’s an unlikely advocate, but he’s got everyone’s attention

Kimmel isn’t just complaining about the health care bill and making jokes about the politicians who support it. He’s crossed over into advocacy.

Sean Penn signs on to star in Hulu sci-fi series

The streaming service that gave us “The Handmaid’s Tale” is stepping up its original content.

Emmy ratings low, even with Spicer appearance

This year the Emmys on CBS remained at the all-time low hit by last year’s Jimmy Kimmel-hosted event on ABC.

It won’t cost you to see Emmy’s big winners

Both “Big Little Lies” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” are available during free trials from their respective streaming services.

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

TV Critic’s Corner

A return to ‘Big Little Lies’? Don’t do it

Let the characters go, I say.

Sean Spicer speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Sean Spicer suggests critics of his Emmys appearance should lighten up

Trump critics resented the apparent effort to ‘‘normalize’’ Spicer and make light of the idea of not telling the truth in the White House press room.

Stephen Colbert, left, and Sean Spicer posed backstage at the Emmy Awards on Sunday.

Here are all the digs that celebs took at Trump during the Emmys

With a tumultuous political climate and Stephen Colbert as host, it was no surprise that President Trump was the butt of several jokes.“Imagine if your president was not beloved by Nazis?” sang Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Host Stephen Colbert at the Emmy Awards.

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The Emmys got it right this time

“The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies” were among the big winners, and well-deserving.

Aziz Ansari (left) and Lena Waithe accepted outstanding writing for a comedy series for 'Master of None' (episode 'Thanksgiving').

‘Master of None’’s Lena Waithe is the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing

Watch her speech, where she addresses her “LGBTQIA family.”

John Oliver accepts the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for

Here’s why #DCPublicSchools was trending during the Emmys

Hint: John Oliver and Dave Chapelle had a little something to do with it.

Ann Dowd accepts the Emmy for supporting actress in a drama Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Holyoke’s Ann Dowd wins her first Emmy

The veteran actress won in the supporting actress in a drama category for her unnerving portrayal of Aunt Lydia in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Donald Glover accepted the Emmy for directing, comedy, during Sunday’s awards ceremony.

Donald Glover breaks new ground with Emmy win

He’s the first black director to triumph in the comedy series category.

Alec Baldwin, left, and Hilaria Baldwin arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Alec Baldwin just majorly dissed President Trump

Talk about rubbing salt in a wound.

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks onstage during the 69th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BrownFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Watch Sean Spicer’s surprising Emmys appearance

“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” Spicer said.

Host Stephen Colbert danced onstage.

‘Unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote’

Not even three minutes into the Emmys, Stephen Colbert had poked fun at President Trump. And that was just the beginning.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The best (Samira Wiley) and worst (Samantha Bee) dressed at the Emmys

Plus a lot of photos of other TV stars who walked the red carpet.

Who will win the Emmys — and who should

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert offers his predictions.

Hari Nef is set to appear in the upcoming psychological thriller series “You.”

tv critic’s corner

A new TV role for Newton’s Hari Nef

The actress will appear in the upcoming Lifetime series “You,” a psychological thriller.

Thanks to a long layoff between seasons, there won’t be any Emmys this year for “Game of Thrones.”


With ‘Thrones’ out of the picture, Emmy races could be wide open

This year could be a golden opportunity for newcomers, especially in the drama categories.

Jennifer Lawrence in “mother!”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Artists, martyrs, and envelopes

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

Antiwar demonstrators approach MPs blocking the Pentagon in 1967 in a scene from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War.”

Television Review

‘The Vietnam War’ is Ken Burns’s most ambitious — and darkest — series yet

Burns and Lynn Novick’s 18-hour PBS documentary is a sweeping account of the war — from the battlefield to the homefront — filled with remarkable moments.

A softer Sean Spicer on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

It was a different Sean Spicer who paid a visit to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night.

Frank Vincent attends HBO's World Premiere of two new episodes of 'The Sopranos' at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in March 2007.

Frank Vincent, 80, veteran actor, ‘Sopranos’ mobster

Besides Leotardo, Mr. Vincent also portrayed gangsters for director Martin Scorsese.

Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey in “30 Rock.”

TV Critic’s corner

‘30 Rock’: If you want to go to there, binge now

The series will no longer be available through Netflix beginning next month, unless a new deal is reached.

Jemele Hill was on Tuesday evening’s ‘‘SportsCenter’’ broadcast as usual, despite controversy over her tweets.

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ESPN distances itself from anchor Jemele Hill’s tweets on Trump

Anchor Jemele Hill called President Trump “a white supremacist” and “a bigot.”

Nate Corddry will star in Hulu’s live-action adaptation of the IDW comic book series “Locke & Key.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Weymouth’s Nate Corddry lands a starring role in Hulu horror-fantasy series

“Locke & Key” will be adapted from the comic book series of the same name.

Chris Crocker in 2007, after his YouTube post.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Leave Britney Alone,’ 10 years on

This week, Chris Crocker, now 29 years old and wiser, revisited the experience of becoming the object of countrywide ridicule and disdain overnight.

Alexis Bledel won best guest actress in a drama for her turn on “The Handmaid’s Tale.’’

TV Critic’s Corner

Bledel earned her early Emmy, but others were snubbed

The Creative Arts Emmys gave wins to Gerald McRaney, two “SNL” hosts, and “Stranger Things,” among many others.

FILE - In this July 18, 2015 file photo, comedian Dave Chappelle speaks at the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation's Art for Life Benefit in New York. Chappelle will host Rihanna’s annual charity event in September and Kendrick Lamar will perform. Rihanna said in a statement Tuesday, June 20, 2017, she’s “thrilled that the incomparable Dave Chappelle will kick things off as the official host” and said Lamar, whom she has collaborated with, “will take the stage for an unforgettable performance.” (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

‘SNL’ hosts Dave Chappelle, Melissa McCarthy win Emmy Awards

Chappelle was announced Sunday as best guest actor in a comedy series. He hosted the first ‘‘SNL’’ episode to follow last November’s election.

Regular host Julie Chen will also appear on the celebrity edition.

TV Critic’s Corner

CBS plans a celebrity version of ‘Big Brother’

No word yet on casting.

Louise Fletcher (with Brad Dourif) as Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Big Nurse coming to small screen

Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series will track the journey of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” villain Nurse Ratched.

FILE - This May 14, 2012 file photo shows conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh speaking during a ceremony inducting him into the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the

Rush Limbaugh evacuates studio ahead of Hurricane Irma

Rush Limbaugh, who has suggested that a “panic” caused by hurricanes benefits retailers, the media and climate change activists, abandoned his south Florida studio ahead of Irma.

‘Game of Thrones’ was pirated more than a billion times

Those 1.03 billion illegal downloads and streams were spread out over seven episodes and a downloadable bundle containing the entire season.

ArtsEmerson presents the US premiere of “Reversible,” the new production by circus troupe The 7 Fingers, at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

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The Weekender: Circus kicks, comics, and Sondheim

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

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2012, file photo, Craig Carton talks during the National Football League Back to Football Run at Central Park in New York. Federal officials said the New York sports radio host is in custody and details of the charges against the host of WFAN-AM’s “Boomer and Carton” show were not immediately made public Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. (John Minchillo/AP Images for NFL, File)

‘Boomer and Carton’ co-host Craig Carton arrested on fraud charges

The sports radio personality and others are accused of using a Ponzi scheme and a concert ticket-selling scam to try to pay off gambling debts.

TV Critic’s Corner

It’s been 20 years since ‘Ally McBeal’ became the talk of TV

The Boston-set series — with its dancing babies and eccentric ensemble cast — brought new shadings to the word quirky.

Maggie Gyllenhaal in “The Deuce.”

Television review

A spellbinding look at sleaze and the city in HBO’s ‘The Deuce’

David Simon’s drama is a transporting portrait of porn and prostitution in 1970s New York.

FILE - This March 18, 2014 file photo shows television personalities Nick Lachey, left, and his wife Vanessa Lachey at HBO's

Nick Lachey and Terrell Owens lead ‘Dancing With the Stars’ cast

Actor Frankie Muniz, along with Sasha Pieterse from “Pretty Little Liars” and 1980s pop sensation Debbie Gibson are also cast members.

Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin in “Top of the Lake: China Girl.”

Television review

‘Top of the Lake’ returns, but it’s a shallower thing

It’s a shame the story doesn’t fully work, because some of the acting in “Top of the Lake: China Girl” — especially by Elisabeth Moss — is top of the line.

Soledad O’Brien hosts the primetime special.

Perspectives and solutions in upcoming TV special on the opioid crisis

The primetime broadcast will be aired in Boston on WCVB and in New Hampshire on WMUR.

Chris Pine, who has played Captain Kirk in “Star Trek’’ films and is in the hit movie “Wonder Woman,’’ will star in and executive produce Hulu’s limited series.

TV Critic’s Corner

Bobby Kennedy’s life inspires a Hulu series

Chris Pine will play the senator is a series adapted from the biography “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.”

American soldiers near Da Nang in 1965.

Globe Magazine

Ken Burns, America’s storyteller, produces an epic on Vietnam

Inside the filmmaker’s New Hampshire production studio, as he prepares to release his documentary about our most bitter war.

Trevor Noah is host of “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” on Comedy Central.

TV Critic’s Corner

Trevor Noah’s a favorite with millennials

Like a number of other comics, he is benefiting from the increased political consciousness engendered by the Trump administration.

Damien Chazelle, who won an Oscar for directing “La La Land,” will produce a musical drama for Netflix.


Netflix says ‘Oui’ to Damien Chazelle

The “La La Land” director just signed to executive produce and direct a Paris-set musical drama series called “The Eddy.”

Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will star as a state police detective from Arkansas.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘True Detective’ will be back for a third try

Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will star as a state police detective from Arkansas.